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Great Moments in Travel History – December 2014

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The Château Frontenac Hotel in Quebec City, Canada opened its doors on December 20, 1893.  Named for the governor of the New France colony in America in the 17th century, the luxury, castle-like hotel has grown from 170 rooms to its current 613 rooms.
The Wright Brothers made the first controlled, powered, heavier-than-air human flight on December 17, 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
The Palace Hotel, which survived the 1906 San Francisco …

Japan Airlines to Debut New 767-300 Sky Next Interiors

Japan Airlines to Debut New 767-300 Sky Next Interiors

Japan Airlines announced it is rolling out completely new aircraft interiors and as well as in-flight Internet on its domestic fleet of Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.  The new interiors are also destined for domestic Boeing 777s and 737-800s.
The newly-configured Boeing 767-300ERs will begin to fly the Tokyo-Osaka route starting December 8, 2014.
JAL currently offers four daily flights between the two cities.
Osaka International Airport, also known as Osaka-Itami, serves the Kansai region …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2014

The Old Botanical Gardens in Munich, as seen from the Charles Hotel

The original Palmer House hotel, the first of three, burned to the ground on October 9 during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, just 13 days after its opening. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1875, and again in 1925. Today, it operates as the Palmer House – a Hilton Hotel.
William E. Boeing was born on October 1, 1888, in Detroit, Michigan.  He later went on to found the Boeing …

China Eastern Airlines Introduces Wi-Fi on Domestic Service

China Eastern Airlines Introduces Wi-Fi on Domestic Service

China Eastern Airlines announced that it has begun offering in-flight Wi-Fi access on select domestic flights.  The service is provided by China Telecom Satellite and Panasonic Avionics Corporation’s eXConnect system.
Wi-Fi is currently available on one of the airline’s Airbus A330 planes used to operate flights between Beijing and Shanghai.  The carrier plans to eventually install the service on 26 more aircraft in its fleet, including 20 Boeing 777 and six …

Malaysia to Take Custody of Black Boxes and Bodies from Flight 17

Malaysia to Take Custody of Black Boxes and Bodies from Flight 17

Malaysia’s prime minister said Monday that the two black boxes from the downed Malaysia Airlines 777 will be turned over to Malaysian officials and that the country will take custody of the victims’ bodies as well.
Prime Minister Najib Razak said that his country has held behind-the-scenes discussions with “those in charge of the MH17 crash site” and those led to the announcement.  He emphasized the importance of “recovering the remains …

FAA Prohibits Flying Over Eastern Ukraine

FAA Prohibits Flying Over Eastern Ukraine

As a result of the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which the Ukrainian government has termed a terrorist attack, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued a Notice to Airman, often referred to as a Notam, that prohibits U.S. airlines from flying in the airspace over eastern Ukraine.
The restricted area includes the entire Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk flight information regions and is an expansion of prohibitions in the area that were …

Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down Fighter Jet on Wednesday

Ukraine Says Russia Shot Down Fighter Jet on Wednesday

The Ukrainian government said that a Russian plane had shot down a Ukrainian fighter over Ukrainian airspace on Wednesday, an accusation that brought no confirmation or denial from the Russian government.
“Military aircraft of the Russian Federation carried out a rocket attack on a Su-25 plane of the armed forces of Ukraine, which was on a mission in Ukraine,” said Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense …