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Air France Flight Diverted to Kenya After Bomb Scare ‘False Alarm’

Air France Flight Diverted to Kenya After Bomb Scare ‘False Alarm’

An Air France jet traveling from the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius to Paris made an emergency landing in Kenya after a suspicious package, feared to be a bomb, was discovered in a lavatory. The airline later said that the scare was a false alarm and authorities in Kenya held four passengers from the flight for questioning.
Air France Flight 463 was en route to Paris when a passenger reported a …

Eva Air Finalizes $8 Billion Boeing 777 and Dreamliner Order

Eva Air Finalizes $8 Billion Boeing 777 and Dreamliner Order

Eva Airways and Boeing said they had finalized an order for as many as 24 787-10 Dreamliners and two Boeing 777-300ER planes. The order is valued at over $8 billion at current list prices.
The transaction is Taiwan’s largest single purchase of commercial airliners.
The 787-10 is the third variant of the high-tech Dreamliner aircraft. It is 224’ 1” (68.3 meters) long, seats 330 passengers in a two-class configuration, and has a …

Lobby Bar – September 4: Taco Cruises, Hotels on Wheels, and the rise of the Aircraft Bank

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iEfficient. Jonathan Spira borrows George Jetson’s BMW i3 for a night on the town.  The electric vehicle can be charged via a Level …

Boeing Delivers Emirates’ 150th 777

Boeing Delivers Emirates’ 150th 777

Emirates Airline announced that it took delivery of three Boeing 777s, marking the 150th 777 in the carrier’s fleet.  The order, which consisted of two 777-300ERs and one 777 Freighter, was the first time in 15 years that Boeing has delivered three 777s at one time to a single customer.
The Boeing 777-300ER can seat up to 386 passengers in a three-class configuration.  The aircraft has a maximum range of 7,930 …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2015

An El Al 747 at JFK.  El Al's first international flight was July 3, 1949

On July 10, 1887, the Grand Hotel opened on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  The property, a National Historic Landmark, boasts of having the world’s largest porch.  Over the years, the hotel has hosted a variety of notable guests including Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, five U.S. Presidents (Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Amelia Earhart, the …

Paris Air Show Starts with Flurry of Orders at Airbus and Boeing

Paris Air Show Starts with Flurry of Orders at Airbus and Boeing

The Paris Air Show opened its doors Monday and Airbus and Boeing announced over 200 orders for new aircraft within the first few hours. Airbus also announced a new aircraft, the A330-300 Regional, a wide-body passenger jet optimized for shorter routes, with an order for 20 by launch customer Saudi Arabian Airlines.
The A330-300 Regional can be configured to hold as many as 400 passengers on flights up to 3,000 nautical …

Great Moments in Travel History – June 2015

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On June 23, 1905, the Wright Flyer III, piloted by Orville Wright, made its first flight.  The Flyer was the third powered aircraft built by the Wright Brothers and with the modifications they made, it achieved substantially greater performance than their previous two efforts.
The Hotel Utah opened its doors in downtown Salt Lake City on June 9, 1911.  It remained open for 76 years, hosting such notable figures as U.S. …