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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. …

Austrian Airlines to Link Vienna with Miami

Austrian Airlines to Link Vienna with Miami

Austrian Airlines announced that it plans to launch new service between Vienna and Miami on October 16.  In addition, the carrier said that it will launch new summer seasonal service between Vienna and Mahon, the capital city of the Spanish island of Menorca.
Flights to Miami will depart Vienna at 9:55 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and will arrive at 3:20 p.m.  From Miami, flights will depart at …

Air Canada to Debut Premium Business Class on Transcon Flights

Air Canada to Debut Premium Business Class on Transcon Flights

Air Canada announced it will introduce a new premium business-class offering on transcontinental flights on March 1. The service will be called Business Class – Transcontinental, and will be available on select flights linking Toronto with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Calgary, a well as on flights between Montreal and Vancouver.
Air Canada’s Business Class – Transcontinental will offer suites with fully lie-flat seats, accompanied by a large pillow and …

United to Begin Seasonal Chicago-Rome Flights

United to Begin Seasonal Chicago-Rome Flights

United Airlines announced that it will launch new seasonal service between Chicago and Rome, Italy on May 16, 2015.  The new route is subject to government approval.
The carrier will operate the service five times a week between May 16 and June 3, daily between June 4 and August 17, and six times a week between August 18 and September 23, 2015.
Flights are scheduled to depart Chicago O’Hare at 6:00 p.m. …

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 …