Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Seattle’s Museum of Flight Gets Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Seattle’s Museum of Flight Gets Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing donated a 787 Dreamliner to the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Saturday.
The aircraft is one of the original Dreamliner flight test airplanes, known as ZA003.  The aircraft was first used for the 787 flight test and certification program and then for the Dream Tour, which in 2011 and 2012 introduced the plane to aviation enthusiasts and frequent travelers in 23 countries across the globe.
At a ceremony at the …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2014

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On November 21, 1783, the first free flight with human passengers took place.  Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent le Vieux d’Arlandes drifted approximately five miles (eight kilometers) in France in a hot-air balloon powered by a wood fire.
The Hotel Kämp in Helsinki, Finland, opened its doors on November 1, 1887.  The hotel is still in operation today, and is part of Starwood’s Luxury Collection of hotels.
The first flight …

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 …

Boeing Delivers Air China’s First 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing Delivers Air China’s First 747-8 Intercontinental

Air China announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.  The plane is the first of seven that the aircraft has on order.
The airline said that the 747-8 Intercontinental will offer “double-digit improvements” in fuel consumption over the Boeing 747-400, the aircraft’s predecessor, as well as emit 30% less noise.  The interior of the plane also has more room for carry-ons, as well as significantly more personal …

LOT Polish Airlines Reports Profit

LOT Polish Airlines Reports Profit

LOT Polish Airlines swung back into the black in the first eight months of 2014. The financial results achieved are in line with the restructuring plan approved by the European Commission in July 2014.
The airline reported better than expected results of PLN 100 million ($30.9 million) compared to the same period of 2013. In a statement, LOT said it is seeking to achieve “sustainable profitability.”
The airline said it has been …

Boeing Predicts China Will Be World’s Largest Plane Market By 2033

Boeing Predicts China Will Be World’s Largest Plane Market By 2033

China will be the largest customer for new planes in the world in the course of the next two decades, according to a Boeing forecast released Thursday, and the country will order more than 6,000 new planes in that timeframe.
Chicago-based Boeing said that Chinese airlines will take delivery of 6,020 jets, or 45% of the total demand for planes in the Asia Pacific region between now and 2033.  Currently, China has …

Boeing Delivers United’s First 787-9

Boeing Delivers United’s First 787-9

United Airlines announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  The carrier is the first North American airline to take delivery of the high-tech aircraft.
The plane is the first of 26 787-9s that the carrier has on order.
United will configure its 787-9 with 252 seats.  Forty-eight will be in United BusinessFirst, and 204 will be in economy, including 88 Economy Plus, the airline’s premium economy lite section.  …