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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 …

LOT to Link Warsaw with Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo in 2016

LOT to Link Warsaw with Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo in 2016

LOT Polish Airlines announced plans for new routes from its hub in Warsaw to Bangkok, Seoul, and Tokyo.
The Polish flag carrier will start non-stop service from Warsaw Chopin Airport to Narita International Airport on January 16, 2016.  It plans to launch Bangkok and Seoul in October 2016 with a frequency of two to three flights per week.
The airline will operate these flights using its new Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet of …

Paris Air Show Day 3: A320neos and 747-8s Abound

Paris Air Show Day 3: A320neos and 747-8s Abound

Orders from airlines across the globe continued to be announced at the Paris Air Show on its third day.  The event, which opened Monday, serves as a trade show for the first four days and opens up to the general public on Friday.
Boeing’s 747-8 program got a significant boost after the plane maker received an order from cargo operator Volga-Dnepr Group for 20 additional 747-8 Freighters.   The Chicago-based company also …

Hainan Airlines Begins Service Between Beijing and San Jose, California

Hainan Airlines Begins Service Between Beijing and San Jose, California

Hainan Airlines announced the launch of new service between San Jose, California and Beijing, China.  The carrier operates the service five days a week, using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
Flights will depart Mineta San Jose International Airport at 1:10 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport at 4:40 p.m. the next day.  From Beijing, flights will depart at 2:30 p.m., also on Mondays, Wednesdays, …

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 …

Lobby Bar – May 8: Emotional Cars, Kinetic Denim, Broadway Broads, and We’re Hiring

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Bittersweet symphony. Join The Diesel Driver for a farewell voyage to Philadelphia with the BMW 535d. It was a bittersweet drive; the driver shed a few tears, and the 535d even leaked a few droplets of diesel in an effort to convey emotion.
Discovery café. Jesse Sokolow explores Hollywood and West Hollywood, finding all of the best things to do in …

American Postpones Five Boeing Dreamliner Deliveries

American Postpones Five Boeing Dreamliner Deliveries

American Airlines said that it plans to delay taking delivery of five Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft as a response to slower than anticipated growth in international travel demand.
The Fort Worth-based carrier said it plans to take the five planes in 2017 and 2018 instead of in 2016.  American received its third Dreamliner on Friday and plans to put the high-tech aircraft into service on flights between its Dallas and Chicago …