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Great Moments in Travel History – January 2015

London Heathrow from the air

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Frenchman Jean-Pierre Blanchard and American John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen-filled balloon.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess …

Etihad Launches its First Dreamliner and Airbus A380 Aircraft

Etihad Launches its First Dreamliner and Airbus A380 Aircraft

Etihad announced the arrival of two new aircraft types, the Airbus A380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Both planes, carrying the new “Facets of Abu Dhabi” livery, were unveiled to the public in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
The A380 is the first of the airline’s planes to have the Residence, a 125-square-foot (11.6-square-meter) suite occupying the forward portion of the upper deck. The Residence offers its occupants a living room, private shower, …

Air Canada to Launch Flights Between Toronto and Dubai in 2015

Air Canada to Launch Flights Between Toronto and Dubai in 2015

Air Canada announced it will begin new non-stop service between Toronto and Dubai on November 3, 2015.  The carrier will operate the service three times a week, using Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Flights are scheduled to depart Toronto at 8:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, and arrive in Dubai at 6:40 p.m. the next day.  From Dubai, flights will depart at 11:55 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, and arrive in …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2014


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 …

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


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 …