Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Great Moments in Travel History – September 2014

The Boeing 747 is the world's most recognizable aircraft

Chicago’s Palmer House hotel opened its doors on September 26, 1871, a mere 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire.  The structure did not survive the blaze and had to be rebuilt.  It reopened its doors in 1875.
John Jacob Astor IV’s St. Regis hotel in New York City opened its doors on September 4, 1904.  At the time, Astor also owned half of the Waldorf-Astoria.  It’s known for its iconic …

Boeing Delivers Xiamen Airlines’ First 787 Dreamliner

Boeing Delivers Xiamen Airlines’ First 787 Dreamliner

Xiamen Airlines announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  The carrier is the third Chinese airline to operate the aircraft.
Xiamen plans to use its 787-8 on long-haul routes between China and Europe, North America, and Australia.  The airline currently has a five more 787s on order.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is a member of the Boeing 787 family, which also includes the 787-9 and the 787-10. The …

Boeing Delivers Royal Jordanian’s First Dreamliner

Boeing Delivers Royal Jordanian’s First Dreamliner

Royal Jordanian Airlines, the flag carrier of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on Wednesday.  The airline follows Qatar Airways as the second carrier in the Middle East to operate a Dreamliner.
Royal Jordanian will configure the aircraft with 24 seats in business class and 246 seats in economy class.  The plane will also have LED mood lighting, larger windows and overhead …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: July 19, 2014

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As another weekend arrives, we bring to your attention once again the most important news and features of the past week.  Here are five must-read stories that will capture your interest.
1.) Jonathan Spira stayed at Claridge’s in London, where he enjoyed an elegant Art Deco room, around-the-clock butler service, and a delicious dinner of truffled Cornish lobster risotto.  He was very impressed by the hotel’s beautiful décor and attentive service.
2.) …

Air Canada Debuts 787 Dreamliner on Toronto-Tokyo Haneda Route

Air Canada Debuts 787 Dreamliner on Toronto-Tokyo Haneda Route

Air Canada announced that it has begun using Boeing 787 Dreamliners to operate flights between Toronto and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, marking the first time that the carrier has deployed the aircraft on a scheduled route.  The airline launched its Toronto-Tokyo Haneda service on July 1, and had previously been using Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on the route before transitioning to 787-8 Dreamliners.
The planes are equipped with 20 pod-like seats in business …

Air Lease Becomes Launch Customer of Airbus A330neo

Air Lease Becomes Launch Customer of Airbus A330neo

Airbus announced that Los Angeles-based Air Lease Corporation will be the initial launch customer for the upgraded A330neo wide-body aircraft on Monday.
Air Lease said it had signed a memorandum of understanding for 25 A330neo planes as well as for 60 of the narrow-body A321neo jets.
“When a leading lessor, ALC, is the first to sign up for a new aircraft, it’s a loud and clear signal that you’ve got it right, …

Airbus Said to be Planning More Efficient A330 Widebody

Airbus Said to be Planning More Efficient A330 Widebody

On the eve of the start of the Farnborough Air Show in the United Kingdom, Airbus is said to be discussing advanced plans for an upgraded A330 with potential customers.
The new A330 would be an upgrade of the existing plane, not an entirely new design.  It would be 14% more fuel efficient, according to various reports, and have far greater range.  The news was first reported in the Wall Street …