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Great Moments in Travel History – November 2016

Washington Dulles International Airport

Robert Esnault-Pelterie, a French aviation pioneer, was born on November 8, 1881. He developed the idea of ailerons, which allow “banking” of fixed-wing aircraft around the fuselage’s longitudinal axis and are essential in making turns when aloft.
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 in a rigid …

Xiamen Airlines Begins Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle Flights

Xiamen Airlines Begins Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle Flights

Xiamen Airlines announced the launch of new Xiamen-Shenzhen-Seattle service. The route is the carrier’s first with a destination in the United States.
Xiamen Airlines will operate the service using Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The service is also the first route between Shenzhen and the United States.
Xiamen Airlines, founded in 1982, is a member of the SkyTeam alliance and is headquartered in Xiamen, China.
(Photo: Accura Media Group)

ANA Grounds Dreamliners to Repair Engines

ANA Grounds Dreamliners to Repair Engines

All Nippon Airways said it has begun to temporarily ground its fleet of 50 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
The world’s largest operator of the high-tech Dreamliner said it has to replace a critical engine component. The action comes as the result of an incident last February after an engine on one of its 787s overheated. The plane returned to Kuala Lumpur International Airport and a subsequent inspection revealed damage to medium-pressure …

Why Norwegian’s Cheap Seats and High-Tech Planes Are Frightening Airlines and Politicians

Wings over London.

The dustbin of aviation history is littered with the carcasses of failed low-cost carriers, People Express, Skybus, and Laker Airways to name just a few. Yet every now and then, a company breaks through and manages to not only challenge the airline industry status quo and inexorably changes its norms.
Given this history, it’s no wonder so many are afraid of Norwegian, already one of the big names in low-cost airfare within …

United Begins San Francisco-Singapore Service, World’s Longest 787 Route

United Begins San Francisco-Singapore Service, World’s Longest 787 Route

United Airlines announced the launch of new daily, non-stop service between San Francisco and Singapore. The route, which the carrier will operate using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, is the first non-stop service connecting the two cities.
At 8,446 miles (14,236 kilometers), the route is the longest scheduled flight operated by an American carrier, and the longest scheduled flight by a 787 Dreamliner.
Flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 10:55 p.m. and …

FAA Orders ‘Urgent’ Engine Fix for Some Boeing 787 Dreamliners

FAA Orders ‘Urgent’ Engine Fix for Some Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Boeing’s high-tech 787 Dreamliner is in the headlines again. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration issued an airworthiness directive on Friday calling for modifications to be made to specific General Electric engines installed on some models of the plane.
“We are issuing this AD to prevent susceptibility to heavy fan blade rubs, which could result in engine damage and a possible in-flight non-restartable power loss of one or both engines,” the FAA …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2016

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The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco was all set for opening day when, on April 18, 1906, the city suffered a devastating earthquake.  Fires from the quake consumed much of the property, and the hotel had to be largely rebuilt before reopening exactly one year later.  The property is still in operation today, and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America.
On April 24, 1909, Wilbur Wright brought along a photojournalist …