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WestJet Gets its First Dreamliner

WestJet Gets its First Dreamliner

Canadian low-cost carrier WestJet took delivery of its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft on Thursday.
The Calgary-based airline will use the high-tech aircraft to open up new routes including the first-ever flight connecting Calgary and Dublin. Other planned routes include flights linking Calgary to both London’s Gatwick Airport and Paris.
WestJet’s Dreamliners will seat 320 passengers in a three-class configuration. The airline will offer a business-class cabin with its first ever fully …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2019

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …

Lobby Bar – December 14: Hanging Chads, Boarding by Color, and ‘I’ll Take Famous Squirrels for $250, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: A Modern Day Parable
Do Not Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate.  After counting over 1.6 billion ballots, the accounting firm of Dewey Cheattham & Howe halted the announcement of winners of the Frequent Business Traveler GlobeRunner Awards in New York City. The accountants discovered that most of the votes were invalid because voters failed to follow instructions on the punchcard ballot, which was originally designed in 1971. Fortunately, common sense prevailed …

Boeing Hits Milestone with Delivery of Dreamliner No. 787

Boeing Hits Milestone with Delivery of Dreamliner No. 787

Boeing celebrated the delivery of its 787th Dreamliner aircraft Thursday at the Everett Delivery Center in Washington.
The airplane was delivered to AerCap, an aircraft lessor and major 787 customer, and it will be operated by China Southern, one of China’s “big three” airlines. China Southern already has ten 787-8 and eight 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in its fleet.
Noting that the airline was the Dreamliner’s launch customer in China, Ihssane Mounir, a …

United Airlines Takes Delivery of Its First Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

United Airlines Takes Delivery of Its First Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner

United Airlines became the first airline in the United States to operate the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner when it accepted delivery of one on Monday.
The Boeing 787-10 is the biggest in the Dreamliner fleet.  It is 1’ 6” (457 mm) wider and 37’ 11” (11.6 meters) longer than the original Dreamliner and can carry 32 business-class passengers and 298 in coach in a typical two-class configuration.
The move made United the …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2018

November, the penultimate month of the calendar, is the last full month of autumn in the Northern Hemisphere and the last full month of Spring in the Southern. Originally the ninth month in the Roman calendar, November retained its name, which is derived from the Latin “novem” or “nine.”
Robert Esnault-Pelterie, a French aviation pioneer, was born on November 8, 1881. He developed the idea of ailerons, which allow “banking” of …

Lobby Bar – October 6: Star Trek, The Swingin’ 60s, and ‘I’ll Take Airport History for $200, Alex!’

Lobby Bar: The Airline With the Most Cancelled Flights
Catch me if you can.  The Pan Am Museum Foundation celebrated the opening of an exhibit on the Boeing 707, the aircraft that ushered in the jet age.  No. 1 Pan Am Fan and FBT Editorial Director Jonathan Spira was, of course, in attendance at the retro 60s gala, which included a dinner inspired by the first Pan Am 707 flight from …