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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 …

BOC Aviation Orders Boeing Max 8s, Next-Generations, 777s

BOC Aviation Orders Boeing Max 8s, Next-Generations, 777s

Boeing announced that it received an order for 82 planes from BOC Aviation, a Singapore-based leasing company.  The order is valued at $8.8 billion at list prices.
Included in the order are 50 737 Max 8s, 30 Next-Generation 737-800s, and two 777-300ERs.  The purchase is the largest in BOC’s history.
The 737 Max uses CFM International Leap-1B engines and has new winglets, which provide a 14% improvement in fuel use over other single-aisle …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2014

Lobby staircase, Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

The United Kingdom officially entered the First World War on August 4, 1914, with a declaration of war against Germany.
The International Air Traffic Association was formed on August 28, 1919, in The Hague, Holland.  The organization is the predecessor to the International Air Transport Association, which currently represents 240 airlines that make up approximately 84% of all airlines’ passenger carrying capacity.
On August 18, 1934, Jeannette and Jean Piccard flew the …

All Nippon Airways Purchases 40 Boeing Wide-body Planes

All Nippon Airways Purchases 40 Boeing Wide-body Planes

All Nippon Airways announced it has finalized an order with Boeing for 40 new wide-body aircraft.  The purchase includes 20 777-9X planes, 14 787-9 Dreamliners, and six 777-300ERs, and is valued at approximately $13 billion at list prices.
The 777-9X is the latest version in Boeing’s line of 777X aircraft, along with the 777-8X.  The twin-aisle model incorporates the GE9X engine and is designed to reduce fuel consumption by 12% and …

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 …