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Great Moments in Travel History – March 2015

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The St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco opened on March 21, 1904.  Notable individuals including Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Woodrow Wilson, Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Reagan, and Queen Elizabeth II have all stayed at the California property, which is in operation today as the Westin St. Francis.
On March 10, 1910, William Boeing bought Heath’s Shipyard in Seattle, Washington.  The shipyard, located on the Duwamish River, would become Boeing’s first airplane factory.
Le Canard …

Alaska Airlines Orders Six Boeing 737-900ERs

Alaska Airlines Orders Six Boeing 737-900ERs

Alaska Airlines announced that it placed an order for six Boeing 737-900ER aircraft.  The order is valued at $594 million at list price, and the airline is scheduled to take delivery of the planes by 2017.
Alaska says that it plans to replace its current 737-400s with its new 737-900ERs over the next few years.  The 737-900ERs are capable of transporting 25% more passengers on the same amount of fuel as …

Transavia Orders 17 Next Generation 737-800s

Transavia Orders 17 Next Generation 737-800s

Boeing announced that Transavia, a low-cost subsidiary of Air France/KLM, ordered 17 Next Generation 737-800s.  The order, which includes options for three additional aircraft, is valued at $1.6 billion at list price.
The Boeing 737-800 is part of the 737 Next Generation family, which consists of the -600, -700, -800, and -900 models of the aircraft.  It is the third generation of the 737 and has been in production since 1996.  …

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 …

Malaysia Airlines Hits Milestone with 100th Boeing 737

Malaysia Airlines Hits Milestone with 100th Boeing 737

Malaysia Airlines announced that it took delivery of its 100th Boeing 737 aircraft, a Next Generation 737-800, on Friday.
The plane is configured with Boeing Sky Interior, which features LED lighting, sculpted sidewalls, and larger pivoting overhead bins.
The carrier took delivery of its first 737, a 737-200, in 1972.  Since then, the airline has operated 737-200s, 300s, 400s, 500s, and 800s.  The airline’s fleet also includes 747-400s and 777-200ERs.
Boeing has delivered …

Rynanair Orders 100 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

Rynanair Orders 100 Boeing 737 Max Aircraft

Boeing announced that Ryanair finalized an order for 100 737 Max 200 planes.  The order, valued at $11 billion at current list prices, includes options for an additional 100 of the aircraft.
The Boeing 737 Max 200 is a variant of the 737 Max 8, and can be arranged to accommodate up to 200 passengers.  The single-aisle aircraft will provide up to 5% lower operating costs than the 737 Max 8.
The …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2014

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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 …