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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 …

Boeing, SMBC Announce Order for 80 737 Max 8s

Boeing, SMBC Announce Order for 80 737 Max 8s

SMBC Aviation Capital, an aircraft leasing company, announced an order for 80 Boeing 737 Max 8s.  The order, valued at over $8.5 billion at list price, is the largest single order for 737 Max planes from a leasing company.
With the order, SMBC becomes the 50th 737 Max customer.
The Boeing 737 Max uses CFM International Leap-1B engines and has new winglets, which provide a 14% improvement in fuel use over comparable …

Seattle’s Museum of Flight Gets Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Seattle’s Museum of Flight Gets Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Boeing donated a 787 Dreamliner to the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Saturday.
The aircraft is one of the original Dreamliner flight test airplanes, known as ZA003.  The aircraft was first used for the 787 flight test and certification program and then for the Dream Tour, which in 2011 and 2012 introduced the plane to aviation enthusiasts and frequent travelers in 23 countries across the globe.
At a ceremony at the …

Great Moments in Travel History – November 2014

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On November 21, 1783, the first free flight with human passengers took place.  Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier and François Laurent le Vieux d’Arlandes drifted approximately five miles (eight kilometers) in France in a hot-air balloon powered by a wood fire.
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 …