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MiniMax Hotel To Open in Shanghai in December

MiniMax Hotel To Open in Shanghai in December

Shimao Group announced it will open a new property in China in December 2014. The MiniMax Hotel Shanghai Songjiang is said to target fashionable young travelers and is the first hotel to open up under the company’s MiniMax and MiniMax Premier brands..
The MiniMax brand is a mid-tier hotel concept, while the MiniMax Premier is more high end.
The Shanghai hotel will incorporate eco-friendly innovations such as in-room air quality that is …

Great Moments in Travel History – October 2014

The Old Botanical Gardens in Munich, as seen from the Charles Hotel

The original Palmer House hotel, the first of three, burned to the ground on October 9 during the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, just 13 days after its opening. It was rebuilt and reopened in 1875, and again in 1925. Today, it operates as the Palmer House – a Hilton Hotel.
William E. Boeing was born on October 1, 1888, in Detroit, Michigan.  He later went on to found the Boeing …

Boeing Delivers Air China’s First 747-8 Intercontinental

Boeing Delivers Air China’s First 747-8 Intercontinental

Air China announced that it took delivery of its first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental.  The plane is the first of seven that the aircraft has on order.
The airline said that the 747-8 Intercontinental will offer “double-digit improvements” in fuel consumption over the Boeing 747-400, the aircraft’s predecessor, as well as emit 30% less noise.  The interior of the plane also has more room for carry-ons, as well as significantly more personal …

New Luxury Collection Hotel Opens in Dalian, China

New Luxury Collection Hotel Opens in Dalian, China

Starwood announced the opening of the Castle Hotel, Dalian, in China.  The property is situated on Wanxia Mountain, overlooking Xinghai Bay and the Yellow Sea in the northeastern part of the country.
The property has 292 guestrooms, 29 of which are suites, as well as 67 residences.  Rooms have 47” LCD TVs and glass-top desks, while bathrooms have standalone tubs, glass-enclosed showers, and dual rainforest showerheads.
The hotel has three dining venues, …

American Airlines to Launch New Route Between Dallas/Fort Worth and Beijing

American Airlines to Launch New Route Between Dallas/Fort Worth and Beijing

American Airlines announced it plans to begin new service between Dallas/Fort Worth and Beijing next summer.  The carrier filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation, and is currently awaiting government approval.
Once the service is approved, American will become the first carrier to offer non-stop flights between the two cities.
American plans to operate the service using Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.  The carrier is currently retrofitting its fleet of 777-200ERs to …

Boeing Delivers China Eastern Airlines’ First 777-300ER

Boeing Delivers China Eastern Airlines’ First 777-300ER

China Eastern Airlines announced it took delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER on Wednesday.  The aircraft is the first of 20 777-300ERs that the carrier has on order.
China Eastern said it plans to use the plane on routes between North America and China.  The aircraft will enter service on China Eastern flights to Los Angeles and New York starting in November.
The airline’s 777-300ER is configured with three cabins.  The plane …

Air China to Begin Second Daily Flight Between Beijing and London Heathrow

Air China to Begin Second Daily Flight Between Beijing and London Heathrow

Air China announced that it will add a second daily flight to its Beijing-London Heathrow service on October 26.  The additional flight will operate using Airbus A330-200 aircraft and the carrier will also begin using A330-200s on its other flight connecting the two cities as of October 26.
The airline’s new flights will depart Beijing at 2:30 p.m. and arrive in London at 5:50 p.m.  From London, flights will depart at …