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Tottori Airport in Southwest Japan Celebrates Re-Naming

Tottori Airport in Southwest Japan Celebrates Re-Naming

Tottori Airport, located in Tottori Prefecture in Southwestern Japan, announced that it has re-opened as Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport.  The airport celebrated the re-opening with a commemorative charter flight from Shanghai.
The name derives from the main character of the popular manga and anime series “Detective Conan-Case Closed.”  The author and illustrator of the series, Gosho Aoyama, is from the prefecture.  Additionally, the area is home to the largest dune …

ANA to Begin Tokyo Narita-Kuala Lumpur Dreamliner Service

ANA to Begin Tokyo Narita-Kuala Lumpur Dreamliner Service

All Nippon Airways announced that it plans to launch new daily service from Tokyo Narita to Kuala Lumpur on September 1.  The carrier will operate the flights using Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft.
Flights will depart Tokyo at 5:20 p.m. and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 11:35 p.m.  From Kuala Lumpur, flights will depart at 7:00 a.m. and arrive in Tokyo at 3:00 p.m.
In addition to the new Tokyo Narita-Kuala Lumpur service, …

American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta’s Haneda Slots

American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta’s Haneda Slots

American Airlines filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday to operate daily, year-round non-stop service between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.  The service would use the slots currently operated by Delta Air Lines from Seattle.
This is the second time American is making the request.  In October, American made a similar filing, stating that Delta wasn’t making the best possible use of the flight rights.  In December, …

Hong Kong Airlines Begins Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines Begins Hong Kong-Sapporo Route

Hong Kong Airlines announced the launch of service between Hong Kong and Sapporo, Japan on Friday.  The carrier will operate the service five times a week.
Flights depart Hong Kong at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and at 12:00 p.m. on Fridays, and arrive in Sapporo at 2:55 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively.  From Sapporo, flights depart at 3:55 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and at …

ANA to Begin Tokyo-Houston Route

ANA to Begin Tokyo-Houston Route

All Nippon Airways announce that it will begin new, non-stop service between Tokyo and Houston, Texas on June 12 of next year.  In addition, the carrier also said that it will add additional flights between Tokyo and both Singapore and Bangkok next summer.
ANA’s flights to Houston will depart Tokyo Narita at 11:15 a.m. and arrive at George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 9:30 a.m.  Flights from Houston will depart at 11:20 …

All Nippon Airways Launches Smartphone App

All Nippon Airways Launches Smartphone App

All Nippon Airways announced the launch of its new smartphone app, ANA Takeoff Mode. The airline says that the main purpose of the app iss to relax flyers during takeoff.
A survey done by ANA found that 68% of U.S airline passengers feel that the most stressful part of flying is the takeoff.
The ANA Takeoff Mode allows users to move a ball around on a puzzle in order to collect points. …

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 …