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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 …

6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Japan

6.5-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that a powerful earthquake occurred early Saturday off the coast of northern Japan, the same region that was devastated by a far more deadly tremor, tsunami, and nuclear disaster three years earlier.
The earthquake was centered off Honshu Island about 176 miles (284 kilometers) east-northeast of Tokyo and was about 7 miles (11 kilometers) deep.  The U.S. Geological Survey initially estimated the earthquake’s magnitude at 6.8, …

Great Moments in Travel History – July 2014

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On July 10, 1887, the Grand Hotel opened on Mackinac Island, Michigan.  The property, a National Historic Landmark, boasts of having the world’s largest porch.  Over the years, the hotel has hosted a variety of notable guests, including Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, five U.S. Presidents (Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton), Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Amelia Earheart, the …

JAL to Begin Offering In-Flight Internet Service on Domestic Routes

JAL to Begin Offering In-Flight Internet Service on Domestic Routes

Japan Airlines announced it will introduce in-flight Wi-Fi on select domestic routes beginning July 23. The service will be provided by U.S. in-flight Internet provider Gogo on the airline’s newly refurbished Boeing aircraft, which will also feature new cabin interiors.
The service will be available on select flights between Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport and Osaka, Fukuoka, and Hakodate. The airline also plans to introduce the service to select flights between Tokyo …

Lobby Bar – June 27: Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Rich Corinthian Leather, and Please Don’t Feed the Tourists

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The Lobby Bar – An Irreverent Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views 
Bad for romance.  More airlines are flying more planes to China from North America.  The news reportedly came as a great disappointment to Bing Crosby, who was at last report still trying to get Peggy Lee on a slow boat to China.
Déjà vu part trois.  Jonathan Spira continues his quest to fly a Dreamliner from each …

Summer Getaways Off the Beaten Path

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The onset of warmer weather in the past few weeks means one thing to most people: summer vacation.  If you haven’t packed your bags yet, here are some recommended summer getaways that promise rest and relaxation in unique settings.
Hoshinoya Karuizawa
Karuizawa, Japan
Many visitors to Japan don’t get past the larger cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto, and by not doing so, they are missing out on a secret Japan, one that …

New Andaz Hotel Opens in Tokyo

New Andaz Hotel Opens in Tokyo

Hyatt announced the opening of the Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills in Japan.  The property is the first Andaz hotel in the country, and the company’s twelfth overall in the world.
The hotel is located within the 52-story Toranomon Hills tower, between the 47th and 52nd floors.  The property has 164 guestrooms, eight of which are suites.
Rooms are designed with natural materials such as washi paper and walnut, and bathrooms have deep …