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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 …

American to Increase Service on London Heathrow-LAX Route

American to Increase Service on London Heathrow-LAX Route

American Airlines announced it will add an extra daily flight on its route between London Heathrow and Los Angeles International Airport beginning March 28 of next year.  The new flight will operate using a Boeing 777-300ER.
The flight will be in addition to American’s existing daily service between the two cities, as well as its joint business partner British Airways’ twice daily service between London Heathrow and LAX.
American’s Boeing 777-300ERs are …

Virgin Atlantic to Discontinue Little Red Flights

Virgin Atlantic to Discontinue Little Red Flights

Virgin Atlantic announced it will discontinue its short-haul Little Red service next year.  The service currently offers flights between London Heathrow and Manchester, as well as Edinburgh and Aberdeen, Scotland.
Virgin will cease Little Red London-Manchester service at the end of March 2015, while its Little Red flights between London and both Edinburgh and Aberdeen are scheduled to operate through the end of September 2015.
The carrier first launched its Little Red …

British Airways Launches A380 Service Between London and Washington, D.C.

British Airways Launches A380 Service Between London and Washington, D.C.

British Airways announced the launch of Airbus A380 superjumbo service on its route between London Heathrow and Washington Dulles International Airport.
The airline will operate the A380 on five flights a week between the two capital cities through the end of October, at which point the A380 service will begin to operate daily.  The flights will be in addition to the carrier’s daily Boeing 747 service, and its thrice weekly 777 …

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 …

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Airbus Delivers Qatar Airways’ First A380

Qatar Airways announced that it took delivery of its first Airbus A380 on Wednesday.  The carrier currently has nine more superjumbos on order.
Qatar plans to put the plane into service on its route between Doha’s Hamad International Airport and London Heathrow, followed by its Doha-Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport route.
The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine plane that had its first flight in 2005 and entered commercial service in …

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic to Increase Transatlantic Offerings, Discontinue Service to Narita, Mumbai, and Cape Town

Virgin Atlantic announced multiple changes to its schedule including the discontinuation of service to several major cities.
Virgin will add an extra daily flight between London Heathrow and both New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles.  In addition, the airline will add an additional seasonal flight between Heathrow and Miami during the winter, as well as an additional flight to San Francisco and Atlanta during the summer.
Virgin will also …