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Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner Flight Hits 801 MPH, Shatters Record

Virgin Atlantic Dreamliner Flight Hits 801 MPH, Shatters Record

A Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 787 Dreamliner broke a speed record when it hit a ground speed of 801 mph (1,289 km/h) late Monday.
Virgin Flight 8, which departed Los Angeles at 2:48 p.m. local time on Monday, managed to hit that speed thanks to a tail wind of over 200 mph (322 km/h) encountered over Pennsylvania.
Aviation geeks as well as commercial pilots were agog.
“[N]ever ever seen this kind of tailwind …

Virgin Atlantic to Introduce Non-Stop Service to Tel Aviv

Virgin Atlantic to Introduce Non-Stop Service to Tel Aviv

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced plans to launch non-stop flights from London to Tel Aviv.
The airline will operate the service using Airbus A330-300 aircraft which include Virgin’s Upper Class business-class cabin, Premium Economy, premium-economy lite, and coach.
“Israel’s economy is booming and as one of the world’s leading tech hubs we’re anticipating many business travellers and entrepreneurs flying between Tel Aviv and the UK,” said Virgin CEO Shai Weiss in a statement.
The …

IHG Opens Staybridge Suites Hotel Near London Heathrow

IHG Opens Staybridge Suites Hotel Near London Heathrow

InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the Staybridge Suites London-Heathrow Bath Road hotel.
The new residential-style property features 145 apartment-style studio rooms and 45 one-bedroom suites with a neutral décor in teal and vintage mustard colors. All are equipped with a full kitchen in charcoal.
Evening socials are held Tuesdays through Thursdays offering guests complimentary snacks and beverages.
The hotel offers one meeting space, the Den, which accommodates up to …

Drone Sighting at London Heathrow Halts Flights

Drone Sighting at London Heathrow Halts Flights

London Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, was temporarily closed on Tuesday after a drone was sighted in the vicinity.
The incident comes after several such occurrences at nearby Gatwick Airport last month, where flights were repeatedly halted, in one case for over a day.
“We are responding to a drone sighting at Heathrow,” the airport said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, we have stopped departures while we investigate. We apologize to …

JetBlue Reveals Plans for Longer-Range Version of Airbus A321 with Possible London Route

JetBlue Reveals Plans for Longer-Range Version of Airbus A321 with Possible London Route

JetBlue Airways provided additional details on its plans to add the longer-range version of the Airbus A321 to its fleet.
The news came via a message to employees by airline CEO Robin Hayes on December 31.
“In 2019 we will announce our decision on the Long Range version of the A321,” it said. “This aircraft could open up new and exciting markets for us,” he added, indicating that London was a possible …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2019

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …

What You Read in 2018: The Most Popular Features, Reviews, and News Stories of the Year

As the year 2018 comes to a close, it’s time to look at some of the most popular news stories and features of the year.
The big news over the past year was the opening of the first new terminal at the renovated LaGuardia Airport, the integration of flight attendant groups at both United Airlines (which had merged with Continental Airlines in 2010) and American Airlines (which merged with US Airways …