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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 …

Mondrian Hotel Opens in London

Mondrian Hotel Opens in London

Morgans Hotel Group announced the opening of the Mondrian London at Sea Containers hotel.  The new property is located on the banks of the River Thames in London, within close walking distance of popular attractions such as Tate Modern, Royal Festival Hall, the National And Globe theatres, and the London Eye.
The 359-room hotel has a handcrafted copper hull leading from the entrance through the lobby, inspired by the age of …

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 Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic to Add Gogo In-Flight Wi-Fi

Virgin Atlantic said it plans to offer passengers in-flight Internet service under an agreement announced Wednesday with in-flight Internet provider Gogo.  Virgin Atlantic will be the first European carrier to offer the Gogo service.
The airline will also be the second carrier to offer Wi-Fi on the highly competitive New York-London route.  American Airlines is currently the only airline offering in-flight Internet access on the route.
Virgin Atlantic will install Gogo’s 2Ku …

Norwegian to Launch New Flights to Orlando

Norwegian to Launch New Flights to Orlando

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced that next spring it will begin new service to Orlando from both Copenhagen and London Gatwick.  In addition, the airline will increase its service to various American destinations from Europe starting next year.
On March 30, 2015, Norwegian will launch once a week non-stop Monday flights between Copenhagen and Orlando.
The flights will operate using Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The carrier will also begin new non-stop service between London Gatwick …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: September 6, 2014

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Another weekend is here. Once again, it’s time to catch up on Frequent Business Traveler stories you might not have had time to read over the past week. Here are five picks that should be on your list:
1.) The results of the 2014 Air Travel Pet Peeves poll are in and, for a third year running, insufficient legroom captured the top spot as the number one peeve that irritates frequent …