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Top 10 Milestones in Commercial Aviation

Top 10 Milestones in Commercial Aviation

The beginning of 2014 brings with it the 100th anniversary of commercial flight as we know it today.   On the first day of 1914, the first airplane flight with paying passengers took off in Florida.  From that point forward, the flying experience saw numerous improvements that today have led to lie-flat seats, in-flight Wi-Fi, and gourmet meals.
(It would be wrong not to acknowledge Delag, which stands for Deutsche Luftschiffahrts Aktiengesellschaft, …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2014

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2014

Christopher Columbus concluded one of the first transatlantic business trips on January 15, 1493, when he began his return trip to Spain, after crossing the Atlantic westward in 1492.
On January 7, 1785, the English Channel was traversed by air for the first time, when Jean-Pierre Blanchard and John Jeffries flew across the Channel from Dover, England, to a forest near Calais, France, in their hydrogen filled balloon.
The Fairmont Hamilton Princess hotel …

Lobby Bar – December 27: Stalking Santa, Flying Cars, Shipment Shenanigans, and an Innocent Massage

Lobby Bar – December 27: Stalking Santa, Flying Cars, Shipment Shenanigans, and an Innocent Massage

The Lobby Bar – A Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
To: you. From: us.  For Festivus, we’re giving you the gift you gave us: the most popular articles of 2013.  No, that doesn’t make us re-gifters.  You’ve just been watching too much Seinfeld.
Tough choices made easy.  Lufthansa employees in France went on strike this week, protesting the airline’s upcoming personnel cutbacks by collaboratively calling in sick for …

Lufthansa Employees in France Go on Strike

Lufthansa Employees in France Go on Strike

A strike by Lufthansa staff at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on Thursday resulted in flight delays and cancellations during the holiday travel period.
All Lufthansa airport employees at the French capital’s airport called in sick, leaving no one at check-in desks or gates.  Lufthansa operates 22 flights in and out of Paris on a daily basis.
The airport brought in staff to assist passengers.  The move follows significant flight delays on …

GE Promises Quick Fix for Icing Problem in 787 Dreamliner, 747 Engines

GE Promises Quick Fix for Icing Problem in 787 Dreamliner, 747 Engines

General Electric said it is close to finding a fix that will resolve the problem that causes some of its aircraft’s GEnx engines to lose power for a few seconds.  The problem was first reported on Saturday after several airlines flying planes with these engines said they would stop using them on certain routes.
The engines are used on some Boeing 787 Dreamliners as well as on all Boeing 747-8 Intercontinentals.
Six …

Boeing Reports Engine Flaw in GE-Powered Dreamliners, 747s

Boeing Reports Engine Flaw in GE-Powered Dreamliners, 747s

Boeing issued a safety recommendation on Friday to operators of its 787 Dreamliners and the 747-8 Intercontinental aircraft that are powered by General Electric engines concerning engine malfunctions that can occur in certain situations.  The action has caused some airlines to not use those aircraft on certain routes.
The warning, which was given to airlines that include Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, and United Airlines, says that aircraft with the GE GEnx engine …

Dubai Air Show Opens with Record $193 Billion in Orders from Airbus and Boeing

Dubai Air Show Opens with Record $193 Billion in Orders from Airbus and Boeing

The Dubai Air Show opened Sunday in Dubai with Airbus and Boeing announcing some of the biggest deals for aircraft purchases in aviation history as well as the formal introduction of Boeing’s new widebody 777X jet.
With the help of three major Gulf airlines Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar Airways, the total value of deals announced Sunday was $193 billion, a show record.  The previous record was $155 billion in 2007.  Orders …