San Francisco

Delta Completes Installation of Lie-Flat Seats on International Widebody Fleet

Delta Completes Installation of Lie-Flat Seats on International Widebody Fleet

Delta Air Lines announced it has finished outfitting its BusinessElite cabins on all of its international widebody planes with fully lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access.
Aircraft in Delta’s fleet which offer the lie-flat seats include all of its Airbus A330-200, A330-300, Boeing 767-300ER, 767-400ER, 747, 777-200ER, and 777-200LR planes.
In addition, the airline plans to install the lie-flat seats with direct-aisle access on its Boeing 757-200 transcontinental fleet.  The carrier will launch three …

Virgin America to Launch Additional Flight Between San Francisco, Austin

Virgin America to Launch Additional Flight Between San Francisco, Austin

Virgin America announced it will add a second daily flight to its existing San Francisco, California-Austin, Texas, service beginning July 8.  The additional flight will operate through September 6, 2014.
Flights will depart Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 9:20 a.m. and arrive at San Francisco International Airport at 11:05 a.m.  Flights from San Francisco to Austin will depart at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at 9:05 p.m.
The additional flight will operate using Airbus …

Aer Lingus Launches Non-stop San Francisco-Dublin Service

Aer Lingus Launches Non-stop San Francisco-Dublin Service

With the support of Silicon Valley, Aer Lingus began offering year-round non-stop service between San Francisco and Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday.  The new flight is part of an expansion announced last year by the airline that also includes non-stop service from Toronto, Canada to Dublin this month.
Flights will operate five times a week, departing from San Francisco at 5:20 p.m. and arriving in Dublin at 11:35 a.m. the next day.  …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2014

Lobby of the Fairmont in San Francisco

On April 3, 1888, the Hotel Brighton in Brooklyn, New York, was transported away from its beachfront location.  The 3-story property had been located on a beach that was continuously eroding, so much so that waves eventually lapped at the hotel’s doors. The property was loaded onto 112 railroad cars and towed 600 feet inland.  The opening of the BMT Brighton subway line led to the closure of the hotel …

Asiana: Secondary Cause of Crash Was Poor Software Design

Asiana: Secondary Cause of Crash Was Poor Software Design

Asiana Airlines said Monday that contributing factors to the July 2013 crash in San Francisco included poor software design and the failure of the plane’s low-speed alerting system to activate in time for a safe recovery.
On July 6, 2013, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed short of the runway at San Francisco International Airport.  Of the 307 people on board, all but three survived.  The accident followed a rapid deterioration in …

United Launches San Francisco-Taipei Flights, Increases Service on Houston-Tokyo Route

United Launches San Francisco-Taipei Flights, Increases Service on Houston-Tokyo Route

United Airlines announced it began new daily service between San Francisco and Taipei, Taiwan. In addition, the carrier added a second daily flight to its existing Houston-Tokyo service.
Flights between San Francisco and Taipei depart San Francisco International Airport at 1:50 p.m. and arrive at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei at 6:30 p.m. the next day. From Taipei, flights depart at 11:10 a.m. and arrive in San Francisco at 7:30 …

Air Canada Rouge to Add New Flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix

Air Canada Rouge to Add New Flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix

Air Canada rouge announced it will begin operating routes currently operated by Air Canada linking Calgary, Vancouver, and Toronto to various cities in the United States.  The change will start this spring.
From Calgary, Air Canada rouge will take over service to Las Vegas on April 28, to Los Angeles on May 1, and to Phoenix on December 17.  Service between Calgary and both Las Vegas and Phoenix will be daily, …