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First Transcontinental Phone Call Took Place 100 Years Ago Today

Bell System Western Electric Model 302 dial telephone, ca. 1936

The first transcontinental phone call took place one hundred years ago today, on January 25, 1915.
The historic call was placed by three parties, Alexander Graham Bell in New York, Theodore Vail, the president of AT&T in Jekyll Island, Georgia, and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in the White House, to Bell’s assistant Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
In the call, Bell repeated into the phone his famous sentence, “Mr. Watson, come here, …

United Adds Extra Flights for Super Bowl

United Adds Extra Flights for Super Bowl

United Airlines announced that it has added 55 new and additional flights to Phoenix for the 2015 National Football League Super Bowl.
The game will take place on February 1, with the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks competing for the title of Super Bowl Champion.
United Airlines added extra flights to Phoenix from Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, and San Francisco between January 29 and February 2.  In addition, …

Cathay to Boost Flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong

Cathay to Boost Flights from San Francisco to Hong Kong

Cathay Pacific Airways announced it will add three additional flights per week from San Francisco to Hong Kong.  With the new flights, which will start June 12, the airline will operate a total of 17 flights per week on that route.
The new flights will depart San Francisco International Airport on Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday at 1:30 a.m. local time, arriving at Hong Kong International Airport the following day at 6:40 …

Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, California – Hotel Review

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One of the things I’ve come to truly enjoy in hotels are the lounges. While not all lounges are created equal, I’ve enjoyed exquisite lounges in far flung places, but possibly the best lounge I’ve visited was the Club Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco.
The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco is in a landmark building in the Nob Hill district. The neoclassical structure opened in 1909 housing offices of the Metropolitan Life …

JetBlue Begins San Francisco-Las Vegas Route

JetBlue Begins San Francisco-Las Vegas Route

JetBlue Airways announced the launch of new service between San Francisco and Las Vegas.  The carrier offers two daily flights on the route, using Airbus A320 aircraft.
Flights depart San Francisco International Airport at 9:25 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and arrive at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport at 11:01 a.m. and 2:20 p.m., respectively.  Flights from Las Vegas to San Francisco depart at 7:00 a.m. and 12:50 p.m., and arrive at …

American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta’s Haneda Slots

American Airlines Seeks to Take Over Delta’s Haneda Slots

American Airlines filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday to operate daily, year-round non-stop service between Los Angeles and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.  The service would use the slots currently operated by Delta Air Lines from Seattle.
This is the second time American is making the request.  In October, American made a similar filing, stating that Delta wasn’t making the best possible use of the flight rights.  In December, …

United Announces Seasonal Frequency Increase for Chengdu, Shanghai Flights

United Announces Seasonal Frequency Increase for Chengdu, Shanghai Flights

United Airlines, which launched the first-ever non-stop service between North America and Chengdu, China earlier this year, announced that it would operate that flight on a daily basis next year from June for three months.  The Chicago-based airline also said it will add a second daily non-stop flight from San Francisco to Shanghai.
Daily non-stop service to Chengdu will operate from June 4 through September 1, 2015.  Currently, United offers the …