San Francisco

Great Moments in Travel History – March 2015

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The St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco opened on March 21, 1904.  Notable individuals including Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Woodrow Wilson, Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Reagan, and Queen Elizabeth II have all stayed at the California property, which is in operation today as the Westin St. Francis.
On March 10, 1910, William Boeing bought Heath’s Shipyard in Seattle, Washington.  The shipyard, located on the Duwamish River, would become Boeing’s first airplane factory.
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Air Canada to Debut Premium Business Class on Transcon Flights

Air Canada to Debut Premium Business Class on Transcon Flights

Air Canada announced it will introduce a new premium business-class offering on transcontinental flights on March 1. The service will be called Business Class – Transcontinental, and will be available on select flights linking Toronto with Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver, and Calgary, a well as on flights between Montreal and Vancouver.
Air Canada’s Business Class – Transcontinental will offer suites with fully lie-flat seats, accompanied by a large pillow and …

Delta to Introduce Boeing 717s on San Francisco-Los Angeles Shuttle

Delta to Introduce Boeing 717s on San Francisco-Los Angeles Shuttle

Delta Air Lines announced it will begin operating Boeing 717s on its shuttle between San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport in June. The carrier will use the planes on eight of its 15 daily flights between the two cities.
Delta’s Boeing 717 aircraft can accommodate 110 passengers in two cabins.  The first-class cabin has 12 seats in a 2-2 configuration. Each seat is 19.6” wide with a pitch …

First Transcontinental Phone Call Took Place 100 Years Ago Today

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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 …