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Asiana 214: Why the Death Toll Was So Low

Asiana 214: Why the Death Toll Was So Low

How Safer Planes and Passenger and Crew Heroics Limited Fatalities
Anyone looking at the first images of the Asiana Boeing 777 after it crash landed in San Francisco on Saturday had to wonder if anyone could possibly have come out alive.  But over one hundred passengers walked out of the aircraft on their own and, out of a total of 307 passengers and crew, only two people didn’t survive.
The fact is …

Aer Lingus to Add Service to San Francisco, Toronto

Aer Lingus to Add Service to San Francisco, Toronto

Aer Lingus announced it will begin new service between Dublin, Ireland, and both San Francisco and Toronto.  In addition, the airline will also increase the number of flights on its Shannon-Boston and Shannon-New York routes.
Beginning in April of next year, Aer Lingus will commence year round, nonstop service between Dublin and San Francisco.  The service will operate five times a week using Airbus A330 aircraft.
Also in April 2014, the airline …

Surf Air Launches Service Between Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area

Surf Air Launches Service Between Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area

Surf Air announced new daily service between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area.  Flights depart from Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and arrive at San Carlos Airport in San Mateo, just south of San Francisco.
The service operates using six-seat Pilatus PC-12 aircraft.  Surf Air’s aircraft are single-engine turboprop aircraft, and have a BMW-designed interior.
Surf Air offer flights between Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Santa Barbara.  Passengers become members …

Aeromexico Adds Additional Service Between Mexico City and San Francisco, Chicago, Houston

Aeromexico Adds Additional Service Between Mexico City and San Francisco, Chicago, Houston

Aeromexico announced that it will increase service between Mexico City and San Francisco, Chicago, and Houston on July 15, 2013.  San Francisco will have two daily flights instead of one, Chicago will go from two daily flights to three, and Houston will be increased from three to four daily flights.
The new flight between San Francisco and Mexico City will depart from San Francisco at 1:25 p.m. and arrive in Mexico …

Japan Airlines Announces Return of 787 Dreamliner

Japan Airlines Announces Return of 787 Dreamliner

Japan Airlines announced that its Boeing 787 Dreamliners will return to service on June 1 of this year.  The aircraft will enter into service from both Tokyo Narita and Tokyo Haneda.
Beginning June 1, Japan Airlines will resume 787 Dreamliner service on its Tokyo Narita-Boston and Tokyo Narita-San Diego routes.  The airline will also resume flights between Tokyo Haneda and both Singapore and Beijing on this date.
On September 1, Japan Airlines …

Paper I-94 Arrival/Departure Form to Disappear at Airports and Ports, Charlotte, O’Hare, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando First to Go Online

Paper I-94 Arrival/Departure Form to Disappear at Airports and Ports, Charlotte, O’Hare, Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando First to Go Online

The ubiquitous I-94 Arrival/Departure Record form that visitors to the United States must complete is going paperless at the end of April.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency announced the rollout of electronic I-94 forms starting April 30, 2013.
Internatinoal non-immigrant visitors who arrive by air or sea won’t have to complete the paper form, although the CBP will still issue paper I-94 forms to those arriving at land border …

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2013

Great Moments in Travel History – April 2013

On April 3, 1888, the Hotel Brighton in Brooklyn, New York, was transported away from its beachfront location.  The 3-story property was previously located on a beach that was continuously eroding, so much so that waves reached the doors of the hotel.  The hotel was loaded onto 112 railroad cars and towed 600 feet inland.
The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco was about to open, when the city suffered a devastating earthquake …