Great Moments in Travel History – September 2014

The Boeing 747 is the world's most recognizable aircraft

Chicago’s Palmer House hotel opened its doors on September 26, 1871, a mere 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire.  The structure did not survive the blaze and had to be rebuilt.  It reopened its doors in 1875.
John Jacob Astor IV’s St. Regis hotel in New York City opened its doors on September 4, 1904.  At the time, Astor also owned half of the Waldorf-Astoria.  It’s known for its iconic …

Delta Adds More Extensive Dining Options in Sky Clubs

Delta Adds More Extensive Dining Options in Sky Clubs

Delta Air Lines announced that it introduced a variety of new foods for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in its Sky Club airport lounges.  The changes are effective starting August 14.
The new menus offer a variety of items, including locally sourced bagels, English muffins, Greek yogurt, and cereal for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, the Sky Clubs will be serving a selection of soups including Italian wedding soup, chicken salad with pecan …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2014

Lobby staircase, Ritz-Carlton, Vienna

The United Kingdom officially entered the First World War on August 4, 1914, with a declaration of war against Germany.
The International Air Traffic Association was formed on August 28, 1919, in The Hague, Holland.  The organization is the predecessor to the International Air Transport Association, which currently represents 240 airlines that make up approximately 84% of all airlines’ passenger carrying capacity.
On August 18, 1934, Jeannette and Jean Piccard flew the …

Delta Announces Cutbacks in the Pacific

Delta Announces Cutbacks in the Pacific

Delta announced significant cutbacks in its Pacific division on Thursday in a memo to its employees.  The airline has been reducing the size of its Tokyo hub at Narita International Airport for some time and is eliminating several routes while downgauging the aircraft used on other routes.  It will also continue to expand its Seattle hub and increase non-stop routes from there.
Delta is cancelling its Tokyo (Narita)-Hong Kong and Nagoya-Manila …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: June 21, 2014


Before you jet off for the weekend, be sure to catch up on this week’s news.  Here are five important features from the past week that you don’t want to miss.
1.) Jonathan Spira visits the Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski in Munich, a grand hotel that brings back fond memories from his childhood.  Have you ever encountered a tea sommelier before?  Take afternoon tea in the Jahreszeiten Lobby, followed by a spa …

Alaska Airlines Links Seattle with Tampa

Alaska Airlines Links Seattle with Tampa

Alaska Airlines announced the launch of new daily service between Seattle and Tampa, Florida.  The new flights are the only non-stops available between the two cities.
Flights depart Seattle at 8:50 a.m. and arrive in Tampa at 5:30 p.m.  Flights from Tampa depart at 6:30 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 9:25 p.m.
Earlier this month, Alaska began new daily service between Seattle and New Orleans, Louisiana.  In addition, the carrier said …

Delta’s Seattle Strategy: New Flights, Enhanced Services

A Delta aircraft at the gate in Seattle

In the latest of a spate of new routes from the U.S. to Asia launched by U.S. airlines, Delta Air Lines is launching a non-stop flight from Seattle, Washington to Hong Kong Monday.  The flight marks the airline’s fifth non-stop international route added from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in a year and brings the number of international daily non-stop flights out of the city to ten.
Earlier this month, Delta inaugurated Seattle-Seoul, …