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Robert Isom Takes Over the Reins at American Airlines as Doug Parker Steps Down

Robert Isom Takes Over the Reins at American Airlines as Doug Parker Steps Down

American Airlines announced on Thursday the retirement of Doug Parker, who as CEO of competitor US Airways, engineered a merger that made the combined entity the world’s largest airline, and the elevation of Robert Isom, who has served as the carrier’s president since 2016, to the position of CEO.
“Over the past 35 years, I’ve seen the airline industry change tremendously. And I’m humbled to have been a part of a …

Great Moments in Travel History – February 2022

February is the shortest month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and has 28 days in common years – that is years with 365 days – and 29 days in leap years, such the year 2020.  It is also the month of love, as Valentine’s Day falls exactly in the middle of the month.
The month’s name, February, is a divisive issue when it comes to pronunciation, …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2021

December, the first month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, and derives its name from decem, “ten” in Latin.  It is now the 12th and final month of the year, and is associated with multiple holidays including Krampus, Christmas, and Hanukkah as well as  New Year’s Eve.
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter solstice period – “Ġēolamōnaþ,” …

Biden Taps ‘Sully’ Sullenberger for Aviation Ambassadorship

Biden Taps ‘Sully’ Sullenberger for Aviation Ambassadorship

Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III was among the people named by President Joseph Biden as envoys and ambassadors.
Captain Sullenberger is best known for his role as pilot in command of US Airways Flight 1549 which, in 2009, ditched in the Hudson River off Manhattan’s West Side after both engines of the Airbus A320 were disabled by a birdstrike.  All 155 people on board survived and the story became the basis for …

Great Moments in Travel History – December 2020

December was the tenth month of the Roman calendar, and derives its name from decem, “ten” in Latin.  It is now the 12th and final month of the year, and in the Northern Hemisphere is associated with winter, multiple holidays, and New Year’s Eve. It
The Anglo-Saxons called both December and January – the entire winter solstice period – “Ġēolamōnaþ,” the Yule month. Indeed, many Yuletide customs observed by the historical Germanic …

News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Decade’s Headlines

Now that 2020 has arrived, it’s time to look back at the travel news from the past ten years.  After you read The Decade’s Biggest Travel News Stories, see how knowledgeable you are by taking our travel news quiz covering this period. You could win a piece of airline and travel history including items from Pan Am, Cunard, and TWA.
In our December 2019 quiz, the question about which city decided not …

Great Moments in Travel History – January 2020

Although many believe that January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and time, scholars believe that January is named after janua, the Latin word for door, given that January is the start of the year and hence an opening to new things.
The month of January was created around 450 B.C.E. when the original ten-month Roman calendar was replaced by a 12-month calendar with January at the start.
January is …