Great Moments in Travel History – July 2014

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A new American Airlines A321 aircraft

A new American Airlines A321 aircraft

On July 2, 1962, Alitalia Flight 771, a Douglas DC-8, crashed outside of Bombay, India, killing all 94 passengers and crew onboard.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to walk on the moon when Apollo 11 made the first successful moon landing on the Sea of Tranquility on July 20, 1969

Northeast Airlines completed its final flight on July 31, 1972. The next day it merged with Delta Air Lines.

On July 17, 1975, the first international space mission was successfully completed with the Apollo-Soyuz test project, in which U.S. astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts docked their spacecraft in Earth orbit.

One hundred and fourteen people died on July 17, 1981, when two connected walkways at the Hyatt Regency Kansas City in Missouri collapsed and fell into the hotel’s lobby, which was the scene of a dance.  An additional 216 people were injured that day, and, until September 11, 2001, it was the deadliest structural collapse in U.S. history.

On July 22, 1983, the FAA announced that a pilot who qualifies in either a Boeing 757 or 767 models is automatically qualified on the other because the two had so many features in common.

Boeing began production of its 767 wide-body aircraft on July 14, 1978.  The aircraft was the company’s first wide-body twinjet, as well as its first airliner with a two-crew glass cockpit.    United Airlines was the launch customer for the 767 in 1982 and Delta Air Lines is currently the largest operator, with over 90 in service.

In July 1991, Kimpton Hotels instituted a brand-wide pet-friendly program.  The hotelier accepts all pets, regardless of size, breed, or weight, at its properties at no extra charge.

Pan Am agreed to sell its European routes, as well as the East Coast shuttle, to Delta for $260 million on July 11, 1991.

On July 31, 1992, Thai Airways Flight 311 crashed into a mountain while attempting to land at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.  All 113 people onboard perished.

TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on July 17, 1996, 12 minutes after taking off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.  All 230 people onboard the Boeing 747-100 were killed.  The investigation revealed that a fuel tank explosion was the cause of the crash.

John F. McDonnell, the son of James S. McDonnell, the founder of the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation (which later became McDonnell Douglas), retired on July 31 1997.

Boeing delivered China Southwest Airlines’first Boeing 737-600 on July 20, 2001.

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