Great Moments in Travel History – July 2014

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One of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners

One of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliners

On July 1, 2002, America West Airlines Flight 556, an Airbus A319 bound for Phoenix from Miami, was called back to the terminal after suspicion arose about the pilots’ sobriety. Captain Thomas Cloyd and First Officer Christopher Hughes failed a sobriety test at the airport and were arrested. At the police station, a breathalyzer test showed that Cloyd’s blood alcohol content was 0.091, while Hughes’ was 0.084, both of which were more than double the FAA’s limit of 0.04.  Both men were given jail sentences.

On July 2, 2002, six Israelis were shot at El Al’s ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport by Hesham Mohamad Hadayet, an anti-Israeli Egyptian who opposed U.S. policy in the Middle East.  The incident was deemed an act of terrorism, and was one of the few to take place on American soil since the September 11, 2001 attacks.

On July 18, 2005, Boeing launched the new higher capacity, longer-range 737-900ER, following an order for up to 60 of the airplanes from Lion Air.

The first 787 Dreamliner rolled out at a celebration attended by 15,000 people at the Everett, Washington final assembly facility on July 8, 2007.

On July 17, 2009, a bomb exploded in the Jakarta JW Marriott hotel, destroying the first floor of the property, and killing six people.

With the delivery of its 78th Boeing 777 on July 29, 2009, Emirates became the largest operator of Boeing’s 777 aircraft.  The carrier flies every model type of the 777.

As part of its effort to streamline Dreamliner production, Boeing acquired Vought Aircraft Industries’ operations at its South Carolina facility on July 30, 2009.  Boeing later built its second final assembly plant for the Dreamliner at this location.

The Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower opened on July 6, 2011 in Panama City, Panama.  The hotel is a 70-story, 2,500,000-square-foot (230,000-square-meter) waterfront condominium.

On July 11, 2011, American Airlines announced an order for 460 new aircraft, setting a record for the number of planes ordered by an airline at one time.  The order was divided into 200 Boeing 737 aircraft and 260 Airbus A320 aircraft.

On July 13, 2012, Amtrak announced plans to build a high-speed bullet train network that will run from Boston to Washington, with stops in New York and Philadelphia. The new trains should be in service by 2040.

On July 6, 2013, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crashed on approach to the runway at San Francisco International Airport.  Three of the 307 people onboard the Boeing 777-200ER were killed, while 181 were injured.  The incident was the first fatal crash of a Boeing 777 since it entered service in 1995.

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