Great Moments in Travel History – June 2020

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Entrance to the No. 7 train, which will eventually connect to the LaGuardia AirTrain

Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal opened on June 11, 1984.

On June 16, 1984, pilot Emily Warner and co-pilot Barbara Cook, the first all-female commercial airline crew, piloted a Frontier Airlines flight from Denver, Colorado, to Lexington, Kentucky.

The historic “Friendship Flight” between Nome, Alaska and Provideniva, USSR took place on June 13, 1988. The flight reunited Native families separated for 40 years by Cold War tensions and marked the beginning of progress in U.S.-USSR relations.

The Hilton Shanghai opened its doors on June 28, 1988. The 714-room property was the first hotel from an international chain to open in China. It has hosted numerous members of royalty and heads of state since then.

On June 4, 1989, the Ufa train disaster occurred on the Kuybyshev Railroad outside of Ufa in the western Soviet Union. Two trains, one carrying passengers back from vacation on the Black Sea, and the other taking passengers there, passed each other and caused sparks that ignited a flammable cloud that had been created by a pipeline leaking liquefied natural gas. This resulted in an explosion that killed 575 people and injured 800, many of them children.

The Boeing 777 established a new record, of nine hours and two minutes, on June 11, 1995 on a flight from Seattle to the Paris Air Show at Le Bourget.

On June 26, 1995, Boeing’s board of directors authorized production of the 777-300. The aircraft is the world’s largest long-range twin-engine commercial airliner.

The Boeing 737-800 was unveiled at the Renton, Washington, assembly plant on June 30, 1997. The aircraft is a stretch version of the 737-700, and replaced the 737-400.

On June 1, 2008, the ferry MV Princess of the Stars capsized in the Philippines on its way from Manila to Cebu City when Typhoon Fengshen (also known as Typhoon Frank) passed through the region. On June 24, 2008, the Philippine Coast Guard reported that of the 862 passengers on board the ship, there were only 48 confirmed survivors, while 67 were confirmed dead, and 747 remained missing.

On June 1, 2009, Air France Flight 447, an Airbus A330-200, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean en route to Paris from Rio de Janeiro. All 228 people onboard died in what was the first fatal accident involving an A330.The aircraft was not recovered until 2011 and examination of data from the flight data and cockpit voice recorders revealed that the crash occurred due to crew confusion over the loss of instrumentation with subsequent loss of aircraft control.

The Hoshinoya Okinawa Resort opened on Taketomi Island in Japan on June 30, 2012. The island is in the southernmost part of Japan, isolated from other islands in the archipelago, and is part of a national park.

Delta Air Lines acquired Singapore Airlines’ 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways on June 24, 2013.

A leap second was added to 2015 on June 30 of that year, to make up for the gradual slowing down of Earth’s rotation. The clock went from 23:59:59 to 23:59:60 instead of 23:59:59 to 00:00:00 before the next day.

Over six years after United Airlines and Continental Airlines merged, the union representing flight attendants from both airlines, who were covered by two different union contracts, reached an agreement on June 24, 2016, on a new joint contract.

European Union anti-trust regulators unconditionally cleared Marriott International’s $13.6 billion takeover of Starwood Hotels & Resorts on June 27, 2016.

Former Delta Air Lines CEO Richard Anderson was appointed CEO of Amtrak, the operator of most of the United States’ passenger rail services, on June 26, 2017.

Marriott International announced plans to build on Sheraton’s legacy and restore luster to the Sheraton brand on June 5, 2018. Sheraton was founded in 1933 and gained its name in 1937, when its owners purchased a third property that carried the name Sheraton Hotel and it would have been too expensive to replace the very large sign on the roof.

Officials in New York City greenlighted the LaGuardia Air Train on June 25, 2018. The new AirTrain will run from the airport to Willets Point near the Mets’ Citi Field stadium, where it would provide connections with both the Long Island Rail Road and the No. 7 Flushing Local subway train with service Manhattan’s West Side at 34th Street and 11th Avenue, not far from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

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