Once the flying public regains confidence in the 787, ANA’s embrace of the new-generation aircraft may come to be seen as a smart move. It’s a very beautiful, comfortable plane.

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The city of Long Beach in California has come a very long way since the early 1990s, when, in the words of current Mayor Bob Foster, it was experiencing “depression-like conditions”. Today Long Beach has something to tempt every visitor and millions of visitors come to the city annually.

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Cision, a major provider of publicity services, PR software and owner of the United States’ best-known database of media outlets, has ranked www.AirlinesAndDestinations.com among the top 50 travel blogs based in North America.

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The journey between San Francisco and London was necessarily long, but BA provides a high level of comfort and a wide range of distractions, and that helped the time, er, fly by.

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This 24-level hotel – with its 314 rooms and 45 suites, stylish, top-floor restaurant-cum-bar Peter, sybaritic, on-site Espy spa and health club and pool – is still hitting its marks, according to our reviewer, who has stayed at The Peninsula Tokyo on three occasions.

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Ensconced in a modern building nestled next to the remains of a 14th century home, and located 1 minute by foot from the Polish seaport’s picturesque and thriving Long Market, the Radisson Blu Hotel Gdansk brings smoothly multilingual, professional service to the city center.

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The stylish fledgling carrier has earned customer loyalty from many travelers who have flown it, especially frequent fliers fatigued and frustrated by the vexations of U.S. domestic air travel.

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Following a lively ribbon-cutting ceremony on the evening of December 5, Long Beach Airport opens its innovative new passenger concourse for operational use on the morning of December 12.

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Installed in an eight-year-old contemporary building in the heart of Berlin’s classically styled Mitte district, the Radisson Blu sits on the River Spree, just across the water from the domed stateliness of Berlin Cathedral and just steps away from Unter den Linden, the central city’s famous boulevard.

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Airberlin is a well-run, passenger-friendly, forward-looking airline, known in Europe for affordable fares. It flies to seven U.S. destinations: New York JFK, Chicago O’Hare (from March 2013), Fort Myers in Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, and, in summer, San Francisco.

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This is a fact-packed, beautifully illustrated and profusely photographed, history-based guide of 254 pages that provides a fresh and intriguing look at New York City and the surrounding areas of the Hudson Valley, New Jersey, the Delaware River and Delaware.

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I spent a night in the Lenkerhof alpine resort in late January 2012, when the local countryside was covered in several feet of snow. Rarely have I eaten so well and enjoyed so much the ambience of a hotel and its surroundings.

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These days, the landmark Meier & Frank Building in downtown Portland, Oregon boasts a stylish contemporary hotel on its upper levels: The Nines (as in dressed to the nines), a three-year-old, four-star property that is part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide’s Luxury Collection stable.

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Airport hotels aren’t usually known either for their service quality or their overall appeal, and I have stayed in some fairly miserable examples. But the Hilton Helsinki Airport, at which I have stayed on several occasions, seems to me to have got it almost completely right.

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This isn’t the kind of review that AirlinesAndDestinations.com usually publishes, but when I got the chance to fly with the U.S. Air Force Reserve Command’s 514th Air Mobility Wing on a mission to refuel four F-15C fighters, I jumped at it.

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Finnair’s four youngest Airbus A330-300s feature both a new Business Class seat – a lie-flat bed which angles down to become completely horizontal – and a new seat-row configuration. Finnair also works hard to keep the in-flight service in its Business Class cabins excellent.

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The flight, which routed over Manhattan and other parts of New York City and which gave passengers a close-up view of the new, still-unfinished ‘Freedom Tower’, celebrated the 70th anniversary of Azriel (Al) “Blackie’ Blackman’s service with American Airlines and a forebear company.

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Operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, it is the first St. Regis in Hawaii. The St. Regis Princeville Resort’s bay views are framed on the far shore by rugged mountains that served as Hollywood’s stand-in for Bali Hai when the movie version of ‘South Pacific’ was shot on Kauai in 1958.

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Hawaiian Airlines has its share of hiccups, but in this writer’s experience, HA trumps its much larger main competitor on mainland-Hawaii routes, United Airlines, 10 times out of 10 when it comes to unfeigned warmth, superior food and beverage choices and all-around customer service.

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