Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Summer Travel to The Breakers Palm Beach

This summer, discerning travelers are vying for the most memorable vacation they can get for their investment, at a convenient, stateside location. On the island of Palm Beach, Florida, The Breakers is that iconic oceanfront destination and luxury Florida escape, made compellingly affordable with an enticing summer vacation promotion.

From June 1 – September 30, 2011, rates start at just $269 per room per night based on superior accommodations, and added value abounds with a variety of exceptional amenities either free or priced at a significant savings: complimentary weekday incentives such as continental breakfast, kids' meals, kids' camp and valet parking; complimentary daily benefits such as unlimited tennis and fitness classes, as well as savings on golf, dining, spa, bungalow/cabana rentals, on-site shopping and more.

Complimentary weekday benefits include:

* Continental breakfast buffet: Monday - Thursday mornings (special pricing Friday - Sunday)
* Access to Spa & Oceanview Fitness Center: Monday - Thursday (special pricing Friday - Sunday)
* Kid's meals ordered off children's menus, ages 12 and under with paying adult: Monday - Thursday (special pricing Friday - Sunday)
* Kids camp: Monday - Thursday (special pricing Friday - Sunday)
* Overnight valet parking: Sunday - Wednesday nights; $20 per night Thursday - Saturday

Complimentary benefits, seven days a week:

* Unlimited tennis
* Unlimited fitness classes
* WiFi & Internet access, local calls

Special summer savings:

* Unlimited golf on the Ocean Course and The Breakers Rees Jones® Course, at specially priced greens fees (including cart), starting at $60 per person, per day:
o $60 per person, per day, from June 20 – September 30, 2011;
o $130 per person, per day (18 holes); $80 per person, per day (9 holes) – from June 1-19
* Dining
* Spa Services
* Bungalow Rentals
* Shopping

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Passes High-Speed Taxi Tests

The Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental has successfully completed its high-speed taxi tests. This is the last in a series of functional tests planned in preparation for first flight.

During the testing, the airplane reached a top speed of approximately 90 knots (103 mph, 167 kph), and the pilots lifted the nose gear from the pavement.

The 747-8 Intercontinental is the only jetliner in the 400- to 500-seat market, stretched 5.6 m (18.3 ft) from the 747-400 to provide 467 seats in a three-class configuration and a 14,815-km (8,000-nmi) range. Using 787-technology engines, the airplane will be quieter, produce lower emissions, and achieve better fuel economy than any competing jetliner. The 747 Intercontinental will provide nearly equivalent trip costs and 13 percent lower seat-mile costs than the 747-400, plus 26 percent greater cargo volume. Operating economics will offer a significant improvement over the A380. The 747-8 is more than 10 percent lighter per seat than the A380 and will consume 11 percent less fuel per passenger than the 555-seat airplane. That translates into a trip-cost reduction of 21 percent and a seat-mile cost reduction of more than 6 percent, compared to the A380. Both the 747-8 Intercontinental and 747-8 Freighter can use the existing infrastructure and ground equipment at most airports worldwide.