Celebrating route launches to London, Paris, Hong Kong and other cool places

Airports and airlines around the country hosted celebrations on Sunday for the launch of several new routes.

Dallas-Fort Worth International celebrated the inaugural Air France flight to Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The flight will operate up to five time a week on the Airbus A330 aircraft.

At Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, the party was to welcome American Airlines’ first nonstop flight to Phoenix from London.

In Washington State, United Airlines began flying daily nonstops between Paine Field (PAE) in Everett and both San Francisco and Denver.

And on Sunday, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) celebrated two new routes.

Japan Airline (JAL) started flying from SEA to Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Cathay Pacific began flying between SEA and Hong Kong.

The festivities for Cathay’s Pacific flight included a Lion Dance, a special cake and the ceremonial cutting of a roast pig, which is a symbol of good luck and prosperity.

Award winning designs at airports and on airplanes

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Center for Architecture and Urban Studies have announced their 2008 Good Design Awards.

One winner: the Dyson Airblade Hand Dryer, which is installed in some restrooms at the Los Angeles International, San Francisco, Phoenix, Detroit, Minneapolis, Nashville, Boston Logan, and Anchorage airports.


Another winner: the easy-to-use chopsticks designed for First Class meals on Japan Airlines.


See all the products that won Good Design awards.

No drooling.