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In 2011, due to a downturn in the airline industry, American Airlines' parent company AMR Corporation filed for bankruptcy protection. In 2013, American Airlines merged with US Airways but kept the American Airlines name, as it was the better recognized brand internationally; the combination of the two airlines resulted in the creation of the largest airline in the United States, and ultimately the world.[11]
Start your bright Dallas day by taking a cool morning walk around the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in East Dallas. This eden-like lakeside stretch of swaying trees and vibrant exotic flowers - leading to the historic Spanish-style DeGolyer House - will put you in a tranquil mood, perfect for touring the city’s galleries. Head to the Dallas Museum of Art, which boasts a collection that spans from the 3rd millennium BC to the present day, including Ancient Roman sarcophagi and surreal Van Gogh paintings. If you’re traveling with the family, check out the magical dinosaur and mega mammoth skeletons at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, or say hello to the majestic lions and cheeky chimpanzees at the Dallas Zoo. Cap off your day with some Dallas history and heritage at the Sixth Floor Museum, a touching and unforgettable exhibition dedicated to John F. Kennedy.
Shortly after moving to San Francisco in October 2007, roommates and former schoolmates Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia could not afford the rent for their loft apartment. Chesky and Gebbia came up with the idea of putting an air mattress in their living room and turning it into a bed and breakfast.[16][17] The goal at first was just "to make a few bucks".[18][19] In February 2008, Nathan Blecharczyk, Chesky's former roommate, joined as the Chief Technology Officer and the third co-founder of the new venture, which they named AirBed & Breakfast.[17][20] They put together a website which offered short-term living quarters, breakfast, and a unique business networking opportunity for those who were unable to book a hotel in the saturated market.[21] The site Airbedandbreakfast.com officially launched on August 11, 2008.[22][23] The founders had their first customers in town in the summer of 2008, during the Industrial Design Conference held by Industrial Designers Society of America, where travelers had a hard time finding lodging in the city.[17][24]
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