London, February 17, 1999: A world record-setting attempt to visit the seven modern wonders of the world kicks off today sponsored by oneworld, the world`s foremost airline alliance.
The challenge is being undertaken by British journalist Stuart Cheese and photographer Tracy King, who will be using the comprehensive oneworld network to fly around the globe in eight days, covering more than 42000 miles and visiting five continents.
With its start on Feb. 1, oneworld now offers global travellers the chance to have seamless service to some 630 destinations in 138 countries. The alliance, headed by American Airlines, British Airways, Canadian Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas Airways, will soon add Finnair and Iberia to its already expansive network.
Stuart Cheese, said “This is the first time anyone has attempted to undertake this trip, and sponsorship by the oneworld members is giving me an outstanding opportunity to see all seven modern wonders of the world in a record-setting amount of time.”
The trip will leave London tonight (17 February) with the first stop in India to visit the Taj Mahal (18 Feb). From India the team will move to Beijing and the Great Wall of China (19 Feb) before heading down to Sydney to see the Sydney Opera House (21 Feb). San Francisco is the next destination for a flying view of The Golden Gate Bridge (22 Feb), before moving across to New York to see the Empire State Building (24 Feb).
A flight back to Europe will take the pair to the Leaning Tower of Pisa (25 Feb) and then a final hop down to Cairo to see the Pyramids (26 Feb) will be made before heading back to London to complete the trip. That`s eight days from the Taj Mahal to the Pyramids.
Photos from each site will be available on the 7 Wonders Tour website. Arrangements for press photo opportunities are being made in each city, please see 7 Wonders Tour website for details: