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A Guide to New York City’s Apple Pay-Friendly OMNY Fare System

New York City’s transit system is the largest in North America and its metro system has the most stops in the world.  Now, using it has become a tap simpler.
OMNY, which is short for One Metro New York, features a contactless fare collection system similar to those in use in other major cities.  It supports contactless systems such as Apple Pay and Android Pay as well as the city’s MetroCard …

Major Winter Storm Blasts Much of the Country

Major Winter Storm Blasts Much of the Country

A coast-to-coast storm is bringing dangerous amounts of snow, high winds, and sub-freezing temperatures to many parts of the country.  It is bringing Arctic air to the Midwest and eventually the Northeast, with wind chill advisories in effect.
The storm struck the Pacific Northwest on Wednesday, bringing heavy snowfall and winds with gusts reaching 80 mph (129 km/h).  The snow has left some roads in the state of Washington shut down …

Frankfurt Airport Records Record Passenger Traffic for 2019

Frankfurt Airport Records Record Passenger Traffic for 2019

Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for for the year 2019.
Passenger traffic for calendar year 2019 was a record 70.5 million passengers, also a 1.5% year-over-year increase.  Passenger traffic for the final two months of the year declined for the first time since 2016.
Stefan Schulte, the airport’s executive board chairman, attributed the year-end drop to “the reduction of airline flight services for the current winter schedule,” …

Delta Jet Dumps Fuel Over Playground Filled with Children

Delta Jet Dumps Fuel Over Playground Filled with Children

A Delta Air Lines aircraft that was returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, officials said. The action doused multiple pupils at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy.
Delta Flight 89 – a Boeing 777-200 – had taken off from LAX at 11:32 a.m. local  time with over 140 passengers on board,  and was en route to Shanghai Pudong International Airport, when …

Iran Makes First Arrests Over Downing of Ukraine Airliner

Iran Makes First Arrests Over Downing of Ukraine Airliner

Iran said that several people have been arrested in connection with the downing of the Ukraine International Airlines passenger aircraft last week.
Wednesday’s shooting of Flight 752, a Boeing 737, resulted in the death of all 176 people on board.
The arrests included the individual who filmed “the scene of the missile hitting the Ukraine airplane,” Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency said.
In a televised address, the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said that …

JetBlue Records Increase in Traffic and Capacity for December

JetBlue Records Increase in Traffic and Capacity for December

JetBlue Airways announced operational results for December 2019. The carrier’s traffic and capacity were up for the month.
The New York-based airline’s passenger traffic was 4.6 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, a year-over-year increase of 5.7% from 4.35 billion RPMs in the same period last year.
JetBlue’s capacity increased by 4.4% to 5.59 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 5.35 billion ASMs in December 2018.
Meanwhile, the carrier’s passenger load factor …

New Boeing CEO Takes the Controls Amidst 737 Max Crisis

New Boeing CEO Takes the Controls Amidst 737 Max Crisis

Boeing’s new CEO, David Calhoun, takes the reins of an aerospace giant in crisis on Monday. Calhoun takes over from interim CEO Greg Smith, the company’s CFO as the company attempts to recover from two 737 Max hull loses that took a total of 346 lives and led to a worldwide grounding of the aircraft.
The former CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, resigned on December 23 after numerous setbacks in the company’s attempts to …