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Southwest Airlines Celebrates 50 Years with Commemorative Book

Southwest Airlines Celebrates 50 Years with Commemorative Book

In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, Southwest Airlines announced the release of a commemorative book, “50 Years. One Heart. A History of Southwest in 50 Objects.”
The coffee-table style book is available through Southwest’s online store for $50. It is not, however, available through traditional booksellers such as Barnes & Noble or Amazon.
The hard-cover book is 220 pages long and includes photographs of 50 objects, outfits, and artifacts from the airline’s …

United Operates Passenger Flight Using 100% Sustainable Fuel

United Operates Passenger Flight Using 100% Sustainable Fuel

United Airlines operated what it termed the aviation industry’s first-ever passenger flight that used 100% petroleum-based sustainable aviation fuel.
The Boeing 737 Max departed Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Wednesday morning with over 100 passengers on board.  The passenger list included the airline’s CEO, Scott Kirby.
“Today’s SAF flight is not only a significant milestone for efforts to decarbonize our industry, but when combined with the surge in commitments to produce and purchase …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 28: Dutch Officials Find 13 Omicron Cases in Travelers Arriving from South Africa

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 28: Dutch Officials Find 13 Omicron Cases in Travelers Arriving from South Africa

Officials in the Netherlands said on Sunday that they had found at least 13 cases of the new omicron coronavirus variant among the 61 passengers who had tested positive upon arrival from South Africa at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Friday.
Two flights arrived at Schiphol after a travel ban from southern African countries was put into place and all 600 hundred passengers on two arriving flights were segregated from other travelers …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 27: The World Sounds the Alarm as Omicron Variant Is Detected in Germany, U.K.

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 27: The World Sounds the Alarm as Omicron Variant Is Detected in Germany, U.K.

A growing number of countries moved to halt air traffic from South Africa and neighboring countries after the discovery of the new Omicron variant that appears to have originated there.
The World Health Organization skipped two Greek letters, Nu and Xi, and bestowed the new variant with the name Omicron, to avoid confusion with the English word “new” that is pronounced similarly to the letter Nu and with the name of …

U.S. Moves to Limit Travel from South Africa Amidst Fast-Moving New Covid Variant

U.S. Moves to Limit Travel from South Africa Amidst Fast-Moving New Covid Variant

On the heels of similar moves by at least ten countries including France, Germany, Japan, Israel, Italy, and Singapore, the United States moved to contain the spread of the fast-moving South Africa variant by prohibiting travel from a number of African countries.
The travel ban will go into effect on Monday, the Biden Administration said.  It will prohibit travelers from South Africa as well as from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, …

Gas Prices Hover at Eight-Year High at Start of Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Week

Gas Prices Hover at Eight-Year High at Start of Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Week

If you think you’re paying more at the pump, you’re not wrong: Gasoline prices have spiked over the past 12 months.
The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.38 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, compared to $2.24 one year earlier, when fuel prices hit record lows due to the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel.
The cost per gallon is the highest it’s been since 2013, when it …

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 21: 2021 Death Toll From Covid Now Exceeds Total from 2020

Coronavirus News Update – Nov. 21: 2021 Death Toll From Covid Now Exceeds Total from 2020

The number of deaths in the United States from the coronavirus recorded thus far in 2021 exceeded on Saturday the toll in 2020, according to U.S. government data.  The pandemic-long total is now twice the death toll in 2020 of 385,343, according to current death-certificate data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Meanwhile, protests in Europe against new lockdowns continued.  In Vienna, tens of thousands of people, many …