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American, United Airlines Begin Flights to Support Distribution of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

American, United Airlines Begin Flights to Support Distribution of Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine

American Airlines and United Airlines are putting the wheels into motion to distribute Pfizer’s new Covid-1i vaccine.
Because the Pfizer vaccine must be kept at -94° F (-70° C) during transport, although the pharmaceutical manufacturer said it can be kept at 36° F to 46° F (2° C to 8° C) for a maximum of five days in refrigeration units at hospitals.  Pfizer has developed what is calls “thermal shippers” which …

Apple Updates Maps App with Transit Directions for Austria

Apple Updates Maps App with Transit Directions for Austria

Apple said it has added transit directions to Austria in an update to the Apple Maps app.
While the update adds public transit directions for the entire country, the focus of the update is Vienna, where travelers
In addition to the Alpine nation, the list of countries on the continent where Apple Maps now supports transit directions includes Estonia, Finland, France (Paris only), Germany, Italy (Rome only), the Netherlands, Norway, Spain (Madrid …

European Regulators Give Boeing 737 Max a Green Light to Return to Service

European Regulators Give Boeing 737 Max a Green Light to Return to Service

The   European Union Aviation Safety Agency, the European regulator that is responsible for certification, regulation, and standardization of aviation for all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, said it intends to allow the beleaguered Boeing 737 Max to return to the skies.
The agency said it was “its intention to approve the aircraft to return to Europe’s skies within a matter of weeks.”
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration …

Despite Warnings, 50 Million People Traveled This Thanksgiving

Despite a raging pandemic and a warning from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention not to travel, approximately 50 million people began the trek over the river and through the woods, hopefully not to grandmother’s house, a figure that was only five million fewer than last year, according to data from the Automobile Association of America.
The CDC issued its warning last Thursday.  On Friday, over one million people …

Traveling for the Holidays? ‘It’s Not too Late to Cancel’ Says the Big Apple

Traveling for the Holidays? ‘It’s Not too Late to Cancel’ Says the Big Apple

New York City wants people to stay put this Thanksgiving.
On Tuesday, the city unveiled a public service campaign that urges New Yorkers as well as visitors to stay home as much as possible, in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
“It’s not too late to cancel your travel plans,” said Dr. Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, during a morning press conference at City Hall.
The ad campaign tells people, …

Despite Dire Warnings, Airports Report a Rise in Travelers

Despite Dire Warnings, Airports Report a Rise in Travelers

Despite warnings and pleas from health experts and government officials, Thanksgiving travel is surging along with the coronavirus.
Over one million people traversed TSA airport security checkpoints on Friday, only the second time the figure has topped one million since March, according to the Transportation Security Administration.
Even with the crowds at many airports, however, travel was down some 40% compared to the Friday before Thanksgiving week last year.
Just a few days …

Braniff Hotel to Open in Dallas at Former Airline’s Hostess College

Braniff Hotel to Open in Dallas at Former Airline’s Hostess College

Braniff Airways, the airline that flew from 1930 through 1982 and that continues as a branding and licensing company while administering former employee travel benefits, announced plans to partner on a Braniff-themed hotel with a real estate developer in the Dallas area.
The Braniff property will be at the site of its former Hostess College and construction is slated to begin in the spring.  The 75-key boutique property will have numerous …