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Major Blackout Hits New York City on 42nd Anniversary of 1977 Power Failure

Major Blackout Hits New York City on 42nd Anniversary of 1977 Power Failure

Parts of New York City were plunged into darkness when a power failure hit the West Side of Manhattan late Saturday.
The power failure came on the 42nd anniversary of the 1977 power failure that led to widespread looting and arson.
The blackout halted subways, disabled traffic lights, and brought the curtain down on Broadway shows. Times Square’s iconic billboards went dark, and Carnegie Hall was evacuated mid-performance and the performers – …

‘Life-Threatening’ Tropical Storm Moves Towards New Orleans

‘Life-Threatening’ Tropical Storm Moves Towards New Orleans

Three states are bracing for Tropical Storm Barry, currently forming in the Gulf. The storm is expected to become a Category 1 Hurricane by Saturday.
Hurricane watches are in effect for parts of coastal Louisiana, as the storm builds strength.  It is expected to make landfall on Saturday.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for a wide area from Gulfport, Mississippi, to New Orleans and west of Baton Rouge …

JetBlue Traffic, Capacity Up for June

JetBlue Traffic, Capacity Up for June

JetBlue Airways announced operational results for June 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 4.7% from 4.4 billion RPMs in the same period last year.
JetBlue’s capacity increased by 4.8% to 5.3 billion available seat miles, or ASMs, from 5.06 billion ASMs in June 2018.
Meanwhile, the carrier’s passenger load factor …

After Seven Decades, Final VW Beetle Rolls Off the Assembly Line

After eight decades, the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile in history, the Volkswagen Beetle, has become extinct.
Production of the current generation Volkswagen Beetle rolled to an end at the automaker’s plant in Puebla, Mexico, on Wednesday.
The final Volkswagen Beetle was a Denim Blue coupe that will remain on display at the plant’s museum.
The original Beetle, officially known as the Volkswagen Type 1, was suggested in 1933 by German Reichskanzler Adolf Hitler …

Hawaiian Airlines Reports Increase in Traffic and Capacity for June

Hawaiian Airlines Reports Increase in Traffic and Capacity for June

Hawaiian Airlines announced operational results for June 2019.
The airline reported that it carried slightly over one million passengers in June, a year-over-year decline of 3.9% from 1,045,740.
Traffic for the Honolulu-based carrier during the month was 1.53 billion RPMs, or revenue passenger miles, an increase of 1.6% from 1.5 billion RPMs in June 2018. The carrier’s total capacity for the month was up 0.3% to 1.713 billion ASMs, or available seat …

BMW to Seek New CEO

BMW to Seek New CEO

BMW’s chief executive, Harald Krüger, will step down before his contract ends in April of next year.
The Munich-based automaker said Friday that its Vorstand, or supervisory board, will name a new CEO after its July 18 meeting.
The news follows BMW’s announcement that it is accelerating its rollout of a fleet of electric vehicles. It plans to have 25 electrified models on sale by 2023, two years earlier than previously announced.
It …

Aeromexico Reports Slight Increase in Traffic for June

Aeromexico Reports Slight Increase in Traffic for June

Aeromexico announced operational results for June 2019. The Mexico City-based carrier saw a small increase in traffic and a decrease in capacity as well as in its load factor.
The airline’s total passenger traffic for the month was 3.68 billion revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs, an increase of 0.2% from 3.67 RPKs in the same month last year. On the domestic side of operations, the carrier reported a 12.1% decrease while …