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JetBlue Turns 20

JetBlue Turns 20

JetBlue Airways turned 20 on Tuesday.  The New York-based airline’s first revenue flight was Flight 1 between New York and Fort Lauderdale on February 11, 2000.
The airline was founded with a pledge “to bring humanity to air travel.”
“No one believed that a start-up airline in 2000 could survive 20 months, much less 20 years,” said Robin Hayes, chief executive officer, JetBlue, adding that “taking care of people” proved to be …

British Airways 747 Flight Hits 825 MPH, Shatters Record for Fastest Subsonic Flight Between N.Y. and London

British Airways 747 Flight Hits 825 MPH, Shatters Record for Fastest Subsonic Flight Between N.Y. and London

A British Airways Boeing 747 broke a speed record and a record for the fastest ever subsonic flight between New York and London after it hit a ground speed of 825 mph (1,327 km/h) early Sunday morning.
British Airways Flight 112, which took off from John F. Kennedy International Airport at 6:48 p.m. Saturday, managed to hit that speed thanks to a major storm that was speeding towards the British Isles.  The …

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Climbs Over 700, An American Dies in Wuhan, the Virus Gets a Name

Coronavirus Update: Death Toll Climbs Over 700, An American Dies in Wuhan, the Virus Gets a Name

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
Chinese health officials said Saturday that 34,546 cases of the novel coronavirus had been confirmed, meaning an additional 3,399 cases had been confirmed in the previous 24 hours.  Meanwhile, the death toll jumped by 86 to at least 722 people.
CORONAVIRUS NEWS
02-08 An American diagnosed with the coronavirus died in China.  The 60-year-old woman is the first U.S. citizen to die from the illness and passed away on February …

New York State to Sue Trump Administration Over Global Entry Freeze

New York State to Sue Trump Administration Over Global Entry Freeze

New York State officials announced Friday that the state will file suit against the Trump administration over its recent decision to refuse to process new applications and renewals from state residents for various trusted-traveler programs including Global Entry.
On Wednesday the Department of Homeland Security, which operates Global Entry in addition to the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection, or SENTRI, a program that expedites re-entry into the United States …

Coronavirus Update: Faster Diagnoses, Doctor Who Warned of Outbreak Dies from Virus

Coronavirus Update: Faster Diagnoses, Doctor Who Warned of Outbreak Dies from Virus

TODAY’S FACTS AND FIGURES
The death toll and number of infections from the Wuhan coronavirus continued to climb. Officials in China said that the number of confirmed cases is now 31,161, an increase of 3,100 new cases over the previous 24 hours.  The number who have died from the virus has risen by 70 to 636, although the actual figures could be higher.
CORONAVIRUS NEWS
02-07 China’s President Xi says that Beijing has “declared …

Dept. of Homeland Security Bars New Yorkers from Enrolling in Global Entry

Dept. of Homeland Security Bars New Yorkers from Enrolling in Global Entry

The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that New Yorkers could no longer enroll in the Global Entry and other trusted traveler programs because a new state law known as the “Green Light Law” prevents federal immigration officials from accessing personal information such as a driver’s record without a court order.
In a letter from the acting secretary of the department, Chad Wolf, the agency said that change came in response …

Luxe Life Hotel Opens in New York City

Luxe Life Hotel Opens in New York City

Luxe Hotels announced the opening of the Luxe Life Hotel in New York City.
The 98-key hotel is in the former headquarters building of Life Magazine.  Life moved into the building in 1895 and the hotel celebrates the famous photographers and artists who contributed to the magazine including Norman Rockwell, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Margaret Bourke-White, and Robert Capa.
“Today, the Life team’s creative spirit lives on throughout the neighborhood and throughout the hotel,” …