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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. 17: New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square to be Limited to the Fully Vaccinated

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 17: New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square to be Limited to the Fully Vaccinated

New York City’s famed New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square will return at “full force” come December 31, Mayor Bill De Blasio said Tuesday, albeit with a caveat: Only those who are fully vaccinated will be permitted to attend. 
Although the event is being held outdoors, attendance requires mandatory vaccinations because it is an extremely crowded hour-long event that draws people from around the country as well as across …

United Airlines to Launch New Shuttle from Newark to Washington, D.C.

United Airlines to Launch New Shuttle from Newark to Washington, D.C.

United Airlines announced plans to introduce a new hourly shuttle service linking the New York metropolitan area with Washingto, D.C.
The shuttle will operate between Newark Liberty International and Reagan National airports on a “near-hourly” basis starting at 6 a.m. local time and ending at 10 p.m.
The Chicago-based airline will operate the new shuttle using the Bombardier CRJ-550 aircraft.  The two-class airliner  and seats ten in the first-class cabin, 30 in …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 21: 670,000 Flags on the National Mall Pay Silent Tribute to America’s Loss

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 21: 670,000 Flags on the National Mall Pay Silent Tribute to America’s Loss

The coronavirus pandemic became the deadliest disease event in U.S. history, overtaking the 1918 Spanish flu just as the death toll crossed the 675,000 mark.  Of course, the population of the country in 1918 was a third of what it is now, so as a percentage of the population, the 1918 pandemic continues to remain the deadliest of the two.
Meanwhile, at the Washington Monument, an art installation consisting of 670,000 …

United Airlines Plans New Service from Washington, D.C. to Lagos

United Airlines Plans New Service from Washington, D.C. to Lagos

United Airlines announced it will introduce new thrice-weekly non-stop service between Washington, D.C. and Lagos, Nigeria.
Flights to Lagos will start November 29, subject to government approval.
The new flights will be the first non-stop service linking the two cities.
The Chicago-based carrier first announced plans for the Lagos service in November of last year.
With a population of 14.8 million, Lagos is the second most populous city in Africa and a major destination …

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 17: Singer Causes Turmoil With Claims of Vaccine Side Effects

Coronavirus News Update – Sept. 17: Singer Causes Turmoil With Claims of Vaccine Side Effects

Rapper Nicki Minaj, who posted on social media channels an allegation that coronavirus vaccine results in impotence, caused a strong backlash from scientists and doctors across the globe, and then misinterpreted a White House offer to connect her via phone call with doctors to discuss the vaccine as an invitation to the White House.
The White House later said that the administration has offered such phone calls with others concerning the …

Amtrak Introduces New First-Class Menus on Acela Trains

Amtrak Introduces New First-Class Menus on Acela Trains

Amtrak announced it will offer new menus to passengers traveling in the first-class cars of its Acela trains.
The high-speed Acela service operates along the so-called Northeast Corridor, with express trains to and from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.
The railroad said it was “reimagining our onboard Acela dining options in First-class with creative new options that travelers will enjoy.“
The company, which is the operator of most of the United …