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Great Moments in Travel History – July 2021

July is the seventh month of the calendar and was named after the Roman general Julius Caesar as it was the month of his birth.  Prior to that time it was known as Quintillis, or the fifth month of the ten-month Roman calendar.
Falling between June and August, July is typically the start of the “dog days” of summer, a period of hot, humid, and uncomfortable weather.  The ancient Romans blamed …

American Airlines Invests in Electric Air Taxi Company, Orders 250 Electric Aircraft

American Airlines Invests in Electric Air Taxi Company, Orders 250 Electric Aircraft

American Airlines announced it has made an approximately $1 billion investment in Vertical Aerospace and placed an order for up to 250 electric air taxis.
The carrier said it agreed to pre-order the 250 aircraft, with an option for an additional 100. In addition, American expects to make a separate $25 million investment in Vertical Aerospace through a private investment equity transaction.
Vertical Aerospace is a British engineering business headquartered in Bristol.  …

Coronavirus News Update – June 11: A Cruise Ship Required All Passengers to Be Vaccinated. 2 Tested Positive Anyway

Coronavirus News Update – June 11: A Cruise Ship Required All Passengers to Be Vaccinated. 2 Tested Positive Anyway

Two passengers on board a cruise ship where everyone was required to be fully vaccinated tested positive for Covid-19.  The two, who are traveling on Royal Caribbean’s Celebrity Millennium, are asymptomatic and are sharing the same cabin. They are currently in isolation. The cruise line said it was conducting contact tracing and expedited testing of all close contacts of the two infected passengers.  The Celebrity Millennium is one of the first …

Coronavirus News Update – June 10: U.S. to Donate 500 Million Doses of Vaccine to Poor Nations

Coronavirus News Update – June 10: U.S. to Donate 500 Million Doses of Vaccine to Poor Nations

The United States will spend $3.5 billion to purchase 500 million doses of coronavirus vaccine that it will donate to poor countries across the globe. The donations will be managed by Covax, the global initiative that was created to help vaccinate people in developing countries. The doses will be purchased from Pfizer-BioNTech.
As of Thursday morning, the world has recorded over 175.2 million Covid-19 cases and has seen more than 3.77 …

Coronavirus News Update – June 9: U.S. Crosses Major Milestone with Over 50% of Eligible Americans Fully Vaccinated

Coronavirus News Update – June 9: U.S. Crosses Major Milestone with Over 50% of Eligible Americans Fully Vaccinated

The United States hit a major milestone this week: More than 50% of Americans 12 years of age and older are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.  Meanwhile, the average daily number of cases is near a 14-month low although health officials have expressed grave concern over non-vaccinated individuals, calling them “sitting ducks.”
As of Wednesday morning, the world has recorded over 174.8 million Covid-19 cases and has seen more than 3.76 …

Tech Glitch Causes Major U.S., European Websites to go Offline

Tech Glitch Causes Major U.S., European Websites to go Offline

An outage at a cloud-services provider caused numerous news and government websites in Europe and the United States to go offline for approximately an hour on Tuesday morning.
Sites of major news publications such as the New York Times and France’s Le Monde were inaccessible as of 6 a.m. Eastern Time.
“Some readers are currently unable to access nytimes.com. We are looking into it and will send an update soon,” the New …

Coronavirus News Update – June 8: China Gives Green Light to Vaccinations for Children As Young As 3

Coronavirus News Update – June 8: China Gives Green Light to Vaccinations for Children As Young As 3

Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac said that authorities in China had approved the company’s coronavirus vaccine for children as young as 3.  The action makes China the first country in the world to recommend inoculations for children of such a young age.
As of Tuesday morning, the world has recorded over 174.4 million Covid-19 cases and has seen more than 3.75 million deaths, according to Worldometer, a service that tracks such information. In …