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United Airlines Adds 150 New Flights to ‘Warm Weather’ Destinations to Winter Schedule

United Airlines Adds 150 New Flights to ‘Warm Weather’ Destinations to Winter Schedule

United Airlines announced the addition of almost 150 new flights to what it termed “warm-weather cities” come winter.
The additions are part of the airline’s preparations for a return to normalcy in air travel.
“United has prepared for the return of air travel for more than a year, matching its flying schedule and aircraft availability to demand by maintaining close coordination between its network planning teams and the airline’s operating groups,” it …

Review and Test Drive: The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 Electric Vehicle Offers Fahrvergnügen for the EV Era

There will be a time when it will no longer be necessary to write the words “Electric Vehicle” after a model name in the headline of a car review, but that time has not yet arrived. However, if more cars such as Volkswagen’s entertaining ID.4 come to market, we may soon need to use a retronym in headlines for those cars powered by internal-combustion engines.
Many people don’t really know what to …

U.S. May Pioneer Supersonic Passenger Aircraft Second Time Around

The United States, which was a bystander in the first wave of supersonic travel that started in the 1970s, may be a pioneer as the second wave of supersonic transport starts to take flight.
The order by a U.S. airline for 50 new supersonic aircraft may put the country at the forefront of flying at twice the speed of sound, after having passed on the opportunity the first time around.
The carrier, …

Theater Review: ‘Persou’ at Cell Theatre Celebrates the Rites of Spring

Spring is here, which means it’s time to head into the Temple of Aphrodite in Paphos, Cyprus.  If that’s not an option due to distance or pandemic travel restrictions, to the Cell Theatre, where the temple has been recreated. This is “Persou,” the immersive festival to celebrate the season, created by Ellpetha Tsivicos and Camilo Quiroz-Vasquez.
The appearance of “Persou” – which takes place largely indoors with live actors – not …

United Airlines First U.S. Carrier to Order Boom Overture Supersonic Plane

United Airlines First U.S. Carrier to Order Boom Overture Supersonic Plane

United Airlines announced a deal to buy 15 Overture supersonic aircraft from Boom Technology, an upstart in the airplane manufacturing business.
The deal, which includes options for 35 more, is contingent on the aircraft meeting United’s safety, operating, and sustainability requirements, United said in a statement.  The aircraft has yet to be built but it is scheduled to roll out in 2025 and go into commercial service in 2026, according to …

Theater Review: ‘Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec’ Transforms Greenwich Village into 19th Century Paris

Although travel is slowly returning, it’s nonetheless possible to be transported not only to Paris, but to the Paris of Henri de Toulouse-Latrec, without stepping foot on an airplane. All one must do is purchase a ticket to attend the delightful “Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Latrec,” as the show takes the theatergoer to Montmantre in the City of Lights’ 18th arrondissement, where the artist spent a portion of his last …

Restaurant Review: Daniel on the Upper East Side in New York City

Dining in New York City took a new turn as thermometers moved towards the freezing mark and restaurateurs took up the challenge to create outdoor dining options that banished the cold, more or less, while remaining in compliance with the Big Apple’s rather strict requirements on what constitutes actual outdoor dining.
Over the past few months, I’ve tasked myself with visiting the various options and have found myself in shacks, miniature …