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Alitalia Shuts Down After 75 Years… Long Live Alitalia

Alitalia Shuts Down After 75 Years… Long Live Alitalia

Alitalia, Italy’s flag carrier, following years of rescue attempts and losses, operated its final flight Thursday night, only to be replaced by… Alitalia.
Italia Transporto Aereo, a new, state-owned carrier, quietly began operations Friday morning under the storied Alitalia name, having acquired from the once glamorous airline, a symbol of the country’s culture and culinary arts, for €90 million ($104.3 million), one third of what Alitalia was hoping for.
Founded as Alitalia …

White House to Lift Some Restrictions for Travelers to the U.S.

White House to Lift Some Restrictions for Travelers to the U.S.

The United States wull lift some restrictions on international travelers to the United States, with the proviso that each traveler is fully vaccinated, the White House announced on Friday.
The change in policy is slated to take effect on November 8.
Travelers will be required to provide proof of vaccination and the last dose of the vaccine must have been delivered at least two weeks, or more, prior to the date of …

Boeing Faces New Dreamliner Challenge with Titanium Part Defect

Boeing Faces New Dreamliner Challenge with Titanium Part Defect

Boeing said on Thursday that it was informed that certain parts from a supplier for the 787 Dreamliner aircraft were improperly manufactured.  The news is the latest in the challenges that the high-tech airliner has faced practically since launch in 2011.
The Chicago-based company did not specify the part or supplier but the Wall Street Journal said that it involved certain titanium parts that were weaker than they should be, based …

U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Visitors at Canada, Mexico Border Crossings

U.S. to Lift Travel Restrictions for Vaccinated Visitors at Canada, Mexico Border Crossings

U.S. officials announced plans to lift restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers from Canada and Mexico starting in early November.
The move will end the curbs that have been in place for non-essential travel since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
The news was announced by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, who said in a statement that the administration “will begin allowing travelers from Mexico and Canada who …

American Express Opens Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow

American Express Opens Centurion Lounge at London Heathrow

American Express, which first announced plans for a Centurion Lounge at London’s Heathrow Airport prior to the pandemic in December 2018, marked its opening on Tuesday.
The 7,000-square-foot (650-square-meter) Centurion Lounge in London is located in Terminal 3 after security.
Visitors to the lounge have access to a large dining area, bar, shower suites, restrooms, high-speed Wi-Fi, a spa, and private phone rooms. The menu is focused on food and drink representative …

Southwest Airlines Cancels Over 1,800 Flights Over the Weekend

Southwest Airlines Cancels Over 1,800 Flights Over the Weekend

Citing poor weather and air-traffic-control issues, Southwest Airlines cancelled over 1,800 flights over the weekend.
The Dallas-based airline was first forced to cancel a large number of flights after severe weather in Florida on Friday prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to impose an air-traffic-management program.
The cancellations left aircraft and crew members at the wrong airports for their ensuing flights and customers where they hadn’t planned to be.
Southwest then effectively pressed the …

American Airlines Emergency Landing at LaGuardia: Report of Suspicious Behavior Sparks Panic on Board Flight

American Airlines Emergency Landing at LaGuardia: Report of Suspicious Behavior Sparks Panic on Board Flight

An American Airlines regional flight made an emergency landing on Saturday at LaGuardia Airport in New York City due to a passenger’s suspicious behavior and it was apparently all caused by a “misunderstanding.”
American Airlines Flight 4817, operated by Republic Airways, left Indianapolis International Airport at 1:01 p.m. local time and was en route for an on-time landing when passengers on board the aircraft reported “suspicious behavior” by another passenger, the …