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‘All Aboard Amtrak’: Biden to Take Train to Washington, D.C. for Inauguration

‘All Aboard Amtrak’: Biden to Take Train to Washington, D.C. for Inauguration

Longtime Amtrak commuter President-Elect Joseph Biden will travel to Washington, D.C. for his inauguration much in the same manner as he has traveled back and forth to the capital over decades as senator and later vice president, via an Amtrak train.
The man who earned the nickname “Amtrak Joe” after an estimated 8,000 round trips over many decades in Washington will travel from the Amtrak station on South Street in Wilmington, …

Indonesian Jet Crashes into the Sea After Takeoff from Jakarta, At Least 62 on Board Killed

Indonesian Jet Crashes into the Sea After Takeoff from Jakarta, At Least 62 on Board Killed

An Indonesian jetliner crashed just minutes after takeoff from Jakarta Saturday morning.
All 62 on board are believed to have perished in the crash, which took place after the aircraft lost more than 10,000’ of altitude in 60 seconds over the Java Sea.
Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, a 26-year-old Boeing 737-500, was en route from Jakarta International Airport bound for Supadio International Airport in the city of Pontianak on the island of …

Alaska to Launch New Transcon Service Linking San Diego to New York, Newark, and Boston

Alaska to Launch New Transcon Service Linking San Diego to New York, Newark, and Boston

Alaska Airlines announced it will plans for three new transcon routes come spring as well as new service to Austin.
The Seattle-based carrier will launch daily non-stop service between San Diego and New York City on April 4, 2021, as well as twice daily non-stop service between Los Angles and Austin on March 18.
The Los Angeles-Austin route will increase to thrice-daily operations starting May 20.
Later in the spring, Alaska will introduce …

World Leaders Express Shock at Storming of Capitol by Supporters of President Trump

Seeing echoes of their own fascist past in some cases, world leaders reacted in horror to televised scenes of supporters of President Trump storming the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to stop a joint session of Congress from certifying the election of Joseph Biden as president.
From Europe to Asia to Latin America, politicians and citizens alike watched the events of January 6 unfold in horror.
The action temporarily halted the certification …

World of Hyatt Launches ‘500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New’ Promotion

World of Hyatt Launches ‘500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New’ Promotion

Hyatt’s World of Hyatt guest loyalty promotion announced a new promotion, 500 Reasons to Stay Somewhere New, which encourages travelers to stay at new Hyatt properties.
All members are eligible to earn 500 points per night with a stay at one or more of 34 new Hyatt hotels.
Registration is not required as all members of the World of Hyatt program are eligible.
The promotion period varies from hotel to hotel, but typically …

American Airlines Bans Emotional Support Animals from Flights

American Airlines Bans Emotional Support Animals from Flights

American Airlines said Tuesday that it would no longer accept any emotional support animals on its flights.
The action aligns with new Department of Transportation rules that require the airline only to transport service animals.
The new DOT rule defines a service animal as a dog “trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability.”
The action came after passengers repeatedly and fraudulently attempted to …

Delta, WestJet to Sell 11 767s to Amazon Air

Delta, WestJet to Sell 11 767s to Amazon Air

Delta Air Lines and WestJet announced the sale of a total of 11 Boeing 767-300 aircraft to Amazon.
The deal includes four from WestJet and seven from Delta.
All 11 planes will become part of the Amazon Air fleet. Amazon Air, formerly Amazon Prime Air, is the company’s in-house cargo carrier.
The new aircraft will be used by Amazon “to keep pace in meeting our customer promises, said Sarah Rhoads, vice president of …