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Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Merge to Form World’s Third Largest Automaker, Stellantis

Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group Merge to Form World’s Third Largest Automaker, Stellantis

Peugeot S.A. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced the completion of their merger, forming a new parent company, Stellantis.
Stellantis, derived from a Latin word meaning “to brighten with stars,” will be the world’s third-largest auto maker by sales, according to 2019 figures.
The move comes some 13 years after Chrysler’s so-called merger of equals with Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler-Benz failed after a nine-year period.
The name Stellantis will be used only as the corporate …

Study Shows Which Car Windows to Roll Down to Keep Covid at Bay

The interior of a passenger car represents an elevated risk of coronavirus transmission and drivers and passengers have long since been told to roll down the windows to keep aerosols and droplets at bay.
But which windows should one lower, especially if one doesn’t wish to have all four down?
A new study by researchers at the University of Massachusetts and Brown University has the answer.
Noting that, even with proper mask wearing, …

Southwest Upgrades Human Trafficking Training Curriculum

Southwest Upgrades Human Trafficking Training Curriculum

Southwest Airlines announced it is adding additional training on human trafficking issues for its employees.
The action is intended to create greater recognition of  the issue and is being launched during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.
Human trafficking is a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex.
The new curriculum will act as a supplement to the current training program that was established in 2019. It …

Delta Reports Record Loss of $12.4 Billion in 2020

Delta Reports Record Loss of $12.4 Billion in 2020

Delta Air Lines announced financial results for fourth quarter of 2020 as well as for the calendar year.
The Atlanta-based carrier posted a net loss of $12.4 billion in 2020 amidst the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel.  The airline also reported a $755 million net loss in the fourth quarter compared with a $1.1 billion profit in the same period in 2019.
The airline expects a “stronger” 2021, as coronavirus vaccinations start …

Boeing Continues to Trail Airbus in New Orders and Deliveries Going into 2021

Boeing Continues to Trail Airbus in New Orders and Deliveries Going into 2021

Boeing announced orders and deliveries for the fourth quarter of 2020.
The Chicago-based company delivered approximately 60% fewer aircraft to customers in 2020 when compared to the prior year and made one-third the number of deliveries of Airbus, its closest rival.  The delivery figure was the lowest in 43 years.
The aircraft maker delivered 59 planes to customers in the fourth quarter, including 31 737 Max jets, 3 747 jumbo jets, ten …

U.S. to Require Negative Coronavirus Tests from International Air Travelers

U.S. to Require Negative Coronavirus Tests from International Air Travelers

A new federal policy will require international air passengers heading to the United States to present proof of a negative coronavirus test prior to being allowed to board the aircraft.
The move expands a similar policy put into place in December for travelers from Britain heading to the United States.
“Testing does not eliminate all risk,” said Dr. Robert Redfield, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in …

American Express Introduces New Benefits for the Platinum Card

American Express Introduces New Benefits for the Platinum Card

American Express announced new benefits for its Platinum Card.
The Platinum Card, launched in 1984, followed American Express’ 1966 of the Gold Card, defining different market segments within its card business.  At launch, it was billed as extremely exclusive, although that phrase would now fit the company’s Centurion Card, introduced in 1987 and known colloquially as the Black Card.
The new benefits include a monthly statement credit for using PayPal.  The credit …