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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 …

Norwegian Air to End Long-Haul Routes as Part of Restructuring

Norwegian Air to End Long-Haul Routes as Part of Restructuring

Norwegian Air, which gained worldwide renown for its fleet of new high-tech Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft for its long-haul service, will exit that business as part of its restructuring and retreat to its roots as a short-haul carrier with narrow-body aircraft.
The reconstituted Norwegian Air would serve Nordic and European destinations with a fleet of 50 narrow-body aircraft, a figure that the airline sai would rise to 70 in 2022.
When the …

U.K. to Close All Travel Corridors

U.K. to Close All Travel Corridors

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the country would tighten its borders and temporarily close the so-called travel corridors it has established with several countries.
All arriving international travelers will be required to quarantine and to offer proof of a negative coronavirus test prior to flying to Britain.
The corridors were introduced in the summer to allow people traveling from certain countries with a low number of coronavirus cases to travel …

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 14: Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion Virus Plan, France Tightens Restrictions

Coronavirus News Update – Jan. 14: Biden Unveils $1.9 Trillion Virus Plan, France Tightens Restrictions

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc unabated.  The novel coronavirus has sickened more than 93 million people worldwide. At least two million people have died from it.    The United States has almost 24 million cases reported, with over 398,000 deaths.
Saying “the very health of our nation is at stake,” President-Elect Joseph Biden announced a $1.9 trillion spending package to combat the virus and the economic downturn that has been …

United Delays Return to JFK

United Delays Return to JFK

United Airlines, which had planned to return to John F. Kennedy International Airport after a five-year absence, said it was delaying that move by four weeks.
In November, the Chicago-based airline said it will return to the airport on February 1, 2021. The new date is February 28.
The airline cited the coronavirus pandemic-induced decline in travel as the reason for the delay.
Starting on February 1, the Chicago-based carrier will operate four …

Airlines Tighten Security, Airbnb Cancels D.C. Rentals Ahead of Biden Inauguration

Airlines Tighten Security, Airbnb Cancels D.C. Rentals Ahead of Biden Inauguration

The travel industry is preparing for the possibility of additional violence ahead of the inauguration of Joseph Biden as the 46th president of the United States.
Airlines and airports are adding additional staff and security personnel in and around Washington, D.C., while Airbnb preemptively cancelled all guest reservations in the area for the week of the inauguration.  Earlier in the week, the Federal Aviation Administration threatened anyone who doesn’t comply with …

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 …