Lucid Motors, Launching on Nasdaq, Changes Definition of Luxury EV

by Paul Riegler

Tesla competitor Lucid Motors celebrated its debut on the Nasdaq Monday with fanfare worthy of the best of television game shoes, including the appropriate amount of confetti for a company with a market value of roughly $43 billion that has yet to sell a single vehicle.
While there are many comparisons that have been made with Tesla – the company’s CEO Peter Rawlin led the development of the Tesla Model S …

Airlines, Once in Favor of a Mask Mandate, Are Over It

by Anna Breuer

Face masks are required on all public transit regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, but that could soon change.  With support of U.S. airlines and cabin crew, President Joseph Biden issued a mask mandate shortly after taking office that requires passengers on planes, trains, buses, and streetcars to don the face covering.
The masks limit the wearer’s exposure to respiratory droplets and large particles of the virus and may help prevent people …

Volkswagen Passat Reaches the End of the Road in the U.S.

by Kurt Stolz

Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was the Chevrolet Impala, the Buick Electra, the Ford Taurus, and even the Lincoln Continental. But car buyers began to reject sedans in favor of crossovers and gone were these models with the stroke of a pen, along with Acura RLX, the Cadillac CT6, the Jaguar XE, and, now, the Volkswagen Passat.
Volkswagen said Monday that 2022 will be the final year for …

25 Years Ago Today, TWA Flight 800 Exploded Over the Atlantic

by Anna Breuer

Twenty-five years ago, TWA Flight 800 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on July 17, 1996, 12 minutes after taking off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. All 230 people onboard the Boeing 747-100 perished. The investigation revealed that a fuel tank explosion was the cause of the crash.
On Saturday, a private memorial service for the families of those lost on the flight is being held. The service will …

United Airlines CEO Doesn’t Expect Travel to Fully Recover Until 2023

by Kurt Stolz

Travel is not likely to return in full to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby said in an interview on Sunday.
Speaking on the CBS news program “Face the Nation,” Kirby said that, given the pent-up demand for people to “connect with the world,” leisure travel has exceeded 100% of pre-pandemic levels, but the demand on the business side is still down by 60% as many …

Thomas Plaskett, Founder of American Airlines’ Frequent-Flyer Program and Former Pan Am CEO, Dies at 77

by Anna Breuer

Thomas Plaskett, an airline industry visionary who led both Pan American World Airways and Continental Airlines and created the American Airlines AAdvantage frequent-flyer program, died on June 24 at the age of 77.  He had been undergoing treatment for cancer at the time of his death.
Mr. Plaskett, a Harvard MBA, joined American Airlines four years before the deregulation of airfares changed the playing field forever. He moved up the ranks …

Using Windows? Update Your Copy Now, Says Microsoft

by Paul Riegler

If you’re using the Microsoft Windows operating system, the folks in Redmond have a message for you: Update your copy of Windows right now.
The tech company issued this warning after security researchers found a serious vulnerability in the operating system’s code.
The vulnerability impacts both Windows 10 as well as the older Windows 7, a version of the operating system that is no longer supported by Microsoft.
Microsoft nonetheless issued a patch …