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WestJet Launches New Service to London’s Heathrow Airport from Calgary

WestJet Launches New Service to London’s Heathrow Airport from Calgary

WestJet launched new service from Calgary to London Sunday night.
The airline’s first flight to London Heathrow Airport arrived at noon local time there.
The carrier will operate the flights using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
WestJet’s Dreamliners seat 320 passengers in a three-class configuration. The airline offers a business-class cabin with fully lie-flat seats, as well as a premium-economy cabin with seats in a 2-3-2 configuration.
The carrier first announced plans for the new …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 28: Lax Covid Precautions at the Oscars, White House Emphasizes Indoor Air Quality

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 28: Lax Covid Precautions at the Oscars, White House Emphasizes Indoor Air Quality

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 748th day of the pandemic.
Sunday’s Oscars looked far more normal than last year, when the event was held at Union Station, There was no red carpet, few if any parties, and the audience was limited to 170.
It was a time when vaccines were still rolling out and mask mandates were …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 10: Prices Climbed 7.9% in February, Cases Surge Across the Globe

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – March 10: Prices Climbed 7.9% in February, Cases Surge Across the Globe

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 69th day of 2022.
In what amounted to a five-minute pause between the pandemic and the outbreak of war in Europe, inflation rose 7.9% in February according to figures released Thursday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
It is the largest annual increase in 40 years and does not reflect …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – The World Hits the 6 Million Mark in Covid Deaths, Cases Surge in Hong Kong

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – The World Hits the 6 Million Mark in Covid Deaths, Cases Surge in Hong Kong

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 63rd day of 2022.
At some point over the past 24 hours, the sixth millionth person to die from the coronavirus did just that, without any fanfare or knowledge that he was hitting a grim milestone of sorts in the two-year-old pandemic.
It was only a little over four months ago that …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 20: Queen Elizabeth Tests Positive for Covid, Strife in Ottawa Continues

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 20: Queen Elizabeth Tests Positive for Covid, Strife in Ottawa Continues

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 51st day of 2022.
The world woke up to the news that Queen Elizabeth of Britain had tested positive for the coronavirus, despite the great precautions taken by the palace to protect the 95-year-old monarch from infection.
The highly-transmissible omicron variant of the coronavirus is so insidious that it can infiltrate almost …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 11: Canadian Blockades Costing Automakers Billions, New York City to Fire Thousands of Non-Vaccinated Workers

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 11: Canadian Blockades Costing Automakers Billions, New York City to Fire Thousands of Non-Vaccinated Workers

President Joseph Biden asked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to use federal powers to end the blockade of truckers who are interfering with border crossings to the United States, including the Emerson Port of Entry in Manitoba and the Ambassador Bridge that links Detroit with Ontario.  The truckers are protesting coronavirus restrictions and mandates and the demonstrations are reportedly resulting in billions of dollars of losses and costs as the …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 10: U.S. Exiting ‘Full-Blown Pandemic Phase Says Fauci, 500,000 Deaths Since Omicron

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Feb. 10: U.S. Exiting ‘Full-Blown Pandemic Phase Says Fauci, 500,000 Deaths Since Omicron

Good morning. This is Jonathan Spira reporting. Here now the news of the pandemic from across the globe on the 41st day of 2022.
The number of deaths across the globe from the coronavirus since the omicron variant was first detected in November hit the 500,000 milestone, just as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor to President Joseph Biden, said that the United States is exiting “the full-blown pandemic phase.”  …