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American, Aer Lingus Announce Partnership

American, Aer Lingus Announce Partnership

American Airlines and Aer Lingus announced codeshare agreement for flights between the United States and Europe.
The move comes on the heels of an expansion of the codeshare agreement between American’s Northeast Alliance partner, JetBlue Airways, and Aer Lingus in December of last year.
The new codeshare agreement is part of the overarching Atlantic Joint Business agreement that also includes British Airways, Iberia, and Finnair.   All of the aforementioned carriers except JetBlue …

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 22: South Africa’s Omicron Wave is Receding: Will Other Countries Follow?

Coronavirus Morning News Brief – Dec. 22: South Africa’s Omicron Wave is Receding: Will Other Countries Follow?

Amidst the rising number of omicron variant cases across the globe, there is some good news, researchers in South Africa said that the wave of omicron cases there seems to be receding just as quickly as it grew.
The country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Salim Abdool Karim, told the Washington Post in an interview that he expected “every other country, or almost every other, to follow the same trajectory.”
Meanwhile, as the …

United Operates Passenger Flight Using 100% Sustainable Fuel

United Operates Passenger Flight Using 100% Sustainable Fuel

United Airlines operated what it termed the aviation industry’s first-ever passenger flight that used 100% petroleum-based sustainable aviation fuel.
The Boeing 737 Max departed Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Wednesday morning with over 100 passengers on board.  The passenger list included the airline’s CEO, Scott Kirby.
“Today’s SAF flight is not only a significant milestone for efforts to decarbonize our industry, but when combined with the surge in commitments to produce and purchase …

Thanksgiving Week Forecast: Rain, Snow, and Travel Delays

Thanksgiving Week Forecast: Rain, Snow, and Travel Delays

If you’re traveling by car or air for the Thanksgiving holiday, you probably would want to be at your destination already if your travel plans take you to or through the Midwest and the Northeast.
Heavy rain, high winds, and snow are forecast for major travel hubs in the United States including Atlanta, Chicago, and New York City.  Meanwhile, the storm that was expected to heavily impact the Pacific Northwest has …

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 6: Pfizer Says Antiviral Pill is Highly Effective Against Covid

Coronavirus News Briefing – Nov. 6: Pfizer Says Antiviral Pill is Highly Effective Against Covid

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer reported that its antiviral pill to treat Covid-19 was found in a clinical trial to be 89% effective at preventing severe illness among at-risk individuals who received the medication as soon as they displayed symptoms.
The new drug, known as a protease inhibitor, is designed to block an enzyme the virus needs in order to multiply. When taken alongside a low dose of another antiviral pill called ritonavir, …

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 9: Surge Brings North Dakota Hospitals to Tipping Point

Coronavirus News Update – Oct. 9: Surge Brings North Dakota Hospitals to Tipping Point

The Delta variant-driven surge of the coronavirus pandemic is receding in many parts of the United States but it is surging in North Dakota, pushing hospitals to their limits. The state’s governor, Doug Burgun along with  local officials is asking residents to avoid risky activities that could land them in the emergency room.  Doctors and health-care administrators are asking the public to drive defensively, skip dangerous activities that could result …

Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 30: Teacher Not Wearing Mask Infects Half the Class

Coronavirus News Update – Aug. 30: Teacher Not Wearing Mask Infects Half the Class

An unidentified and non-vaccinated elementary school teacher who took off her mask to read to the class ended up infecting nearly half of them last May, public health officials in California reported Friday.
Members of the class went on to infect other students, family members at home, and people in the community at large.
The teacher reported for work despite having Covid-19 symptoms, it was reported in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s …