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Coalition of Airlines, Travel Groups Calls for End to U.S.-UK Travel Ban

Coalition of Airlines, Travel Groups Calls for End to U.S.-UK Travel Ban

A transatlantic group of travel-related industries called on the United States and the United Kingdom to fully reopen the travel market between the two countries “as soon as safely possible.”
The United States has had a ban in place for 14 months on nearly all non-U.S. citizens who were traveling from the United Kingdom, with an eye towards stemming the spread of the coronavirus.
In a letter to President Joseph Biden and …

JetBlue Gets First Long-Range Airbus A321 That Will Support Its Inaugural Transatlantic Service to London

JetBlue Gets First Long-Range Airbus A321 That Will Support Its Inaugural Transatlantic Service to London

JetBlue Airways announced it had taken delivery of its very first Airbus A321LR, the long-range version of the popular A321 jet.
The A321LR, first introduced in 2015 and that made its first flight in 2018, has a range of 4,600 miles (7,402 km) and can seat 206 passengers in a typical two-class configuration.
“The delivery of our new A321LR sets the stage for a new era at JetBlue in which we now …

U.K. Set to Fully Reopen by June 21, Says Johnson

U.K. Set to Fully Reopen by June 21, Says Johnson

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that his country was on track to meet the planned next step of reopening on May 17.
The country saw 2,728 new Covid cases on Thursday, well below the 68,000 cases that it was recording at the beginning of the year.
If the trend continues, the hope is to have all restrictions lifted by June 21.
“There’s no question that we’re starting to get the pandemic …

JetBlue Takes Steps to Offer Tickets in the U.K. for New N.Y.-London Service

JetBlue Takes Steps to Offer Tickets in the U.K. for New N.Y.-London Service

JetBlue Airways moved forward with its plans to offer transatlantic service from New York to London with the appointment of a sales team for the United Kingdom.
The New York-based airline is pointing with Discover the World, a U.K.-based firm that serves as an outsourced sales and marketing organization for companies in the travel and hospitality industries.
The two companies announced the appointment of a dedicated sales team, naming Claire Herbert to …

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Laid to Rest in Quiet Ceremony Amidst Covid Restrictions

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Laid to Rest in Quiet Ceremony Amidst Covid Restrictions

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, was laid to rest amidst a somber albeit small affair replete with tradition and reverence.
The Queen sat alone during the service, and all guests who were not members of the same household had to sit around two meters apart.
Members of the royal family wore masks, allowing them to grieve a bit more privately.  While the mood was sorrowful, …

Coronavirus News Update – April 16: Small Group of Vaccinated Americans Report Contracting Covid, Says CDC

Coronavirus News Update – April 16: Small Group of Vaccinated Americans Report Contracting Covid, Says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it had identified a small number of people who had contracted Covid-19 even after being fully vaccinated. The percentage, however, of these so-called breakthrough cases – approximately 5,800 recipients out of around 66 million Americans, or some 0.008% – is not abnormal, the agency said, as the vaccines in the country are highly effective – up to 95% so – but …

U.K. Partially Reopens After 3 Months of Lockdown

U.K.  Partially Reopens After 3 Months of Lockdown

Britain’s third lockdown – one of the longest and most stringent to take place amidst the coronavirus pandemic – ended in the wee hours of the morning on Monday and, in characteristic fashion, a few pubs opened up early to celebrate, despite having to pour their first pints for outdoor consumption.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the moment “a major step forward in our road map to freedom.”
Britain had entered its …