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American Airlines to Add Seattle to India Service

AirlineGeeks reports that American Airlines will have new nonstop service between Seattle and Bangalore, India in October. American will become the first airline to offer nonstop flights between Bangalore and the United States. American Airlines has not flown to India since 2012.

The service will connect the city that is home to Amazon and Microsoft with the city sometimes called the “Silicon Valley of India.”

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United Expanding in Denver

AirlineGeeks reports that United plans to expand the number of flights from its Colorado hub from its present 500 flights per day to as many as 700 by 2025. Over the past five years, United has added more than 100 flights from Denver. United also plans to add 1,000 jobs in its Denver hub in coming years.

AirlineGeeks is my favorite source of aviation news.

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New York to London in Under 5-Hours

CNN reports that a British AIrways Boeing 747 aircraft flew overnight from New York to London in four hours and 56 minutes, as Storm Ciara sped towards the United Kingdom.

This was the fastest-ever subsonic flight between New York and London, reaching a top speed of more than 800mph (1,287km/h), and arriving at Heathrow almost two hours ahead of schedule.

This reminds me of the days of the Concorde, which took about 3.5 hours.

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Masked White Nationalists March in Washington With Police Escort

WASHINGTON — Police escorted masked members of a white nationalist group on a march through Washington’s National Mall on Saturday that Metropolitan Police said occurred without incident or arrests. More than 100 members of the Patriot Front, dressed in khaki pants and caps, blue jackets and white face masks, shouted “Reclaim America!” and “Life, liberty, victory!” video of the march showed.

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Patriot Front as a white nationalist group that broke off from a similar organization, Vanguard America, in the aftermath of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

The New York Times

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New York to Sue USG Over Global Entry Freeze

The Department of Homeland Security’s decision immediately affects roughly 50,000 state residents who have applications pending for Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry, which expedites United States Customs and Border Protection screening for international air travelers when they enter the United States. Another 175,000 New Yorkers whose memberships expire this year are also at risk.

The New York Times
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ADL Launches Online Tracker of Anti-Semitic Incidents

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has launched an online Tracker of Anti-Semitic Incidents. The Tracker is a compilation of recent cases of anti-Jewish vandalism, harassment, and assault reported to or detected by ADL.

This tool allows users to see the activity that has taken place, not just around the country, but in localities potentially nearby.

The ADL’s mission to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people, and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”

See also, The Washington Post.

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Chagall’s America Windows

Marc Chagall’s America Windows, Art Institute of Chicago (2020)

Marc Zakharovich Chagall, born Moishe Zakharovich Shagal, (1887 –1985) was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin.

Chagall visited Chicago in the early 1970s to install his mural The Four Seasons, and at that time was inspired to create a set of stained glass windows for the Art Institute of Chicago. Chagall made the windows a tribute to the American Bicentennial, and in particular the commitment of the United States to cultural and religious freedom.The windows appeared prominently in the 1986 movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Chagall fled Nazi-occupied France in 1941 for the United States where he remained until 1948 when he returned to France. He died in France in 1985.

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Audiobook: 'Sea Stories: My Life in Special Operations'

Retired Admiral William H. McRaven was involved in high profile special operations missions, including the capture of Saddam Hussein, the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips, and the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. 

He narrates the audiobook skillfully. I felt as though I was sitting in my living room hearing Admiral McRaven tell tales that made me feel great pride in being an American. Uplifting and highly recommended.

Ret. Adm. Bill McRaven interviewed by Michael Morell, former acting director of the CIA on the “Intelligence Matters” podcast.

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Biggest Airlines – A Decade of Change

It is interesting to see the airlines that have grown and declined over the last decade. Measured by scheduled seats, OAG reports that American Airlines is the largest airline in the world beating out Delta, which held the top spot in 2010. Even so, Delta’s scheduled seats grew by 20% from 2010 to 2019.

Other items of interest:

  • There are four US carriers in the top ten: American (AA), Delta (DL), Southwest (WN) and United (UA). US Airways and Continental have been merged and are no longer flying.
  • China holds three spots on the top ten list: China Southern Airlines (CZ), China Eastern Airlines (MU) and Air China (CA).
  • The largest non-US carrier is Ryanair (FR), based in Ireland. Ryanair is now number 5 on the list having risen from number 7 in 2010.
  • Turkish Airways (TK) is now the tenth largest airline and easyJet (U2) based in the UK is number eight.
  • Lufthansa (LH), one of my favorite airlines, is no longer on the list.
Source: OAG
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Monsey Stabbing: 5 Wounded at Rabbi’s Home in N.Y. Suburb – NYTimes

MONSEY, N.Y. — An intruder with a large knife burst into the home of a Hasidic rabbi in a New York suburb on Saturday, stabbing and wounding five people just as they were gathering to light candles for Hanukkah, officials and a witness said.

Monsey Stabbing: 5 Wounded at Rabbi’s Home in N.Y. Suburb – The New York Times