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Is the Boeing 737 MAX safe to fly?

Yes.

(Sorry for the spoiler. Let’s get to it!)

The Daily Flyer

Happy (belated) Martin Luther King Day, and welcome to the January 19, 2020 edition of “The Daily Flyer!” This is The Higher Flyer‘s newsletter that gathers up and summarizes some of the day’s most important happenings in the world of airlines, hotels, award points, and other travel-related things. Today’s feature examines the Boeing 737 MAX‘s safety record as it returns to the skies, and it also covers updates to two popular loyalty programs, the next steps for Alaska and oneworld, AA’s other domestic alliance, and higher flyer steps to containing insurrectionists.

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Grand. Central Station.

Photo of the Week!

F 3.5; 1/40; 24mm.

Shot at Grand Central Station in New York.

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Dreary Winter

Photo of the Week!

F 5.6; 1/100; 94mm.

Shot near the Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado.

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WNning on Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines (whose IATA code is “WN”) is one of the original “disruptors” in the airline industry.  When it commenced operations in 1971, founder Herb Kelleher brought affordable air travel to a burgeoning middle class in the United States; flying was no longer reserved for the one-percent.  It was a refreshing addition in to the market, but Southwest Airlines has since grown into an outlier.  Its barebones passenger experience doesn’t match those on legacy carriers, but it is, price-wise, definitely not an LCC.  Some might argue that its fares are overpriced, whereas others would simultaneously claim that Southwest is the best deal in the sky.  Whether or not it’s a good value depends on who you ask, and such ambiguity makes the airline all the more intriguing and worthy of a closer look.

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To 2021 we go!

Photo of the Week!*

F 5.6; 1/250; 135mm

Shot at the end of the “D” concourse at Doha’s Hamad International Airport.

*But why stop there? This can be the “Photo of the Year!” too.

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For a more perfect Union

Photo of the Week!

F 12.15; 1/160; 142mm.

Shot on the north side of the White House — looking northward — in Washington, DC.

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For better, this is America.

Photo of the Week!

F 10.8; 1/800; ISO 100; 97mm.

Shot on the north side of the White House — looking southward — in Washington, DC.

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“There is Hope”

Photo of the Week!

F 8; 1/160; ISO 100; 24mm.

Shot at Greater New Hope Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

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Soon, child, soon!

Photo of the Week!

F 8; 1/160; ISO 100; 45mm.

Shot at El Pentágono De Olvide in Madrid, Spain.

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