Musk wishes Branson 'godspeed’ ahead of his suborbital flight aboard VSS Unity, while Bezos’ firm fires barbs

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The billionaire appreciated the words of encouragement hours before the launch. “Thanks for being so typically supportive and such a good friend, Elon. Great to be opening up space for all,” he tweeted in response, to which Musk said “Godspeed!”

The two met later in the day at Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America in New Mexico.

Big day ahead. Great to start the morning with a friend. Feeling good, feeling excited, feeling ready. Watch #Unity22 launch and livestream TODAY at 7:30 am PT | 10:30 am ET | 3:30 pm BST.@virgingalactic@elonmuskhttps://t.co/1313b4RAKIpic.twitter.com/FRQqrQEbH8

The exchange contrasts sharply with barbs fired at Branson’s space project by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. The company, which is aimed at the same emerging market of rich tourists yearning for a new experience, dunked on the VSS Unity, implying it was not really a spaceship and comparing it unfavorably to its own New Shepard capsule.

The salty remark may be due to Branson’s decision to schedule his launch just nine days before the first crewed test by Blue Origin. Some observers have dubbed the competition a “billionaire space race,” though the British businessman denies one is underway.

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United Airlines adds nearly 150 flights to warm-weather destinations

KPRC Click2Houston 10 July, 2021 - 10:52am

As the demand for travel increased five-fold than last year’s July period, United Airline has prepared for more than a year to expand its winter schedule and give customers more air travel choices.

United has worked closely with its network planning teams and the airline’s operating groups to add nearly 150 flights to warm-weather destination cities. Additionally, its increasing its service to Latin beach and leisure markets.

“Celebrating the holidays with family and loved ones in 2020 was a challenge, and we know our customers are already eager to plan winter vacations and gatherings in person this year to make up for time that they lost,” said Ankit Gupta, Vice President of network planning at United Airlines. “As pandemic restrictions ease, people are becoming more confident in planning travel further in advance, so we want to make sure to offer our customers as much choice as possible.”

Starting this November, through March 2022, the airline will offer the options of United First , Economy Plus and standard Economy seats, with free snacks and Wi-Fi.

• If you live in New York/Newark, up to 25 additional flights are heading to cities such as Ft. Myers, Jacksonville and Savannah

• If you reside in Denver, there are up 14 additional flights to cities including Charleston, Ft. Lauderdale and Savannah

• Chicago residents have up to 12 additional flights to cities including Key West, Las Vegas and San Diego

• From Washington D.C., there are up to 11 additional flights to cities like Charleston, New Orleans and Phoenix

• Houston natives have up to 7 additional flights to Florida, for cities such as Miami, Orlando and Palm Beach

• If you’re traveling from Los Angeles, you have 4 additional flights to Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Myers

• For residents from Cleveland there are up to 4 additional flights to Orlando, Tampa and Ft. Myers

• There are up to 3 additional flights from San Francisco to Orlando and Ft. Myers

United customers don’t have to stay within the country’s borders because the airline is increasing its services to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America.

12 new routes were added from Denver, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to destinations like Belize City, Belize; Cozumel, Mexico; Liberia, Costa Rica and Nassau, Bahamas.

United Airline has partnered with Clorox and Cleveland Clinic to ensure travelers have a clean, safely, and healthy check-in and landing experience.

Fights are available for booking on United Airline’s website or through their mobile app.

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