This is a roundup of news and other interesting pieces that I’ve come across over the last few days. Read tips about Citi’s fraud alert endless loop, new Avelo routes in Binghamton, new hypersonic aircraft that travel to any destination on Earth in about one hour, Royal Caribbean to use SpaceX’s Starlink, and Chase applications IP issues.
Some Citi customer sometimes get stuck in an endless loop of fraud alerts that can be extremely frustrating. Some of the requirements include asking to call someone else, who is not on the account, to verify who you are. After completing the process your card could get locked again anyway the next time you use it.
Avelo Airlines announced today it will begin serving Binghamton, New York this fall with exclusive nonstop service to two popular Florida destinations: Orlando and Fort Myers. When service begins November 16, Avelo will be the only airline offering nonstop flights from New York’s Southern Tier to The Sunshine State.
Introductory one-way fares between Greater Binghamton Airport (BGM) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Fort Myers’ Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) start at $79. Customers can make reservations at AveloAir.com.
Velontra Contracts with Venus Aerospace to Deliver a Propulsion System Enabling Airflights Around the Globe in One Hour
Cincinnati/Dayton-based Velontra has partnered with Venus Aerospace in Houston, Texas, to develop a revolutionary propulsion system. Velontra’s after-burner system will enable Venus’ hypersonic aircraft to take off from any airport in the world where it will travel to any destination on Earth in about one hour.
Their air-breathing propulsion system is up to six times more fuel efficient than any rocket and uses oxygen from the air which creates thousands of pounds of additional payload capacity. The Venus Aerospace “Stargazer” is designed as an unusually sleek aircraft, proposed to be 100 feet wide by 150 feet long. It is expected to weigh around 150,000 pounds and accommodate up to 12 passengers. It is the brainchild of Venus founders and noted space engineers Sarah “Sassie” Duggleby and her husband, Dr. Andrew Duggleby.
Royal Caribbean Group announced today its plan to implement SpaceX’s Starlink – making the Group the first in the cruise industry to adopt its high-speed, low-latency connectivity for a better onboard experience for guests and crew fleetwide. The innovative broadband internet service will be installed on all Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Silversea Cruises ships, along with all new vessels for each of the brands. Deployment of the Starlink technology across the fleet will begin immediately, leveraging the insights obtained from the trial onboard Freedom of the Seas, which has received a tremendous amount of positive feedback from guests and crew. The installation is slated to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2023.
Recently there has been an issue where Chase has been denying credit card applications due to the applicant applying from an IP address located in a country or territory subject to U.S. economic sanctions. The issue is that the applicants have been applying from states such as Texas, Oregon, Arizona & California.