Electric Planes, Britain’s Duty-freexit & Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays (#75)

In the final weekly news roundup for season 3, #nerdbirds Jeremy & Kai discuss United’s pledge to go 100% carbon neutral by 2050, and about how Nordic countries have also set up their timelines to go fossil-free faster than you might think! On the ground, they talk about Aptera’s new solar-powered electric vehicle that can go up to 1,000 miles between charges! In jobs news, London Heathrow could potential lose 2,000 retail jobs as a result of impending taxation changes in the UK after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31, 2020.

In Part Two, they take an in-depth look at how to travel virtually for the holidays, including Finnair’s virtual flights to visit Santa Claus, Christmas light displays & parades in both the US and Europe, and a new virtual travel company called Beeyonder, aiming to make travel accessible to all, especially those that are restricted from travelling.

Story Links:

United Makes Bold Environmental Commitment Unmatched by Any Airline
(United Airlines Hub)

Nordic States Set Electric-Planes Pace After Green-Cars Push
(Bloomberg)

See the World’s First Electric Car That’s Powered by the Sun
(Travel + Leisure)

London Heathrow Could Lose 2,000 Retail Jobs Due to “Tourist Tax”
(Airways Magazine)

First-ever Finnair virtual reality flight to see Santa delivers some magic this festive season
(Finnair – Cision)

The Most Beautiful Virtual Christmas Light Displays In The U.S.
(Travel Awaits)

The Most Beautiful Christmas Light Displays In Europe
(Travel Awaits)

Beeyonder launches virtual travel platform for the holidays
(TravelDailyNews.com)