Two interesting tidbits from today's Chicago Tribune transportation section:

Audi is bringing the A3 to the US market. Maybe my BMW 318ti won't feel so lonely when its newer hatchback cousin arrives here.

Singapore Airlines is planning to launch what will be the longest commercial flight operating, Singapore to Los Angeles non-stop. An 18 hour flight. Six months after that, they plan to beat their own record by operating Singapore to New York nonstop.
Neither of these offer any benefit to a Chicagoan -- still have to change planes somewhere, and I'm not sure LAX is any better than Tokyo NRT. The JFK service definitely doesn't help -- by design or by accident, there is only one flight a day between O'Hare and JFK (all 30+ other NYC flights from here go to LGA or EWR). Still, these are impressively long nonstops, and they are going to have go way over the Arctic in order to accomplish it.

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