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Just a year after the COVID-19 pandemic sent the air travel industry into a sharp downturn, United Airlines has placed the biggest order for new aircraft in its history. The world’s fourth-largest airline announced Tuesday that it would order 270 Boeing 737 Max and Airbus A321neo planes for delivery starting next year.

The order, plus a promise that United would hire 25,000 new employees (after laying off thousands of workers during the pandemic), is both a sign that the airline expects an upswing in travel, but also a massive boost to Boeing’s 737 Max airliner. The Max family returned to the skies in November after being grounded worldwide for 20 months over two crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed a combined total of 346 people.

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“We are truly humbled by United Airlines’ confidence in the people of Boeing and the airplanes we design and build every day,” Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said in a statement. “As we look forward to the recovery ahead, we are honored that United has once again chosen the 737 family’s performance, efficiency and flexibility to power their growing network.”

Both the 737 Max and A321neo are narrow-body midrange jets that seat between 175 and 210 people. The aircraft promise quieter and cleaner engines and better fuel efficiency (United says the new planes will lower its airline’s total carbon emissions per seat by up to 15%).

United said it’ll buy 70 A321neos, 50 737 Max 8s, and 150 of the 737 Max 10, which made its first flight only last week. Recent orders for the 737 Max have also come from Southwest, Alaska, Ryanair, Copa Airlines and Virgin Australia,

The airline also touted the passenger cabin amenities of its new planes. They include larger overhead storage bins, electrical outlets at each seat, Wi-Fi that’ll be fast enough to stream online video and Bluetooth that’ll let passengers connect personal wireless headphones to seat-back entertainment screens. 

In a statement, United’s chief commercial officer, Andrew Nocella, said the cabin upgrades are about adding a more consistent passenger experience across its fleet. “[It’s a] focus on the amenities that customers value most like seat back screens, fast WiFi and extra storage to further set ourselves apart.”

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Digital payments company Square is now offering checking and savings accounts for small-business customers. On Tuesday, the company unveiled Square Banking, a set of tools for collecting payments, managing banking and viewing cash flow all at once.

“When you take payments and bank through Square, everything is connected. Watch your sales flow directly into Square banking, so accessing and moving your money is fast, easy — and can even be automated,” Square said in a press release.

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Square Banking is the latest expansion by the payments company run by Jack Dorsey, who’s also CEO of Twitter. Last week, Dorsey said Square will create a new business focused on the Bitcoin cryptocurrency, to help developers design decentralized financial products.

The new checking and savings accounts join the company’s lending option, now called Square Loans, as well as the Square debit card, which the company launched in 2019 for business customers. 

The new accounts will let businesses access money they bring in through Square payments, without first having to transfer it to a separate bank account. Square said the new banking accounts don’t have a minimum balance and that there aren’t monthly account fees. 

Square’s checking accounts will be provided by Sutton Bank, which also issues the Square debit card. Square said funds are FDIC-insured.

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With employees expected to start returning to the office in September, Apple is reportedly clamping down even future on remote work. Some Apple employees are saying it’s even harder to get remote work approved now that the company is moving forward with its hybrid plan, according to a report Thursday from The Verge

Apple’s corporate culture is well known throughout Silicon Valley as secretive, often requiring employees to be on site. However, there were some exceptions to this and some teams were more lenient about remote work, according to The Verge. But now, some of these previous exceptions are reportedly being denied. 

In June, Apple told employees it expects them to be in the office at least three days a week. Employees reportedly pushed back on this plan, asking CEO Tim Cook for more flexibility. Apple reportedly dismissed the request and told employees that “in-person collaboration is essential to our culture and our future.”

Some Apple employees have said they plan to quit due to the hybrid work policy, reported The Verge, citing messages in a company Slack channel. 

Apple isn’t the only tech company grappling with plans to return to the office following the COVID-19 pandemic. Google, which similarly is asking most employees to be in office three days a week, has frustrated employees with what they say are inflexible and opaque remote work policies. Last month, Facebook extended remote work options to all of its employee, and Twitter has said all employees will have the option to work from home permanently. 

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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