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American recently opened a new terminal at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. By now, many of you frequent fliers have already seen it. Spectacular, isn’t it? It’s a beautiful achievement and is worth taking a walk through, even if you —gasp! — fly with another airline. Next month, New York is opening doors to some of its most stunning and prominent buildings.

You can read (and see) more about that on page 74 as well as on our website, www.american waymag.com.

 All of this door opening has me thinking about how we open many doors for you through our magazine — and you never even have to leave your seat.

Every day, we — and our talented crew of writers, photographers, and illustrators — scour the world to bring you the most interesting news and experi­ences we can find.

And all you have to do to benefit from this research is hop on a plane, store your briefcase under the seat in front of you or in the overhead bin, and reach into the seat back, grab the magazine, and start reading. I promise that the work you intended to do on the plane will still be there when you land. Trust me.

As a result of spending your in-flight time reading, you’ll not only be more in the know upon reaching your destination, you’ll also have been entertained.

In this issue alone, you can learn about a new trend in philanthropy called giving circles, an incredible group of islands off the coast of Turkey, and a young fellow who’s been making waves in jazz circles for quite some time.

I had never heard of the Princes’ Islands, which we write about on page 56, and I’d like to think that I’m familiar with every lovely remote island in the world. So it was fun to read about these, and they’ve been added to the top of the list of places I’d like to escape to.

If you’ve heard of these ­islands — or, better yet, been to these islands — we’d love to hear from you. Were they great? Where were your favorite places to eat and to stay? You can share your knowledge with us just like we share ours with you; simply write to us at editor@american waymag.com.

Another great story in this issue highlights how it pays to delegate. I think many of us know that, in theory, delegating has a lot of positive benefits, but I think there are fewer of us who are actually good at doing it — or good at delegating the right things in the right way. So even though you may think you know everything there is to know on this topic, you should still read our story. I’m betting that you’ll learn a couple of things.

Don’t forget about our UpFront and DownLow sections. They are full of quick, easy-to-read bits of information about everything from giant telescopes, food festivals, and a new kind of golf game to a great book series that’s never been published in the United States and an actor who just might be the next Sean Penn.

So take it easy and enjoy the information we’ve provided for you on this flight. And, of course, if you don’t have time to enjoy all there is to offer in this issue (including the puzzles and the Mensa quiz!) while you’re onboard, please take it with you.

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Sherri Gulczynski Burns