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British Airways' suitable case for charity

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British Airways' suitable case for charity

British Airways has partnered with luxury travel brand Globe-Trotter to launch a new range of limited-edition carry-on suitcases containing a piece of one of the airline’s retired Boeing 747 aircraft.

The hand-made luggage range is inspired by the airline’s retro-liveried BOAC Boeing 747, and comes in one colour - pearlescent white - with the golden Speedbird emblem on the front.

To officially launch the range, two of the suitcases are being auctioned via online auction platform ‘bid_in’ to raise funds for Flying Start, British Airways’ global charity partnership with Comic Relief.

Tee off in Thailand: Here’s your chance

Thailand is tempting golfers with golf quarantine packages across six of the country’s top golf resorts.

The government-certified resorts comprise three in Kanchanaburi: Mida Golf Club, Evergreen Hills Golf Club and Blue Star Golf Course, and one each in Nakhon Nayok: Artitaya Golf & Resort; Phetchaburi: Sawang Resort and Golf Club, and Chiang Mai: Artitaya Chiang Mai Golf & Resort.

Six golf resorts in Thailand will welcome guests under special quarantine conditions. Getty Images/Wand_Prapan
Six golf resorts in Thailand will welcome guests under special quarantine conditions. Getty Images/Wand_Prapan

Foreign golfers wishing to visit Thailand will be allowed to spend their two-week quarantine period at any of the six certified golf resorts and move around in the resort environment and also play golf. They will not be required to isolate in their rooms.

On arrival in Thailand, golfers will need to show a Single-Entry Tourist Visa (TR) or a Special Tourist Visa (STV); medical and travel insurance; and a Certificate of Entry.

Travel association calls for testing trade-off

The United States Travel Association has responded to this week’s order by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention requiring airline passengers to produce a negative Covid-19 test before boarding an international flight to the US.

The association said while it supported the tests, it should lead to the lifting of international inbound travel restrictions and post-arrival quarantine requirements.

“With an international testing requirement in place, international visitors and returning residents would be tested at much higher rates than the general public and pose a much lower risk of transmitting the disease,” the lobby group said..

Coffee, tea or a vaccination?

Crew members working for UK budget airline Easyjet are set to help the country’s efforts to halt the rapid spread of Covid-19.

Cabin crew are being recruited and fast-tracked to support the UK’s National Health Service as part of the nationwide effort to distribute the coronavirus vaccine.

With over 3,000 crew who are first aid trained, security cleared and based up and down the UK – many of whom have been furloughed – Easyjet says those who apply will be fast-tracked to become trained coronavirus vaccinators.

[CAPTION] British Airways crew shows off the airline’s exclusive luggage range

Capacity Down Under coming up for air

Global airline capacity stands at just 50% of the same week last year, according to air travel intelligence company OAG, but – let’s not get too downhearted – it’s not all gloomy news.

China remains the one market where capacity is close to historic levels although the mix of that capacity has changed dramatically; this time last year international capacity was around 12% of all seats offered; in the second week of January, it was just one percent.

OAG warns, however, that another spike of Covid-19 infections in China could see domestic capacity fall and travel restrictions put in place prior to Chinese New Year.

Australia is one bright spot with some additional 50,000 seats, week on week, taking the country to around 46% of its normal levels.

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