Evacuation Flight: South African Airways Crew Take COVID-19 Test

South African Airways has thanked the airline’s crew for successfully flying the chartered aircraft which repatriated citizens from Wuhan, where the coronavirus originated. The crew and 112 South Africans were cleared to return to their families on Sunday after testing negative for the coronavirus in a second round of tests since their arrival from Wuhan, China. Following a 14 day quarantine period, none of the repatriated South Africans have tested positive for COVID-19 including the crew that operated the repatriation flight. By agreeing to operate the evacuation, the crew exemplified the spirit of Ubuntu and Thuma Mina, whose ethos is that the greatest responsibility for man is humility,

Information Theft: Marriott Moves to Protect Guests

Marriott International today, began notifying some of its guests of an incident involving a property system involving illegal access to guests’ information. The notice explains what occurred, the information involved, the measures taken by Marriott to investigate and address the issue, how Marriott is assisting guests, and steps guests can consider taking. At the end of February 2020, Marriott identified that an unexpected amount of guest information may have been accessed using the login credentials of two employees at a franchise property. The company believes that this activity started in mid-January 2020. Upon discovery, Marriott disabled the login details and immediately began an invest

COVID-19 Pandemic: KARIBU-KILIFAIR Gets New Dates

Due to the on-going global COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers of the KARIBU-KILIFAIR have postponed the event to September 4th – 6th, 2020. The East Africa’s foremost travel and tourism event had been scheduled to take place from 5 - 7 June, 2020 at Friedkin Recreation Centre in Arusha, Tanzania. The postponement is in the interest of all stakeholders and will help the organizers to re-strategize and get ready with a well-prepared networking platform in September. KARIBU-KILIFAIR is the latest travel and tourism event to suffer from the COVID-19 outbreak which has been ravaging the world since December, 2019. Other major international events have been postponed including ITB Berlin, Aviation

COVID-19: Delta Offers Free Flights to Medical Volunteers

Delta is supporting medical professionals on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis by offering free flights to certain regions of the U.S. that have been significantly impacted. Eligible medical volunteers will be able to book round-trip Delta flights free of charge to Georgia, Louisiana and Michigan, where they will work in coordination with the state and local government offices to be deployed to hospitals in areas hardest hit by the virus. Delta will also look at the possibility of expanding this program to other regions in need, including California, New York, and Washington. Medical volunteers interested in this program should contact the state offices below to determine their eligibil

Qatar Airways Privilege Club Extends Members' Tier Status

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways’ loyalty programme, Privilege Club, is extending or reinstating members's tier status for 12 months, due to expire before 31 January 2021. Under the extension, members can retain their current tier benefits such as upgrades, Shop & Pay with Qmiles, extra baggage, lounge access, and more, for 12 months. Qatar Airways’ Privilege Club recently announced a tier extension offer of up to six months to its members, but has doubled this to one year in recognition that its members continue to be impacted by travel restrictions and flight reductions resulting from COVID-19 (coronavirus). Additionally, Gold and Platinum members can now enjoy their Qcredits

COVID-19: Lufthansa and Eurowings Bring Social Distancing Onboard

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, Lufthansa and Eurowings have brought social distancing onboard to mitigate against the spread of the deadly virus. The measure which is taken to ensure physical distance between passengers onboard during their journey, took effect from 27 March 2020. It will apply until 19 April 2020. On flights operated by both airlines, neighbouring seats in Economy and Premium Economy classes are now blocked and remain free on all flights from Germany. This also applies to flights within Germany. This regulation does not apply on flights to Germany, because the airlines top priority remains returning as many people as possible to their home country. In addition, hencefor

COVID-19: Qatar Airways Expands Flights to Australia

Qatar Airways is expanding operations to Australia to help get people home who are stranded following travel bans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From 29 March, Qatar Airways will add an extra 48,000 seats to the market to help stranded passengers get home. The airline will operate the following flights: Daily Service to Brisbane (Boeing 777-300ER) Double daily service to Perth (Airbus A380 and Boeing 777-300ER) Double daily service to Melbourne (Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300ER) Triple daily service to Sydney (Airbus A350-1000 and Boeing 777-300ER) #QatarAirways #Boeing777 #A380 #A350 #COVID19 #Coronavirus

Ethiopian Airlines Extends Solidarity to Africans Amidst COVID-19 Crisis

Ethiopian Airlines, the Pan-African carrier, has delivered medical supplies donated by Jack Ma, the founder of China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba, to 39 African Countries within 5 days. Ethiopian Airlines has transported Jack Ma’s support medical supplies including testing kits, masks and protective suits donated to help the fight against the spread of COVID-19 virus. Following its historical track record of serving Africa in both good and bad times, Ethiopian has once again demonstrated a great gesture of solidarity to the African people. Launched by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Dr. Abiy Ahmed and Alibaba Foundation, the relief initiative is part of the actions taken towards implementing Africa

Coronavirus Pandemic: How Hilton is Weathering the Storm

Undoubtedly, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has created unprecedented challenges for the global hospitality industry, including hotels’ team members. Hilton Hotels is taking decisive action to protect the core of its business and support affected Team Members until this crisis passes and travel resumes. With travel at a virtual standstill, operations have been suspended across many managed and franchised hotels, while those hotels that remain open have reduced services for guests because of decreased occupancy levels. At the corporate level, Hilton is taking the following actions to significantly reduce expenses and preserve liquidity while re-positioning to welcome guests back: President

Con Te Partiro: Emirates Crews Bid Farewell to Last Flights

In an emotion-laden gesture, Emirates ground crews around the world have bid farewell to their last operating flights back to Dubai following the suspension of flights due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. EK 005 to London Heathrow, which departed at 1605hrs on 24 March was the last flight to take off from Dubai. EK 262 from Sao Paulo, which landed at 2235hrs (local time) was the last flight to arrive on 25 March into Dubai. Emirates’ outstation airport teams from 39 stations including Prague, Newark, Seoul, London Stansted and Zurich devotedly sent of their last passenger flights before the suspension took effect. Emirates has temporarily suspended all passenger flights from 25 March 2020.

Bowing Out: South African Airways' Acting CEO 'Resigns'

South African Airways' Acting CEO, Ms Zuks Ramasia, has 'resigned' from her role, after her request for early retirement was approved by the airline’s Board of Directors. This is coming less than one year after taking up the chief executive job. Her early retirement will take effect on 14 April, 2020. Ms Zuks Ramasia was appointed the Acting CEO of South African Airways in June, 2019 following the resignation of Vuyani Jarana. She's the 3rd South African Airways CEO to leave in 5 years. Interestingly, Ms Ramasia started as a Flight Attendant in 1992, and rose to the ranks of Senior Cabin Crew Member, then Safety and Emergency Procedures Trainer, before taking up her first management position

COVID-19: 6 Ways to Stay Well at Home With Six Senses

In-house experts and wellness board at Six Senses have reached out to guests who can’t travel to resorts and spas to help them stay well through these uncertain times of COVID-19 pandemic. Videos, tutorials, articles and advice to support the pillars of Mindfulness, Eat, Sleep, Move, Live Naturally and Connect will be shared via Six Senses corporate and resort social media channels, newsletters and sixsenses.com At Home With Six Senses offers proactive and pragmatic ways for people to care for themselves and people they love in a range of formats. The aim is to remain solution-oriented and support their resilience and physical and mental well-being. The content is available to everyone, whe

Radisson Hotel Group Set to Open First Beach Resort in Dubai

Radisson Hotel Group has signed the Radisson Resort Dubai Palm Jumeirah, its first beach resort in Dubai and third Radisson hotel in the United Arab Emirates. Home to some of Dubai's top resorts, the Palm Jumeirah is built from reclaimed land in a series of artificial archipelagos and shaped like a palm tree when viewed from above. Located on the Jumeirah shoreline, and 30-minute drive from Dubai International airport, Radisson’s latest resort is perfect for both leisure and business travelers and is ideally located, providing travelers with easy access to the city and Dubai Media City. Inside the hotel’s 389 upscale rooms and suites, guests will discover the renowned hospitality and modern

Etihad Airways to Suspend all Services to the United Arab Emirates

Etihad Airways will temporarily suspend all flights to and from the United Arab Emirates following the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to suspend flights in the UAE. This decision has been made to limit the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus and to protect citizens, residents, and international travellers. The suspension of flights to and from Abu Dhabi International Airport will commence at 23:59 (UAE local time) on Wednesday 25 March, and will last for an initial 14 days, subject to further directives by the relevant authorities. However, cargo and emergency evacuation flights are exempt and will continue to operate. #EtihadAirways #COVID19 #Coronavirus

COVID-19: KLM Starts Summer Schedule with 57 Destinations

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, KLM will start the summer schedule with only 57 destinations, reflecting a significantly reduced network. From 29 March, 2020 until and including 3 May, 2020, KLM plans to fly to only 25 intercontinental and 32 European destinations. During this period, KLM will fly according to an adjusted schedule, which amounts to about 10 percent of the normal number of flights. The intercontinental network will be operated with Boeing 777s and Boeing 787s as the Boeing 747s will be taken out of the fleet earlier than planned. The following destinations will be offered from 29 March to 3 May (subject to changes): Atlanta, Abu Dhabi/Muscat, Bangkok, Curacao, Delhi,

Boeing Temporary Suspends Production of Wide-body Aircraft

Boeing will temporary suspend production operations at its Puget Sound area facilities where its wide-body aircraft including 777s, 787s, 767s and 747s, are manufactured. The suspension is in response to the accelerating spread of the coronavirus in the region, and will take effect from Wednesday, 25 March, 2020. It is expected to last for 14 days. The suspension is to ensure the well-being of its employees, their families and the local community, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with the requirements of its customers. During the shutdown, Boeing will continue to monitor government guidance and actions on COVID-19 and its associated impacts on all company operations. Boeing wi

South African Airways Cancels International and Regional Operations

South African Airways (SAA) has, with immediate effect, suspended all international and regional operations until 31 May 2020 in response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak. International flights include those to Washington DC and New York, JFK, London, Heathrow, Frankfurt and Munich as well as Perth and São Paulo. All of which are now cancelled. Regional flights include those to Accra, Lusaka, Harare, Victoria Falls, Windhoek, Lagos, Entebbe, Livingstone, Blantyre & Lilongwe, Nairobi, Kinshasa, Dar es Salaam and Maputo. South African Airways, will however, continue to operate on its domestic routes. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and attendant travel restrictions, resulted in substantia

COVID-19: RwandAir Suspends Commercial Passenger Flights

RwandAir has taken further measures to help the global fight against COVID-19 coronavirus and as it temporarily suspends its commercial passenger flights. The measures will apply for a period of 30 days, beginning at 23.59 on Friday 20 March 2020, and affect all scheduled RwandAir flights departing from and arriving in Rwanda. Customers holding tickets with RwandAir, for flights between 21 March and 20 April, have several future travel options including rebooking with the airline to fly at a later date. All change fees will be waived, giving customers more flexibility to delay their travel. #RwandAir #COVID19 #Coronavirus

Lufthansa Extends Free Rebooking Period, Offers €50 Discount

In view of the circumstances caused by the spread of the coronavirus, Lufthansa Group Airlines Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Air Dolomiti are meeting their customers' needs even more closely. As already announced on 13 March, customers who have tickets for cancelled and existing Lufthansa Group flights can keep these tickets without having to commit to a new flight date straight away. Existing bookings will initially be cancelled, but the ticket and ticket value will remain unchanged and can be extended to a new departure date up to and including 31 December 2020. Customers can also rebook to another destination. Previously, customers were asked to notify the air

Kenya Airways Reviews Network: See The Affected Routes Here

Kenya Airways has reviewed its network due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus. The airline has rescheduled some of its flights to comply with directives issued by the different countries across its network. See the full adjustments below. 1. Nairobi - London: Suspended 2 weekly flights (Tue and Thu.) effective 19 March 2020 to 16 April 2020. Flights on Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat continue uninterrupted. 2. Nairobi - Paris: Suspended 2 weekly flights (Monday and Wednesday) effective 25 March 2020 to 16 April 2020. Flights on Sun, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat continue uninterrupted. 3. Nairobi - Bangkok: Suspended effective 19 March 2020 to 30 April 2020 4. Nairobi - Djibouti: Suspended effective 17 March

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