Qantas sells “flights to nowhere” for those who are missing the excitement of air travel

Performed by: Qantas

Country: Australia

In September 2020, Qantas’ airlines launched the “Great Southern Land”, a special panoramic flight, which takes off and lands in the same city, for those who miss air travel.

The seven-hour flight is scheduled to depart on October 10, 2020 from Sydney and will return to the same city. The route will include low-altitude flights to Australia’s famous tourist destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Byron Bay and the iconic Sydney Bay.

According to the company, tickets for the flight sold out in less than 10 minutes.


Emirates pays for medical expenses for passengers that catch Covid-19 during the flight

Performed by: Emirates

Country: United Arab Emirates

In July 2020, Emirates declared that its customers will be able to travel with confidence, as the airline will cover medical expenses of up to 150,000 Euros, in addition to quarantine costs of up to 100 Euros per day, for 14 days, if a passenger is diagnosed with Covid-19 during the period of travel.

The coverage, which is being provided by the airline at no cost to its customers, regardless of class of travel or destination, aims to encourage passengers to return during the pandemic.

According to the company, the coverage insures customers flying Emirates by October 31, 2020 (with the first flight to be completed on or before that date) and is valid for 31 days from the time they fly on the first leg of the trip.


Milan announces plan to encourage cycling and walking after end of confinement

Performed by: Milan Government

Country: Italy

Milan’s administration announced city plan ‘Strade Aperte’ (Open Street, translated literally) for mobility and the use of public space in post lockdown caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The city announced that 35 km of its streets will be transformed during the European summer to encourage travel on foot, by bicycle and scooter to optimize the use of public space. Among the measures provided for in the plan are the creation of new cycle paths, an increase in the number of roads with moderate speed and the expansion of pedestrian paths through the increase of sidewalks. I

n addition, the plan also seeks to facilitate the possibility of placing tables for bars and restaurants in external public areas, in order to recover part of the capacity lost inside the establishments due to the spacing restrictions.


BlaBlaCar launches app that allows users to assist neighbors in shopping during quarantine

Performed by: Blablacar

Country: Global

In April 2020, the free ride platform BlaBlaCar announced the launch of BlaBlaHelp, a new app that aims to help people make purchases during a pandemic. Users can register to volunteer to make purchases in pharmacies and supermarkets while people vulnerable to the virus, such as the elderly and those with diseases, can find reliable profiles to help them.

The platform is the result of an internal hackaton promoted by the company in order to find solutions to the Covid-19 crisis.


To reduce the risk of Covid-19 contagious among the elderly and healthcare professionals, Hyundai offers free rides

Performed by: Hyundai

Country: Brazil

In March 2020, Hyundai in Florianópolis – Brazil started offering free rides to health professionals and people over 60 with the “Transporte Solidário” (Solidarity Transport, translated literally) program. In the program, test drive cars stopped due to the closing of stores are used for mobility. The measure seeks to prevent the most vulnerable population with a high risk of exposure to the virus from using public transport, a place of high risk of contamination due to the difficulty of maintaining the distance between passengers and limited ventilation of the space.
In April, the company announced the extension of the program to other cities in Brazil.


Laid off staff from airline company SAS give support to the Swedish healthcare system

Performed by: Scandinavian Airlines -SAS

Country: Sweden

In March 2020, Swedish airline Scandinavian Airlines – SAS announced the temporary layoff of more than 10,000 employees due to a coronavirus pandemic. However, the company is relocating these employees to work with Sweden’s healthcare system. Through a partnership with Ambea, a proven healthcare leader in Scandinavian countries, employees who want to help, will receive rapid training as healthcare professionals. The course will be free for attendees, who will be trained in providing information to patients and their families, sterilising equipment, and basic administrative duties.

GOL makes airline tickets available free of charge to doctors and other health professionals

Performed by: GOL

Country: Brazil

Brazilian airline company GOL has announced that since March 23, 2020, it has been offering airline tickets free of charge to doctors and other health professionals, who need to travel around Brazil to provide care to patients suffering from the coronavirus.

To participate, any health professional can show up at GOL stores, located at airports, up to two hours before flights to get, with no cost in fares and paying only the boarding fee, a ticket to the requested location.

In addition, the company’s miles program, Smiles, will provide 1,000 bonus miles for each segment flown by healthcare professionals.