A taste for travel? Finnair to sell plane food in shops

HELSINKI (AP) — Finnish carrier Finnair will start selling business class airplane food in supermarkets in a move to keep its catering staff employed and to offer a taste of the airline experience to those missing flying in the COVID-19 times.

The state-controlled airline said that in a pilot scheme the handmade meals, called “Taste of Finnair”, would initially be offered at one store as of Thursday.

The ready-made dishes include options like reindeer meatballs, Arctic char and Japanese-style teriyaki beef and are suited for Nordic and Asian palates and would cost about 10 euros ($12), Finnair Kitchen said. Finnair is one of the main airlines flying between Europe and Asia.

The move comes are airlines around the world try to employ their idled resources during the pandemic and tap into people’s desire to fly when most planes are grounded. Some are offering simulated flights, fake trips where the aircraft

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Best travel credit cards for October 2020

While the coronavirus pandemic may have you grounded right now, when you get back to hitting the road or the skies, you’ll want to be equipped with the best credit card possible. Travel credit cards come with some of the highest travel reward rates available — each time you use one, the points you earn with your travel rewards card can be used towards a future (or sometimes a past) travel purchase. 

A travel rewards card also comes in handy for travel perks such as free TSA Precheck and Global Entry, priority boarding, exclusive hotel or rental car benefits and first-class upgrades for the frequent traveler.

Read more: Airline cards vs. travel credit cards: The pros and cons — and which one’s better for you

How to pick

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After Planning Retirement Around Travel, 3 Women on Being Grounded

For many Americans, retirement is the reward after decades of work—it’s a time for unwinding, personal projects, and, if you can, seeing the world. Often it’s the relatively few vacation days we get that make retirement the first opportunity for certain trips: a month spent in Greece, for example, or that multi-stop heritage trip. And for women, who still do the bulk of housework and childcare (often spending double the time men do on chores daily) finding the time to both travel and spend money on yourself is even rarer.

But what happens when, after years of planning, you finally retire and book those dream trips—only to have a pandemic hit, rendering travel impossible? We spoke to three women who have gone through just that. They tell us about staying home, where in the world they’d rather be right now, and how they’re finding hope in a retirement that looks

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All about QuaQua’s VR travel dome at Delhi Airport

If you are bored at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, hop into this planetarium-like dome to teleport to your next holiday

Instagram and Facebook can only go so far to satiate your ‘travel thirst’. If you happen to be in Terminal 3 near Gate 41 at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi, for yet another quarantine-related trip, you can take a spontaneous journey by stepping into a lime green dome in the terminal which will instantly transport you to a place of your choice for a fraction of the cost.

This is the latest VR project (which does not require a head-set) of QuaQua, a Hyderabad-based end-to-end virtual travel platform focussed on providing people with 360-degree experiences so they are more clear on a holiday destination.

Sandesh Reddy, co-founder of four-year-old QuaQua, says the optics and timings for this three-year installation are apt, but the ideation has been since pre-coronavirus times.

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How the region is responding to Singapore’s idea of air travel bubbles, SE Asia News & Top Stories

Singapore is looking to form air travel bubbles with countries and territories that have managed the Covid-19 pandemic well. While most of them have some form of arrangement for business and official travel, especially within their own borders, many are reluctant to open up for mass travel as nations battle a resurgence of the coronavirus. Straits Times correspondents Elizabeth Law, Katherine Wei, Jonathan Pearlman, Chang May Choon, Claire Huang, Tan Hui Yee, Walter Sim and Eileen Ng report on how the region has responded to Singapore’s proposal to form air travel bubbles.

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China is the first country with which Singapore established a reciprocal green lane arrangement – to facilitate essential business and official travel between both countries – in late May. While the world’s second-largest economy has gradually relaxed rules to allow certain business travellers and foreigners with residential permits back into the country, it has stopped short of

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U.S. Covid-Testing Plan Aims to Open New York-London Travel by Holidays

U.S. officials are aiming to open travel between New York City and London with shortened traveler quarantine periods as soon as the holidays, according to people familiar with the matter.

The growing availability of Covid-19 tests in the U.S. has prompted officials at the Transportation Department, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to revive efforts to establish safe travel corridors between the U.S. and international destinations, the people said. Establishing those routes would require travelers to be tested for Covid-19 before their flight and again upon arrival, allowing them to avoid lengthy quarantines at their destinations.

The Trump administration and foreign governments must both agree to the plan, according to one U.S. official familiar with the efforts. A Homeland Security official said the agency’s work to “safely encourage trans-Atlantic travel while mitigating public-health risks” was in its early stages.

Federal officials have recently focused their talks with their U.K.

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Japan to ease curbs on short-term business travel with Vietnam – Yomiuri

A woman rubs her hands with sanitizer at a check-in counter amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan and Vietnam will allow short-term business travel with each other as they aim to boost their economies following travel curbs to rein in the coronavirus, the Yomiuri daily said on Saturday.

The pact, which will take effect by the end of October at the earliest, follows similar steps to ease travel restrictions to Singapore and South Korea, the paper added.

The new deal exempts business travelers from the usual quarantine period of two weeks, on condition they comply with rules such as taking virus tests.

The two nations are considering a joint official announcement of the measures on a visit planned for mid-October by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to Vietnam, the paper Yomiuri said, without citing

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Your CARES Act Benefits Experts, Magellan Jets, Offers Tax Holiday Strategy Consulting on Private Jet Travel in 2021 & Beyond

Leading Private Aviation Solution Provider Advises Guests & Businesses on Utilizing the CARES Act Tax Exemption for Private Jet Travel

As we enter the final few months of 2020, your private aviation consultants at Magellan Jets are thrilled to provide their expertise on tax holiday benefits for individuals and organizations, so they can better understand the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and its impact on their private jet travel.

With companies across the country eager to get back to business again, the CARES Act incentivizes organizations to utilize the safety of private aviation by suspending certain excise taxes on private jet travel booked through December 31, 2020. The tax exemption also extends to any jet card or membership purchases made before the end of the year, even if they aren’t used to fly until 2021 or beyond.

In response to the tax holiday, Magellan Jets is

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Business Travel Demand Won’t Bounce Back In 2021, And Maybe Not For Years. That Will Be Devastating For Airlines.

Even if a vaccine for Covid-19 becomes widely available – and widely used – around the globe, and if the very onerous government restrictions on international travel largely disappear, airlines still will continue to struggle with extraordinarily weak demand for business travel through the end of 2021, and likely beyond.

And that could be devastating for already cash-depleted airlines that are guaranteed this year to report losses that, even for an industry with a long history of red ink, will be record-shattering.

The economic importance of business travel for all conventional airlines and even for most

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Cathay Pacific mulls smaller aircraft, business class cuts as Covid-19 crisis remoulds travel



a large passenger jet sitting on top of a runway: Cathay Pacific is undergoing a restructuring process to help see it through the aftermath of the pandemic. Photo: Roy Issa


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Cathay Pacific is undergoing a restructuring process to help see it through the aftermath of the pandemic. Photo: Roy Issa

Cathay Pacific Airways is weighing up if it needs smaller aircraft with fewer business class seats, as Covid-19 reshapes travel habits and the airline industry.

No immediate changes are on the horizon, according to CEO Augustus Tang Kin-wing, but discussions are ongoing over the company’s restructuring plan, which will set its course for years to come.

“What kind of aircraft is going to be a big aircraft or small? Do you need to have a large business class because people perhaps will be more concerned about personal space because of the pandemic or just the opposite?

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“These are the kind of questions we have to wrestle with,” Tang said in

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