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Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

News updates from HT: Covid vaccines to be administered 24x7, says Vardhan

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 03, 2021 04:53 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Australian regional airline Rex to launch more flights amid Covid-19(Twitter/THE_Russell)
Australian regional airline Rex to launch more flights amid Covid-19(Twitter/THE_Russell)

Australian regional airline Rex to launch more flights amid Covid-19

Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 28, 2021 07:01 PM IST
At a time when domestic air traffic remains low due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Australian regional airline, Rex, to challenge Qantas and Virgin on the country's big-city routes by launching more flights in competition
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Covid-19 has exacerbated inequities. People who have had the most capital have had access to better health care at a time when most public utilities have been overwhelmed. People in white collar jobs have been able to quarantine, isolate and earn while working from home, while others have lost pay and employment as their workplaces shut(AP)
Covid-19 has exacerbated inequities. People who have had the most capital have had access to better health care at a time when most public utilities have been overwhelmed. People in white collar jobs have been able to quarantine, isolate and earn while working from home, while others have lost pay and employment as their workplaces shut(AP)

Don’t create a world of immunity haves and have-nots

UPDATED ON DEC 02, 2020 01:09 PM IST
Governments and businesses must chart a path out of this pandemic that minimises inequities.
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Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said late Monday the Australian flag carrier would implement the measure once a coronavirus vaccine was made available to the public.(Bloomberg)
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce said late Monday the Australian flag carrier would implement the measure once a coronavirus vaccine was made available to the public.(Bloomberg)

Will being vaccinated be must for air travel?

By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Shivani Kumar | Sydney
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 03:14 AM IST
Vaccination entry requirements are already widely used around the world, with many countries demanding travellers show they have been inoculated against yellow fever if they are coming from regions where the disease is endemic.
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Health experts, however, warned that these flights may be an avoidable risk at a time when cases in India are still rising, and that only essential travel is recommended.(HT Photo)
Health experts, however, warned that these flights may be an avoidable risk at a time when cases in India are still rising, and that only essential travel is recommended.(HT Photo)

Air India may soon start ‘scenic joy flights’ to bank on wanderlust

By Anvit Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 11:38 AM IST
Airline officials familiar with the developments told HT that these “scenic joy flights” will be low-flying expeditions that give passengers an aerial tour of famous spots in India
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File image of Margaret Court(AP)
File image of Margaret Court(AP)

Tennis champion Margaret Court hits out at transgender athletes

By AFP | Melbourne
PUBLISHED ON DEC 30, 2019 11:56 AM IST
The 24-time Grand Slam singles winner, now a church pastor, drew fire in 2017 for saying she would avoid Qantas over the airline’s support for same-sex marriage, which is now law in Australia following a referendum.
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Rather than following the standard practice of serving food and dimming the lights after takeoff, Qantas plans to keep everyone awake for six hours.(Bloomberg image)
Rather than following the standard practice of serving food and dimming the lights after takeoff, Qantas plans to keep everyone awake for six hours.(Bloomberg image)

‘Bright lights, zesty food’: How world’s longest flight aims to beat jet lag

By Angus Whitley | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2019 08:28 AM IST
As part of research aimed at reducing jet lag, passengers on board will effectively switch to Sydney time as soon as they leave New York late Friday.
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Qantas on August 22 said it will run “ultra long-haul” test flights in the coming months from London and New York to Sydney. (Representational image)(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Qantas on August 22 said it will run “ultra long-haul” test flights in the coming months from London and New York to Sydney. (Representational image)(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Project sunrise: Qantas to test the world’s longest flight

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2019 05:45 PM IST
Qantas on August 22 said it will run “ultra long-haul” test flights in the coming months from London and New York to Sydney in order to assess the health of pilots and passengers, as it eyes commercial services on the marathon routes.
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Qantas on Thursday said it will run “ultra long-haul” test flights in the coming months from New York and London to Sydney in order to assess the health of pilots and passengers(Bloomberg)
Qantas on Thursday said it will run “ultra long-haul” test flights in the coming months from New York and London to Sydney in order to assess the health of pilots and passengers(Bloomberg)

Qantas to test 19-hour ‘ultra long-haul’ Sydney to New York, London flights

By Agence France-Presse | Sydney
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2019 09:02 AM IST
Three flights aboard Boeing 787-9 aircraft will take place from October, with up to 40 passengers and crew on the 19-hour flight.
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File image of Michael Slater(Getty Images)
File image of Michael Slater(Getty Images)

Former Australian opener Michael Slater kicked off plane: Report

By AFP | Sydney
PUBLISHED ON MAY 21, 2019 11:50 AM IST
Macquarie Sports Radio, citing eyewitnesses, said the row erupted between Slater and two women as they boarded a flight from Sydney to his hometown Wagga Wagga on Sunday.
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“I have already started some stuff like what type of planes I’ll need, flight numbers, catering and more,” reads the letter.(Twitter/@Qantas)
“I have already started some stuff like what type of planes I’ll need, flight numbers, catering and more,” reads the letter.(Twitter/@Qantas)

10-year-old writes adorable letter to Qantas CEO, gets the sweetest reply

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 11, 2019 08:33 PM IST
Both the letters are making people on the Internet smile.
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Shilpa Shetty Kundra is not the only Bollywood celeb, Priyanka Chopra was also a victim of racist attitude at an airport. (Instagram)
Shilpa Shetty Kundra is not the only Bollywood celeb, Priyanka Chopra was also a victim of racist attitude at an airport. (Instagram)

Shilpa Shetty alleges racism at Sydney airport, calls out Australian airline. Read her full post

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2018 04:41 PM IST
Shilpa Shetty Kundra lashed out at popular Australia airlines Qantas Airways in an Instagram post after experiencing alleged racial discrimination during a row over luggage.
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Qantas and the manufacturers are dreaming up cabin interiors geared toward surviving such marathon flights.(Shutterstock)
Qantas and the manufacturers are dreaming up cabin interiors geared toward surviving such marathon flights.(Shutterstock)

The 20-hour flight is on the way. And it might have a gym too

By Bloomberg | Bloomberg
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2018 02:48 PM IST
Project Sunrise, as Qantas calls it, involves configuring an aircraft so that it can fly about 300 passengers and their luggage further than any regular service to date, with fuel in hand for unexpected headwinds and emergencies.
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Australia cricketers confessed to ball tampering in a desperate plot hatched by the team's leaders as they saw the match slipping away vs South Africa.(AP)
Australia cricketers confessed to ball tampering in a desperate plot hatched by the team's leaders as they saw the match slipping away vs South Africa.(AP)

Sponsors ‘deeply concerned’ over Steve Smith-led Australian cheating scandal

By Agence France-Presse | Agence France-Presse, Sydney
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2018 10:59 PM IST
Australia captain Steve Smith admitted he hatched a plan to change the condition of the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday, throwing the game into turmoil.
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