Coronavirus outbreak, situation update worldwide

Countries affected from coronavirus

An ongoing community transmission of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been reported globally. Coronavirus pandemic 2019-2020 first detected in Wuhan, Hubei, China. Main WHO regions where COVID-19 cases are confirmed include Africa (Algeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Sudan), Americas (United states, Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Argentina), Eastern Mediterranean (Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates), Europe (Denmark, Austria, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Norway, Russia, Spain, Turkey, United kingdom), South-East Asia (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand) and Western pacific (Australia, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore)   As of 21 March 2020, a total of 275,469 cases were confirmed with 175,806 active cases and 11,402 deaths in 157 countries and territories including five cruise ships.

Guidelines for Airlines

Ensuring business continuity at all levels is an essential part of crisis management.  In this particular case the continuity of health-related activities is directly linked with the continuity of transport activities as this has a direct impact on the availability of required medication, protective equipment and medical experts. Civil aviation communities must follow the information and guidelines provided by WHO.

1: Temperature screening

Cabin attendants should be equipped with calibrated non-contact infrared thermometer to detect the passenger who has a fever.

2: Infection Control Measures for Crewmembers

  • Aircraft operators performing passenger flights to or from the affected areas should be equipped with one or more Universal Precaution Kits.
  • Cabin attendants should wear surgical mask with low exposure risk and medical protective masks (or N95 masks) with higher epidemic risks (e.g. passengers on board from areas like Hubei province).
  • Alcohol wet wipes are recommended for hand disinfection. After disposing of the waste, cabin attendants should wash hands with soap and water before disinfection.
  • Aircraft operators performing passenger flights to or from the affected areas should be equipped with one or more Universal Precaution Kits should be equipped with one or more Universal Precaution Kits.
  • When contacting with passengers, cabin attendants should wear disposable rubber or nitrile gloves.
  • Cabin attendants should wear medical protective masks and replace masks with new one when masks are contaminated.
  • When contacting ill passengers, suspected or confirmed patients, cabin attendants should wear protective goggles and disposable protective clothing.

3: Aircraft cleaning and disinfection

  • Wet cleaning of aircraft should be done before disinfection which is known as preventive, concurrent and terminal disinfection.
  • Different types of cleaning (flight deck, cabin, galley, la should be done in accordance to the ground parking time. If time is less, then lavatory and galley should be cleaned as a priority.
  • Aircraft post-flight preventive disinfection should be done.

     4: Quarantine Management for Crewmembers

  • In the case of any crewmember having specific symptoms (such as fever, fatigue and dry cough) and exposure event, all crewmembers who have been assigned in the same flights within the last 14 days should be quarantined.
  • Crewmembers should be quarantined after carriage of confirmed, suspected or asymptomatic patients within the last 14 days.
  • The quarantined crewmember should be released after 14 days without above symptoms.

Advice for coronavirus: Everything you need to know Before Travel

What is Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from common cold to more severe diseases.  A novel coronavirus is a new strain which is not previously identified in human. It is discovered that coronaviruses are transmitted between animals and human being. The most commonly recently discovered coronavirus cause coronavirus disease called as COVID-19. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak started in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

CDC’s recommendation

Center for disease control and prevention (CDC) has established geographic risk assessment stratification according to which travelers should avoid non-essential travel to China, Iran and most of Europe.

Precautionary measures for travelers

The outbreak of COVID-19 continuous to evolve so, travelers must do few things  to help protect themselves from the exposure of this new virus.

Know the symptoms

Travelers must know the signs and symptoms of coronavirus in order to protect themselves. Symptoms can appear in 2 to 14 days after being exposed to virus. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are tiredness, fever and dry cough. Some people may have runny nose, aches, diarrhea, sore throat and nasal congestion. About 80% people recover from the disease without any special treatment. Only 1 out of every 6 people who gets disease becomes seriously ill. Older people, and those having medical problems are more likely to develop serious illness.

Regular monitoring of travel advisories

Travelers must carefully follow guidance from the World health organization (WHO) and CDC and monitor evidence-guidance. They must be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.

Use facemasks

 Use facemasks for personal protection even If you are fit and well, with no symptoms, wearing facemasks as a general prevention measure is helpful in order to minimize the risk of transmission. Your mask should cover mouth and nose and avoid touching your mask once it’s on.

Immediately discard single use mask after each use and wash your hands after removing it.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands often with soap and running water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contain at least 60% alcohol.

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  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from a fever and cough.
  • Cover your cough using a tissue paper instead of your hand.

Monitor your health

Monitor your health conditions before and during travel on plane. Avoid travel if you have a fever and cough. If you have a fever cough or difficulty in breathing while travelling inform crew and seek medical care early. If you seek medical attention share your travel history with your health care provider.

Take hygienic food

According to WHO travelers should eat only well-cooked food. They should sanitize their hands before eating anything.

Don’t panic

while it’s understandable that people get nervous, Dr. Katz said, “It is something to be concerned about and pay attention to and take personal precautions, but at the moment to not panic.”

International Tickets Are the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen!

In response to the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, every airline is taking extra steps that go above and beyond regulatory requirements to ensure that passengers health and comfort remains their number one priority.

Airlines have implemented fee waivers for all passengers
Travelers are taking a second look at their travel plans right now, and airlines want them to have flexibility when planning their next trip – that’s why when they book a flight with most of the airlines between March 11th and May 1st, 2020 they can change it for free over the next 12 months. Airlines have reduced number of flights to minimize the impact to passengers. 

International Tickets Are the Cheapest We’ve Ever Seen!
Lower demand for travel and thousands of cancellations over uncertainties about the COVID-19 are leading to airfare bargains specially in business and first class. Savvy travelers can take advantage of these bargain fares for travel all over the world with no risk of loosing their money because airlines are offering unlimited changes and waivers without any penalty to travelers who are booking tickets from now till May, 2020.

Emirates announced reinstatement of two weekly services to Orlando (MCO)

Due to strong demand, emirates increased the capacity on Orlando route for the following travel periods:

July 4th 2017 – September 30th 2017

December 1st 2017 – January 31st 2018

The increase in capacity is due to the reinstatement of the TUE/THU services during these months above and therefore MCO-DXB will be a daily service again with the following schedule:

EK220   04Jul17-28Sep17                MCO dep 1405  DXB arr 1215+1

EK219   04Jul17-28Sep17                DXB dep 0250   MCO arr 1025

EK220   05Dec17-30Jan18                 MCO dep 1330  DXB arr 1220+1     

EK219   05Dec17-30Jan18                 DXB dep 0250   MCO arr 0955   

The route will be served by a US-built Boeing  777-300ER offering 354 seats in a three-class configuration, with eight luxurious private suites in First Class, 42 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class.


This is how you should sleep on a plane to avoid a bad back, stiff neck or swollen legs


You don,t have to leave a flight with a stiff neck and swollen feet. There are several ways to keep good posture on a plane. Most important things to know are where to put your head, how to keep your blood circulating and the best ways to support your back.

While it’s important to put smaller bags under the seat in front to save space in the overhead cabins. It’s also very important to keep a decent amount of leg room. Make sure to leave some room around your feet for stretching out and to keep the circulation flowing in your legs.

You have to keep your joints supple and circulation moving. A good way to keep your joints supple and circulation moving is to take a loo break. This short walk to and from the toilet will do wonders for your body.

Plane seats are tailored to support your back. Make use of the curves in the chair and allow it to support your lower back, instead of sitting forward.

Make use of inflatable pillow so you can get to sleep by using them differently to the traditional way. You can either use the inflatable pillow for back support at the bottom of the spine, or by putting the tray table down and placing the pillow on top, in order to rest your head. Put the pillow on the tray if you are planning on using a laptop, so you aren’t looking down at the screen



Etihad Will Offer Free iPads and Wi-Fi on Flights Affected by Electronics Ban

Etihad Airways will offer loaner iPads and free Wi-Fi connectivity to first- and business-class flyers on flights effected by banned laptops and tablets on some direct flights to the U.S.

Etihad’s routes from its Abu Dhabi hub to the U.S. cities of New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. are affected by the ban. Etihad isn’t included in the similar ban instituted by UK authorities.

An Etihad spokesperson said that the iPads and free Wi-Fi will be available to first- and business-class guests on April 2.

“To help guests keep in touch with work, friends and family, we are offering First & Business Class guests free WiFi and iPads on all our US-bound flights, beginning Sunday, April 2nd.

Etihad said in an email to Business Insider.

“Wi-Fi vouchers will be distributed by our cabin crew on board, providing free Wi-Fi for the duration of the flight. In addition, we’ll have iPads available for those that need them. Power and USB sockets at every seat will help keep devices charged.”

The announcement will apply to the passengers flying from Abu Dhabi to the handful of US destination served by the airline — including New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Economy class passengers will not be included in the program.

Etihad’s loaner iPad program is the latest attempt by one of the nine airlines affected by the US government’s laptop ban to offer passengers an alternative means of internet access.

Earlier this week, Turkish Airlines announced on Twitter that passengers who turn in their laptops and tablets at boarding will receive free WiFi on board.

Last week, Emirates implemented a laptop handling program that allows passengers getting on US-bound flights to have access to their laptop until boarding. The Dubai-based carrier has also hinted that it may offer loaner laptops.

Homeland Security Bans Large Electronics From Airline Cabins On Some Flights

Passengers on flights to the United States from eight countries in the Middle East and Africa will not be allowed to bring any electronic devices bigger than a smartphone on board because of new security restrictions from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) notified a number of international carriers flying those routes that starting March 21st 2017, passengers will have to check iPads, Kindles, laptops and other devices before going through security or boarding because of safety concerns.

Nine carriers are being impacted by the new rule—Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines.

No U.S. airline will be affected as none flies nonstop from the 10 cities included—Cairo, Egypt; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; Istanbul, Turkey; Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia—to the United States.

Both Royal Jordanian Airlines and Saudi Airlines confirmed the changes on Twitter on Tuesday morning. Royal Jordanian said that its flight To Montreal, which continues through Detroit, would also be affected.

UK Government has also implemented new security requirements for cabin baggage on direct flights from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Tunisia to the UK.





Cathay Pacific announced four additional non-stop flights between San Francisco and Hong Kong, using the new Airbus A350-900, featuring a refreshed Business Class cabin. This will be the airline’s first A350 deployed in the USA and second in North America. At the same time, flights to Los Angeles will be reduced from 28 to 21 per week. These changes come on top of previously announced additional services that will operate to Vancouver and Boston from late March.

Cathay Pacific Senior Vice President, Americas, Philippe Lacamp, said, “San Francisco is ready for a third daily Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong, and we are delighted to meet this growing customer demand. We are particularly pleased to be able to use this additional service to operate our new, state-of-the-art Airbus A350 aircraft, the first operated by Cathay Pacific in the USA. Since launching our first non-stop service from SFO to Hong Kong over 30 years ago, the San Francisco Bay Area has been a key market in our global network. San Francisco is an ideal market to debut our newest aircraft, the A350. Not only is it the quietest among the aircraft types in its class, but it is also 25% more fuel efficient with a corresponding reduction in emissions. The A350 has also provided an opportunity for Cathay Pacific to prove itself again as a leader in airline eco-innovation. The cabin carpets and passengers’ blankets are made from recycled plastic and nylon, including plastic bottles and salvaged fishing nets that are otherwise a hazard for marine life.”

Cathay Pacific’s new A350-900 have some really good features. Design of the cabin features has been carefully considered to give passengers the best sleeping experience, the best entertainment, and to offer them more control over how they want to use the space. Aircraft offers more space and comfort, a quiet cabin, panoramic windows and LED mood lighting, contributing to a more comfortable and relaxing journey in all cabin classes.

The A350-900 Business Class seats are build on the success of the airline’s award-winning long-haul Business Class product. On side of fully-flat bed, new features includes extra stowage space within easy reach and the personal service offered by a “Do Not Disturb” and “Wake-up Call” function in the entertainment system.

Start Date: from Winter 2017

Some of 2016’s Must Visit Travel Destinations


We all have that favorite vacation spot we like to retreat to for some r&r, but is your favorite place in the world on the list of the world’s top travel destinations? Here at Sunline Travel, we receive many requests for first and business class air tickets to some of 2016’s most popular destinations such as the four below…

The gorgeous, tropical island country of Sri Lanka is pleasantly uncrowded and offers vacationers a luxurious stay, especially in its cosmopolitan, coastal capital, Colombo. On the southwestern part of the island in Galle, the newly-opened, designer hotel, Tri Lanka is equally as luxurious. Sri Lanka has the most amazing ruins and miles of beautiful beach to explore.

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Secluded and Luxurious Hotel Tri Lanka

Secluded and Luxurious Hotel Tri Lanka

There is nothing quite like an African safari and Tanzania is definitely the place to go if you feel this way inclined. A visit to the Serengeti National Park is a once in a lifetime experience. In addition, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Arusha are also just on your doorstep when visiting Tanzania.

Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Crater

Japan has just made it easier for vacationers due to the fact that a direct bullet train now links Tokyo with Hokkaido (the northernmost of its islands and considered to be Japan’s natural masterpiece). If you go to Hokkaido in the summer, you can camp, hike or go climbing while admiring the beautiful lakes, hot springs, mountains and forests. Winter isn’t bad, either with the Niseko resort offering the most amazing skiing.

South Africa’s “mother city”, Cape Town with its iconic Table Mountain, wine farms, botanical gardens and sunny, sweeping beaches is another popular favorite, especially since tourists get the opportunity to visit Robben Island by boat and see the famous cell in which inspirational, Nelson Mandela was held for 27 years.

Robben Island, South Africa

Robben Island, South Africa


9 Quick No’s During a Flight


What to wear? The rules of fashion are bit different in-flight than the ground. When flying up to 35,000 feet in the air in a metal fish (planes always remind me of big fish), choose comfort over the fashion.  Of course, you cannot look shabby. Dress well but make sure that you do not opt for clothing which might cause discomfort during the flight. Look like a traveler that you are rather than a fashion faux pas in distress.

These 9 No’s you certainly  should not want to wear during a flight;

Unbreathable Fabric :

Avoid fabric which do not let air pass through them. Like leather, nylon or rubber material. They do not let air circulate and keep sweat from evaporating.

You will certainly feel not too fashionable all hot and sweaty in your synthetic clothes now will you?

Sleek Stilettos and High Heels:

Air ports are busy places. People sprint rather than walk. Though this point is obvious still I see some women teetering in high heels. Comfy shoes make brisk walking easy at the airport.

Packing pointer – wearing your sneakers may save you up some packing space and weight as well.

Constricting Clothing:

Avoid tight clothing especially. Deep Vein Thrombosis causes dangerous blood clots in veins which is fatal. Long periods of sitting increase the risk of DVT as well as tight clothes. Be it your socks or undergarments even. Avoid them if they leave marks.


The plane air is dry. Occasionally, humidity is 1% even. Contacts can cause discomfort because of the dry cabin air. Your eyes can dry up so keep a pair of glasses to change into in such a case. Also don’t forget to bring moisturizing eye drops.

Dress Codes:

Airlines do have dress codes. Dress inappropriately always. If you cannot wear it to a family dinner you probably should not wear it on a flight where personal spaces get overlapped.

Tees splashed with obscenities or offensive message, too short or plunging dresses are a big no-no, some people have even been kicked out of the plane for that.

Sprays and Perfumes:

Strong smells are  also a big no. No matter how expensive or fancy your perfume is, other passengers can find it offensive. Some people can have immediate headaches caused by scents. Just avoid it all together and focus on hygiene. If you have good hygiene and have a bit of anti-perisperant you should be all set.


Complex Shoes:

I have travelled a lot and the variety of shoes I see always surprise me. Remember you need to be able to quickly take them off during security checking so stick to sneakers or sandals that you can slip on and off easily. You also want to be able to quickly take them of or on mid-flight in case you want to take a quick stroll up and down the aisle, use the bathroom, or if your feet get cold. Avoid shoes with too many straps, buckles, zips, laces, etc.

Ease Yourself:

Aircraft lavatories are tricky and tight places. So getting out of a bodysuit, wrap tops or dress is trouble. Avoid long pants and skirts too which may graze the washroom floor causing you to feel doubtful. Keep it simple and comfortable.

Katie Gore

July 19 2016