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Thu, 18 November 2021

British Airways and American Airlines Offer Free COVID19 Test Kits to Business Class Travellers

(18 Nov 2021)  American Airlines and British Airways are working with American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) and Qured, a global COVID19 testing provider, to offer complimentary test kits to business travellers who book premium seats through GBT on flights between the United States and the United Kingdom, departing from either country.

Strong business relationships are built in person. Were eager to help corporate travelers get back in the air to build those connections and keep the global economy moving, said Kyle Mabry, Vice President of Global Sales for American Airlines. Our industry had to link arms to move through the pandemic. Together, with our valued partners, we will support the return of business travel by creating more ease for customers than ever before.

Routes between the United States and the United Kingdom are incredibly important to business travel. In 2019, GBT booked hundreds of thousands of air segments between the United Kingdom and the United States. As international travel has reopened, these flights have been increasingly popular for both American Airlines and British Airways.

British Airways Boeing 787-8 reg: G-ZBJM. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.
British Airways Boeing 787-8 reg: G-ZBJM. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com

Ensuring corporate travelers have access to efficient, accurate testing is one of the key components to ramping up business travel across the trans-Atlantic corridor, said Mark Muren, Head of Global Sales at British Airways. Were eager to give our mutual customers peace of mind that they will have what they need to fulfill an important requirement as they return to conducting business.

Since the United States announced the reopening of international travel, transatlantic bookings with GBT have increased by more than 70%.

Corporate travel managers know that theres incredible pent-up demand for business travel but coordinating the logistics of testing can sometimes be a challenge, especially for trips booked close to departure, said Andrew Crawley, Chief Commercial Officer at GBT. By providing every premium customer traveling for business on a flight ticketed with American Airlines or British Airways with access to a test kit as part of the travel booking, were streamlining one critical step to making sure todays business leaders can return to the skies and conduct their important work face to face.

For the last several months, American Airlines and British Airways have helped customers easily access reliable COVID19 test kits through Qured, a global provider of antigen tests approved by both the U.K. and U.S. governments.

To connect premium customers with access to complimentary COVID19 testing kits, GBT will provide qualified travelers with a promotional code after travel is ticketed.

Travelers will use the code to order from the Qured website, and kits will be delivered to the traveler at the location(s) specified based on their itinerary.

Eligible customers can begin ordering testing kits in 2022 for travel through the end of the year. Travelers can easily complete the test remotely through a supervised video call scheduled with and administered by a professional health advisor.

Weve helped more than half a million customers confidently return to international travel over the course of the pandemic, with a majority of those travelers enjoying flights with American Airlines and British Airways, said Alex Templeton, Chief Executive Officer at Qured, Were inspired to be part of reopening international business travel and to be helping people reconnect around the world.

Results from Qured test kits are ready within 20 minutes of swabbing, and electronic verified results are shared with the patient 2 hours after their remote consultation.

The customer can download a fit to fly certificate if the test is negative, which can be shown at the airport during check-in or uploaded through VeriFLY, the app by mobile health provider Daon, for easy travel.

More than 3 million customers have used the app for travel with American Airlines and British Airways.

Complimentary test kit distribution is based on U.S. and U.K. travel guidance as of 12 November 2021 and the COVID19 test kits are available while supplies last.

Up to 45 Peak Daily Flight Options

American currently operates 11 daily flights between the United States and the United Kingdom, including two daily flights from New York (JFK) to London (LHR).

British Airways currently operates up to 34 daily flights between the United Kingdom and United States, including seven flights from London (LHR) to New York. From January 2022, the airline plans to operate 246 flights per week to the United States from London.

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