Around the oneworld 2012
Hello, and welcome to the ’round the oneworld 2012 blog!
We’re delighted you’ve stopped by to learn a little bit more about what we’re up to, and for the enthusiast, you’ll have a chance to follow us whilst we’re on the road!
Before we get too far into the detail of our adventure, we would both like to thank each and every one of you for your more than generous support. We are humbled by your kindness. Please know that you have most kindly ensured the difference to children’s lives around the world. THANK YOU!
Now, onto our challenge…
We are Richard Tams, British Airways’ head of UK & Ireland sales, and Andrew Solum, Management Consultant and oneworld Emerald Card Holder. We have accepted a challenge to raise money for charity – specifically for Flying Start, which is part of the Comic Relief Charity, whose aim is to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of needy children around the globe.
Our challenge is simple: make it ’round the world by hook or by crook (or in reality by oneworld partners) within seven days in order to raise at least £20,000 GBP for the charity.
Dubbed by some “The Daring Duo” or alias “Phileas Fogg and Passepartout”, we set off on September 15th from the oneworld headquarters in New York. We start with American Airlines from New York to Chicago then on to the Tokyo Narita international hub of Japan Airlines.
The following day we will fly with Japan Airlines from Tokyo to the Hong Kong home of Cathay Pacific. On September 17th, we will undertake a three-flight schedule from Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur with Cathay Pacific, Kuala Lumpur to Singapore with Malaysia Airlines, which is on track to join oneworld at the turn of the year. We will then travel on from Singapore to London with Qantas arriving early on September 18th.
British Airways will carry us on to Amman, base of Royal Jordanian.
On September 19th, we will fly from Amman to Frankfurt with Royal Jordanian, then with airberlin to Germany’s capital city.
On September 20th, we will take to the air again with airberlin to
Frankfurt, then off with LAN to Madrid. From its base at the Spanish capital, Iberia will then carry us overnight to the Moscow hub of S7, landing early on September 21st, before a swift transfer to S7 for a flight to St. Petersburg.
The following day (September 22) we will begin the last leg of our
journey heading with Finnair from St Petersburg to its own Helsinki home, and then on to Heathrow to connect on to our final flight, a British Airways jet from London to New York arriving at 8.55pm local time.
In total, we will cover just over 30,000 miles, flying along the way on every oneworld member airline and via 11 of the alliance’s major hubs.
We’ve both done a lot of flying in our time, but never so many destinations in such a short period. We’ll be going through 16 airports, flying on ten different aircraft types and visiting 11
countries on 12 airlines. We won’t even have time to stop and enjoy the views!
Of course, we are enormously grateful to our oneworld partners for supporting our challenge – it’s a great reflection of the reach the alliance has. We would also like to thank our hotel partners in this, the Global Hotel Alliance, Starwood and Marriott.
As for fundraising, we’ve already done well in our goal of raising at least £20,000 GBP, but ideally we would love to exceed it and shatter all of our expectations, hopes and dreams, so we’re asking everyone to dig deep.
Funds can be pledged at:
To remind everyone, the aim of the charity is to help create lasting change by giving children and their families the chance to start supporting themselves.
Once again, huge thanks for any support you can offer. It really does make a difference.
We look forward to being in touch with you over the coming days, so stay tuned for our updates, stories, details, pictures, tweets and messages.