Virgin Australia’s VA-X & Win competition will see one lucky Australian become a Velocity Frequent Flyer Points millionaire
Virgin Australia’s VA-X & Win competition will see one lucky Australian become a millionaire. The move comes in a bid to increase the number of Aussies vaccinated against covid-19.
“The major announcement will see the airline group open a competition to residents of Australia once all adults are eligible for vaccination,” says Virgin.
The airline is offering millions of Velocity Frequent Flyer Points and dozens of free Business Class flights to vaccinated Aussies.
How to enter the VA-X & Win competition
Virgin will launch the competition and announce more prizes later this year.
The competition will open to all residents of Australia once the government expands vaccination eligibility to all adults. Until then, Virgin is allowing potential applicants to register their interest.
Encouraging Aussies to get the jab
A Virgin Australia Group spokesperson said the airline has a responsibility to encourage Australians to get the jab.
“For simply rolling-up your sleeve and getting a COVID-19 vaccination, you could walk away with a share in tens of thousands of dollars of Virgin Australia and Velocity Frequent Flyer prizes,” they said.
Supporting vaccination for airline team members
A recent Virgin Australia study found that 65 per cent of front-line team members were either vaccinated or registered to get the jab. This includes cabin crew, pilots and airport workers.
Additionally, the airline will also expand VA-X & Win to include a separate competition for vaccinated team members. Prizes include additional annual leave, Lounge memberships and free Business Class flights.
The airline is also making it easy for team members to attend vaccination appointments, today announcing it will provide flexible working arrangements where possible for employees to receive both injections.
“We’re also proud so many members of our team are already vaccinated. As an industry that’s been severely affected by COVID-19 it makes sense to reward and encourage our colleagues.”Virgin Australia spokesperson.
The longest wait for a blockbuster has arrived
After 13 long years, the Avatar sequel has premiered in London
Strap yourselves in because one of the most delayed sequels in blockbuster history has arrived.
Now, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ has premiered in London.
It’s been a long wait for Avatar fans, which remains the biggest-grossing film of all time.
The film will be open to the public next week, but you’ll need a drink and some popcorn because it runs for three hours.
Director James Cameron says he’s nervous but offered this explanation when asked why it’s taken so long for the sequel.
Stars Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña and Kate Winslet fronted the red carpet for the release.
Be careful what you do at the airport this holiday season
Passengers are being urged to stay on the ‘Nice List’ at Australian airports as the festive season approaches
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will step up its patrol of major airports across Australia as the festive season gets underway.
The aviation sector is recovering from over two years of pandemic-related turbulence.
However, travel demand is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels.
Melbourne International Airport recently recorded 78 per cent passenger numbers when compared to figures from October 2019.
These figures are expected to increase during the festive season, which has prompted the AFP to bolster its commitment to protecting passengers.
Authorities are working with airlines, airports and regulatory authorities to help ensure a safe environment for passengers.
More than 330 alleged offenders have been charged around 420 charges at Australian airports between May and October this year.
In most cases, the charges involved intoxication, offensive behaviour, possessing a prohibited weapon, carrying prohibited items, public disturbance and incidents relating to assault.
“This is a special time of the year, and the AFP is at airports to keep passengers safe,’’ Assistant Commissioner Scott Lee said.
“The majority of passengers do the right thing, but we know those who do not can be disruptive for other passengers.”
How prepared are Australian airports?
The Australian Airports Association concedes this upcoming holiday season will be a “busy one”.
However, company chief executive officer James Goodwin said it is important travellers do the “right thing” and respect each other.”
“Australian Airports Association chief executive officer James Goodwin said the holiday season would be a busy one, but it was important travellers did the right thing and respected each other,” he said.
Australian airports have been impacted by staff shortages, because of pandemic-related illness.
The national carrier, Qantas has come under fire for firing thousands of staff during the height of the pandemic, which have impacted consumers at many Australian airports.
The airline apologised for its barrage of delayed or cancelled flights, and lost luggage as travellers returned to the skies since the height of Covid-lockdowns brought the sector to a grinding halt.
“On behalf of the national carrier, I want to apologise and assure you that we’re working hard to get back to our best,” said Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce at the time.
FTX’s Bankman-Fried hires top defence lawyer
FTX founder and former chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried has hired former prosecutor Mark S. Cohen to represent him, as U.S. authorities probe the crypto exchange’s collapse.
Regulators around the globe, including in the Bahamas where FTX is based and in the United States, are investigating the role of FTX’s top executives including Bankman-Fried in the firm’s stunning collapse, Reuters has previously reported. The crypto exchange filed for bankruptcy last month after a liquidity crisis that saw at least $1 billion of customer funds vanish.
Bankman-Fried has retained Cohen, of Cohen & Gresser, Bankman-Fried’s spokesperson Mark Botnick said in an emailed statement. Cohen could not be reached for comment.
Prosecutors and regulators have not charged Bankman-Fried with wrongdoing. He is facing civil lawsuits from investors and FTX customers.
David Mills, a professor at Stanford Law School, is consulting on the matter, Botnick said. Mills did not respond to requests for comment. Semafor previously reported Mills’ advisory work for Bankman-Fried.
Cohen, a former assistant United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, recently defended Ghislaine Maxwell in her sex trafficking trial.
Bankman-Fried had previously hired Martin Flumenbaum of law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, but the law firm said last month it was no longer representing him due to conflicts.
In recent weeks, U.S. authorities have sought information from investors and potential investors in FTX, according to two sources with knowledge of the requests. Federal prosecutors in New York are asking for details on any communications such firms have had with the crypto firm and its executives, including Bankman-Fried, the sources said. Bloomberg previously reported the information requests.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has been asking for similar information from investors as well, one of the sources said.
Those sources and attorneys, speaking on condition of anonymity, have said that U.S. authorities are likely looking for any evidence of material misrepresentations of information to investors.
Spokespeople for the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office and the SEC declined to comment on the information request.
FTX secretly transferred customer funds to its affiliate Alameda Research to fill a shortfall at the crypto trading firm, Reuters has previously reported.
Speaking via video link at the New York Times’ Dealbook Summit with Andrew Ross Sorkin on Wednesday, Bankman-Fried said he did not knowingly commingle customer funds on FTX with funds at his proprietary trading firm, Alameda Research.
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