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Flying to the Rescue

With most planes grounded worldwide during the global pandemic, British Airways pilot Charlotte Thorpe (class of 1985) has been busier than ever, carrying out vital work in the fight against Covid-19.

Senior First Officer Charlotte has been flying freight flights to Beijing and Shanghai to collect urgent supplies of PPE for frontline NHS staff.  Among other missions, she has also repatriated 250 British citizens from Amritsar and taken 15 tons of Royal Mail bags to JFK.

She says: “The crew are not allowed to stay overnight so we have to turn straight round and come home when the boxes and pallets are all loaded, so the flights are done by seven pilots and four cabin crew on a voluntary basis. It’s a long day out.

“Despite countries closing off from the rest of the world and flights being decimated, it’s good to be able to do something useful to help out. I’ve been with BA for 30 years this month, fingers crossed I’ll be with them a bit longer, but that remains to be seen. Well done to everyone for all their efforts to get through this.”

And, as if that wasn’t enough, Charlotte is about to start volunteering at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough as part of Project Wingman, providing “first class lounges” for NHS staff.  Three cheers for Charlotte and her BA colleagues.
 

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