Qatar Airways completes world’s 1st fully COVID vaccinated flight
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Qatar Airways completed the world's first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight this week, carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers on board according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
The passengers of QR6421 were also served by fully vaccinated staff at check-in at the Hamad International Airport in Doha.
The special flight showcased all the measures the airline has put in place to ensure strict safety and hygiene standards on board, including the airline's latest innovation, the world’s first "Zero-Touch" in-flight entertainment technology. The service was operated by the airline’s most technologically advanced and sustainable aircraft, the Airbus A350-100., The flight was also fully carbon offset in line with the carrier’s environmental responsibilities.
Qatar Airways Group chief executive Akbar Al Baker said, “Today’s special flight demonstrates the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far away. We are proud to continue leading the industry by operating the first flight with a fully vaccinated crew and passengers and providing a beacon of hope for the future of international aviation. With aviation being a critical economic driver both globally and here in the State of Qatar, we are thankful for the support we have received from our government and local health authorities to vaccinate our staff, with over 1,000 vaccinations being administered per day."
"It is in Qatar Airways DNA to be at the forefront, setting the highest standards of safety and customer service. Before the pandemic, Qatar Airways became the first and only airline to be awarded the Skytrax Airline of the Year five times. When the pandemic hit its peak in early April, our airline continued flying to help repatriate millions of stranded passengers and transport essential medical supplies, while also implementing the latest innovations in biosafety and hygiene. As the vaccine rollout begins to gather pace worldwide, Qatar Airways remains committed to being the airline passengers and travel partners can rely on, operating one of the largest global networks to provide the connectivity needed to reunite families and friends and support global trade," he added.
"Qatar Airways Cargo has also played a vital role in maintaining a reliable schedule across our network of destinations. Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways has helped transport more than 500,000 tonnes of medical supplies and delivered close to 20,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to over 20 countries," he noted.
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