Which airline claims to have vaccinated its entire on-board crew?

As the world continues the rapid roll-out, one airline says it has already completed its programme to inoculate its flying crew

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways says it has become the first airline in the world to have vaccinated all its operating pilots and cabin crew against COVID-19. 

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Etihad Airways has a fleet of 103 aircraft which includes 39 787 Dreamliners. Aviation Image Network/Bailey 

The Middle Eastern carrier hopes this achievement will give passengers who travel peace of mind. 

Tony Douglas, group chief executive officer, Etihad Aviation Group, commented: “We proactively made the vaccine available to all our employees to not only help combat the effects of COVID-19 but to make travellers feel confident and reassured the next time they fly with us. We are the only airline in the world to make COVID-19 testing mandatory for every passenger and crew member before every flight and now, we’re the first airline in the world with 100% vaccinated crew on board. 

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Etihad holds a fleet of 20 Airbus A320s and ten A321s. Aviation Image Network/Bailey

The operator collaborated with health authorities and facilitated access for its frontline staff to the UAE’s Emergency Use programme.  

Meanwhile, from next Monday (February 15) the airline is expected to recommence passenger flights from Abu Dhabi to Doha in Qatar. 

The services will be operated daily using Airbus A320 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.  

Martin Drew, senior vice president global sales and cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “With ties between the UAE and Qatar restored, the restarting of passenger services between the two capitals will once again support the growth of trade and tourism between the two nations.” 

Etihad requires all passengers to show a negative PCR test before departure and on arrival in Abu Dhabi.