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Emirates operates first fully-vaccinated flight

Emirates Airlines has operated its first flight with fully vaccinated frontline teams servicing customers at every touchpoint of the travel journey.

The EK215 was operated on Sunday. It departed Dubai at 8.30am for Los Angeles and was safely supported by check-in, security, pilots and cabin crew who made the choice to be fully vaccinated.

Also supporting the operation were fully vaccinated aircraft appearance, loading and special handling teams from dnata, as well as Emirates SkyCargo teams working on the cargo and logistics requirements for EK215.

The Emirates Group rolled out its vaccination drive at pace just over a month ago, and since then, close to 26,000, or 44 per cent, of the UAE-based frontline aviation workforce have received both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Sinopharm vaccines.

Adel Al Redha, chief operating officer, Emirates Airline, said: “Our operational workforce are at the aviation frontline, helping people get to where they need to be, and moving essential goods to global communities.

“Protecting our people with vaccinations is important – for them, for our community, for the smooth running of our operations, and also for our customers as it introduces of an additional layer of protection when they travel with us.”

Nearly 5,000 cabin and flight deck crew have opted to receive both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Etihad and Singapore Airlines have both also seen early successes in their vaccination efforts.

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