Dubai: In acknowledgment of its contribution to the health and welfare of its staff and passengers, Emirates has become one of the world’s first airlines to fly a flight of entirely vaccinated frontline teams serving customers at any touchpoint of the trip.
This morning, the full airport and on-board passenger encounter of flight EK215, which fled Dubai at 8:30 a.m. to Los Angeles, was comfortably assisted by check-in, security, Business and First Class lounge and boarding gate personnel, and also engineers, pilots and cabin crew who chose the decision to be completely vaccinated.
Also assisting passenger flights were fully vaccinated aircraft appearance, docking and special handling teams from Dnata, but also SkyCargo teams focused on freight and logistics requirements for EK215.
The Emirates Group initiated its vaccination campaign at a pace just over a month ago, and since then, nearly 26,000 or 44% of the Group’s UAE front-line aviation staff have obtained all doses of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Sinopharm vaccinations.
Adel Al Redha, Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Airline, said: “Our operating staff is on the air frontline, helping people get to where they need to go, and moving vital commodities to global communities.
Almost 5,000 Cabin and Flight Deck Crew have elected to collect all doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, thousands of Emirates Community personnel in other capacities have taken their COVID-19 vaccine across the company’s clinics and vaccination centres, while some have chosen to receive their vaccine at one of the several vaccine centres around the UAE.
The Emirates Group vaccination programme is the latest in its series of safeguards and protections to deliver on its health and safety promises to its customers, employees and the communities it serves around the world. The Group’s vaccination centres have been running 12 hours a day, every day of the week to prioritize and provide aviation frontliners with the vaccine.
Currently, the UAE has the world’s highest rate of vaccinations for its inhabitants. It aims to fight and prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Up til now, over 5.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered by UAE.