(06 Apr 2021)
Qatar Airways today operated the world’s first fully COVID19
Flight QR6421 departed Hamad International
Airport in Doha at 11:45 carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers
onboard. The passengers on the flight were also served by fully vaccinated
staff at check-in.
The special flight, which will return to Doha
at 14:45, will showcase all the measures the airline has put in
place to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene on
board, including its latest innovation, the world’s first
‘Zero-Touch’ in-flight entertainment technology.
service is being operated by the airline’s most technologically
advanced and sustainable aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, with the
flight also fully carbon offset in line with the carrier’s
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
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.”
Passengers on board are able to livestream the
historic experience thanks to Qatar Airways’
Super WiFi onboard that combines the latest technology from
Inmarsat, SITA for Aircraft and Thales.
Qatar Airways is also conducting trials of the IATA Travel Pass
‘Digital Passport’ mobile app.
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