Qatar Airways operated the world's first flight fully vaccinated against COVID-19

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Qatar Airways operated the world's first flight fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Tue April 06, 2021

Flight QR6421 operated by the airline's A350-1000 only carried vaccinated crew and passengers on board, passengers were also treated by fully vaccinated personnel at the time of check-in


Qatar Airways continues to lead the international travel recovery, today operating the world's first flight fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The QR6421 departed from Hamad International Airport at 11:00 am with only vaccinated crew and passengers on board, passengers were also served by fully vaccinated personnel when checking their luggage. The special flight, which returned to Doha at 2:00 p.m., showcased all the measures the airline has implemented to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene on board, including its latest innovation, the world's first 'Zero-Touch'. , inflight entertainment technology. This special flight was operated by the airline's most sustainable and technologically advanced aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000,

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive Officer His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said: “Today's special flight shows that the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far off. We are proud to continue to lead the industry by operating the world's first flight with a fully vaccinated crew and passengers, providing a glimmer of hope for the future of international aviation. Since aviation is a critical economic engine both globally and here in the State of Qatar, we are grateful for the support we have received from our government and local health authorities to vaccinate our staff, with more than 1,000 vaccines administered by day."

“It is in the DNA of Qatar Airways 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 receive the Skytrax Airline of the Year award five times. When the pandemic peaked in early April, our airline continued to fly to help repatriate millions of stranded passengers and transport essential medical supplies, while implementing the latest innovations in biosecurity and hygiene. As the launch of the vaccine begins to accelerate around the world, Qatar Airways remains committed to being the airline passengers can trust,

“Qatar Airways Cargo has also played a vital role in our destination network. Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways has helped transport more than 500,000 tons of medical supplies and delivered nearly 20,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to more than 20 countries. "

Passengers on board live-streamed this historic experience thanks to Qatar Airways' industry-leading onboard Super WiFi combining the latest technology from Inmarsat, SITA by Aircraft and Thales.

To show its gratitude to those who have played a key role during the pandemic, Qatar Airways gave out 100,000 courtesy return tickets to healthcare workers and 21,000 to teachers around the world in 2020.

Qatar Airways recently became the first global airline to achieve the prestigious COVID-19 5-star airline safety rating awarded by the international air transport rating organization, Skytrax. This follows HIA's recent success as the first airport in the Middle East and Asia to receive a 5-star COVID-19 airport security rating from Skytrax. These recognitions provide assurance to passengers around the world that airline health and safety standards are subject to the highest possible standards of professional and independent scrutiny and evaluation. For full details of all measures that have been implemented on board and at HIA Airport, visit www.qatarairways.com/safety 

Qatar Airways is the first Middle Eastern airline to start testing the innovative new mobile app "Digital Passport" for IATA Travel Pass. IATA Travel Pass ensures that passengers receive up-to-date information on health regulations for COVID-19 in their destination country, in addition to complying with strict global data privacy regulations, allowing the exchange of COVID-19 test results. 19 with the airlines, to verify that they are candidates to undertake their trip.

Qatar Airways, a multiple award-winning airline, was named "World's Best Airline" by the 2019 World Airline Awards, administered by the international air transport classification organization Skytrax. It was also named "Best Airline in the Middle East", "World's Best Business Class" and "Best Business Class Seat" in recognition of its innovative Business Class experience, Qsuite, which is available on flights to more than 45 destinations. , including Johannesburg, Frankfurt, New York and Singapore.

Qatar Airways is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted title of "Skytrax Airline of the Year" five times, recognized as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry. In addition, Hamad International Airport (HIA), home and hub of Qatar Airways, was ranked the "Best Airport in the Middle East" for the sixth consecutive year and the "Third Best Airport in the World" by the 2020 SKYTRAX World Airport Awards.

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