Qatar Airways has flown the world’s first fully vaccinated service with a flight to nowhere trip from its Doha hub.
The airline says it is the first flight with all passengers and crew having received vaccinations and all passengers were served by fully vaccinated staff at check-in.
Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar Al Baker said: “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.
“Qatar Airways remains committed to being the airline passengers and travel partners can rely on, operating one of the largest global networks to provide the connectivity needed to reunite families and friends and support global trade.”
The A350 flight was operated to showcase the various measures the airline has in place to ensure safety and hygiene on board, including the first ever ‘Zero-Touch’ in-flight entertainment technology.
Qatar Airways is also the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the IATA Travel Pass app. The app enables the sharing of Covid-19 test results with airlines to verify they are eligible to undertake their journey.
Qatar Airways said it gave away 100,000 complimentary return tickets to healthcare workers and 21,000 to teachers around the world during 2020.