Etihad Airways says it is first airline in the world to vaccinate all crew

Move is designed to increase confidence of passengers in flying, says CEO

Etihad Cabin Crew receives the COVID-19 vaccine

The UAE’s national carrier said on Wednesday it has become the first airline in the world with all its operating pilots and cabin crew vaccinated.

The move by Etihad Airways not only helps curb the spread of coronavirus but it also gives travellers extra peace of mind, said Etihad Aviation Group’s group CEO Tony Douglas.

Douglas, who got vaccinated very early on, said he did so to demonstrate his own support of the national vaccination programme and “to encourage everyone at Etihad who was eligible for the vaccine, to receive it as soon as possible.”

All of Etihad Airways’  operating pilots and cabin crew are vaccinated against COVID-19

“We proactively made the vaccine available to all our employees to not only help combat the effects of Covid 19 but to make travellers feel confident and reassured the next time they fly with us,” he said.

“We are the only airline in the world to make Covid-19 testing mandatory for every passenger and crew member before every flight and now, we’re the first airline in the world with 100 percent vaccinated crew on board,” he added.

In 2020, Etihad said it took significant steps towards supporting employees to receive the coronavirus vaccine. In collaboration with the health authorities, the airline facilitated access for its frontline staff to the UAE’s Emergency Use Programme.

Etihad also ensured the Etihad Airways Medical Centre became an accredited Covid-19 vaccination clinic.

Etihad pilot receives the COVID-19  vaccine

In late January, it was announced that Emirates and Etihad Airways have partnered with the International Air Transport Association to become among the first airlines in the world to trial a new app to help passengers manage their travel amid ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

Etihad said the IATA Travel Pass will initially be offered to passengers on selected flights from Abu Dhabi in the first quarter of 2021. If successful, the pass will be extended to other destinations on the Etihad network.

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