Emirates is showcasing the UAE’s remarkable progress in its vaccination programme with a special flight that will carry only fully vaccinated crew and passengers onboard.

    On 10 April, special flight EK2021 will depart Dubai International Airport at 12:00 hours local time to cruise over various areas across the UAE. The flight will return to Dubai at 14:30 hours local time.

    The one-off flight is a unique event that not only celebrates the success of the UAE’s vaccination programme to date, but also highlights Emirates’ progress in vaccinating its staff and in particular its pilots and cabin crew. Aviation has been and continues to be an irreplaceable force for good, connecting people and cities, facilitating important trade flows and passenger journeys that bring economic prosperity and joy to millions of people.

    Passengers will have the opportunity to experience Emirates’ newest A380 aircraft, featuring the airline’s brand-new premium economy seats and refreshed cabin interiors across all cabin classes.

    The Emirates A380 remains a customer favourite for its unmatched comfort and spaciousness, according to the airline. From the award-winning ICE inflight entertainment experience, to the iconic A380 on-board lounge service for business and first class passengers, from a full-course gourmet meal in all classes to the friendly Emirates cabin crew, passengers “can expect the full Emirates experience on board this special flight”.

    In addition, customers can also try out first-hand all the latest measures to help travellers enjoy a safe and smooth journey, including the new biometric and contactless technology which Emirates has recently implemented at the check-in areas and boarding gates at Dubai airport.

    This month, Airbus has launched a travel companion app called Tripset. The application aggregates and provides flight and travel information to ease and restore the passenger’s trust in their end-to-end journey when traveling by air during the Covid-19 pandemic. Tripset allows for passengers to be informed with the latest and most relevant travel conditions, restrictions and health requirements in place, without having to consult a variety of sources.

    The UAE is one of the world’s leading countries in administered vaccinations and has made four Covid vaccines available for free to all citizens and residents. To date, more than eight million vaccine shots have been administered in the UAE, protecting over half of its population.

    The Emirates Group has supported the national vaccination programme by making Covid vaccines readily available to its UAE-based workforce at multiple locations within the company’s premises. To date, over 35,000 Emirates employees have received their vaccine shot from one of the company’s vaccination centres, with more than 85 per cent of the airline’s pilots and cabin crew already having received two doses.

    In February, Emirates announced that it had operated a flight with a fully vaccinated frontline team servicing customers at every touchpoint of the travel journey.

    MRO Americas 2021