Qatar Airways’ first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight takes off

Qatar Airways

On the morning of April 6, 2021, Qatar Airways operated the world’s first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight.

QR6421 departed Hamad International Airport at 11:00 carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers. Passengers were additionally served by fully vaccinated staff during their check-in process.

The iconic flight shed light on the stringent measures the airline has introduced to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene, including its latest innovation, the world’s first ‘Zero-Touch’ in-flight entertainment technology.

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The flight was operated by the Qatari carrier’s most technologically advanced and sustainable aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, which is fully carbon offset in line with the carrier’s environmental responsibilities.

Remarking on the development was chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker: “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.”

HE Al Baker added: “It is in Qatar Airways DNA 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 be awarded the Skytrax Airline of the Year five times. When the pandemic hit its peak in early April, our airline continued flying to help repatriate millions of stranded passengers and transport essential medical supplies, while also implementing the latest innovations in biosafety and hygiene. As the vaccine rollout begins to gather pace worldwide, 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.

“Qatar Airways Cargo has also played a vital role in maintaining a reliable schedule across our network of destinations. Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways has helped transport more than 500,000 tonnes of medical supplies and delivered close to 20,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to over 20 countries,” he concluded.

Passengers aboard the flight were able to livestream the historic experience using the airline’s industry leading Super WiFi, that combines the latest technology from Inmarsat, SITA for Aircraft and Thales.