Qatar Airways operates world’s first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight

Qatar Airways claims it has operated the world’s first fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight. 

QR6421 departed Hamad International Airport at 11:00 AM on April 6 carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers onboard, with passengers also to be served by fully vaccinated staff at check-in. 

The special flight, which returned to Doha at 14:00, showcased all the measures the airline has put in place to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene onboard. 

The service was operated by the airline’s most sustainable aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, with the flight also fully carbon offset in line with the carrier’s environmental responsibilities.

“Today’s special flight demonstrates the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far away,” said Qatar Airways group chief executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker. “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.”