Etihad Airways announced on Wednesday that it was the first in the world to have vaccinated all its pilots, flight attendants, and stewards against Covid-19, in order to help curb the spread of the pandemic and give peace of mind. mind to passengers.
Following the goal of the government of the United Arab Emirates to vaccinate half of the population by the end of March 2021, the national company based at Abu Dhabi airport announced on February 10 « to be ahead of schedule with more than 75% of its workforce having already received at least one dose of the vaccine ”. In particular, all aircrew now deployed in its planes have been vaccinated; Etihad Airways is « the only airline in the world to make the Covid-19 test mandatory for every passenger and crew member before every flight, and now we are the first airline in the world with a 100% vaccinated crew on board » , said in a statement Tony Douglas, CEO of Etihad Aviation Group.
Last month, Etihad Airways was awarded the Diamond status « for ensuring the highest standards of cleanliness and sanitation » in the first APEX Health Safety audit; The airline’s vaccination initiative « has solidified its position as an industry leader in responding to the pandemic and protecting its employees and travelers. » Tony Douglas points out, “We have proactively made the vaccine available to all of our employees, not only to help combat the effects of COVID-19 but also to make travelers feel confident and reassured the next time they travel. ‘they travel with us’.
Working with health authorities, the airline facilitated the access of its frontline staff to the UAE’s emergency use program: it was one of the first employers in the capital to secure places for their frontline staff – including pilots and cabin crew – as part of the Abu Dhabi vaccination program. Etihad also ensured that the Etihad Airways Medical Center became an accredited Covid-19 vaccination clinic.
Etihad Airways will also test the IATA Travel Pass application, initially « on select flights from Abu Dhabi » in the first quarter of 2021, and « if successful » to other destinations. Mohammad Al Bulooki, group operations manager, explained last month: “A high priority for Etihad is that our customers have a simple, secure and efficient way to identify and verify their information. Being one of the first airlines in the world to work with IATA as a pioneering partner of the IATA Travel Pass is a big step forward for Etihad customers and for the industry. »
— Etihad Airways (@etihad) February 9, 2021