DUBAI, UAE, 23 February 2021: Emirates is among the first airlines in the world to operate a flight with fully vaccinated frontline teams servicing customers at every touchpoint of the travel journey.
Flight EK215 that departed for Los Angeles, Sunday was
supported by check-in, security, Business and First Class lounge and boarding
gate employees, as well as engineers, pilots and cabin crew who made the choice
to be fully vaccinated.
Also supporting the flight’s operations were fully vaccinated
aircraft appearance, loading and special handling teams from dnata, as well as
Emirates SkyCargo teams working on the cargo and logistics requirements for
The Emirates Group rolled out its vaccination drive just over a month ago, and since then, close to 26,000, or 44%, of the group’s UAE frontline aviation workforce, have received both doses of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Sinopharm vaccines.
Emirates Airline chief operating officer Adel Al Redha said:
“Our operational workforce are at the aviation frontline, helping people
get to where they need to be, and moving essential goods to global communities.
Protecting our people with vaccinations is important – for them, for our
community, for the smooth running of our operations, and also for our customers
as it introduces an additional layer of protection when they travel with us.
We’ve seen a very positive response with high demand and take-up of the
Covid-19 vaccine from our colleagues at the operational frontline, and there’s
continued momentum in the rate of vaccinations across the business. We would
like to thank the UAE’s leadership for making three types of vaccines available
in the country and for their proactive commitment to championing an extensive
National Vaccination Programme.”
Nearly 5,000 Cabin and Flight Deck Crew have opted to
receive both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. In addition, thousands more
Emirates Group employees in other roles have taken their COVID-19 vaccine
through the company’s clinics and vaccination centres, while others have opted
to take their vaccine at one of the many vaccination centres across the UAE.
Al Redha added: “At the outset of the pandemic,
Emirates implemented robust safety measures to protect and prioritise the
safety of our customers and employees at all stages of the travel journey, and
with the rapid progress of our own vaccination programme and high rates of
take-up, more of our flights will soon be operating with fully vaccinated
frontline employees. We are also confident that with more people being
vaccinated, combined with strong safety measures in place, we can all look
forward to the easing of border entry guidelines for many countries.”
The Emirates Group vaccination programme is the latest in
its series of safeguards and protections to deliver on its health and safety
promises to its customers, employees and the communities it serves around the
world. The group’s vaccination centres have been running 12 hours a day, every
day of the week, to prioritise and provide aviation frontliners with the
The UAE currently has one of the world’s highest rate of vaccinations for its citizens and residents as it fights to curb the spread of Covid-19. So far, the UAE has administered over 5.4 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, and Our World In Data, a research website based at Oxford University, recently reported that the country’s distribution rate stands at 55.27 doses per 100 people ranking it the second-highest in the world.