Top News World’s first fully vaccinated flight takes off from Qatar By TTG Asia / Posted on 8 April, 2021 12:37 Qatar Airways operated the world’s first fully Covid-19 vaccinated flight on Tuesday (April 6), carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers on board, with passengers also serviced by fully vaccinated staff at check-in. QR6421 departed Hamad International Airport at 11.00 local time, and returned to Doha at 14.00. Qatar Airways becomes first airline to operate a flight carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers on board The special service implemented a raft of safety and hygiene measures, including the world’s first “Zero-Touch” in-flight entertainment, enabling passengers to access movies and shows on their personal devices. Operated by the airline’s sustainable aircraft, Airbus A350-1000, the flight was fully carbon offset, in line with the carrier’s environmental responsibilities. Qatar Airways Group CEO, Akbar Al Baker, said in a press release: “(This) special flight demonstrates the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far away. 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.” Earlier this year, Qatar Airways became the first global airline to achieve the Skytrax 5-Star Covid-19 Airline Safety Rating. This came on the back of its hub, Hamad International Airport, becoming the first and only airport in the Middle East and Asia to be awarded a Skytrax 5-Star Covid-19 Airport Safety Rating. The airline was also the first in the Middle East to trial the IATA Travel Pass Digital Passport mobile app. IATA Travel Pass provides travellers with information on Covid-19 health regulations at their destination country, and allows them to share their Covid-19 test results with airlines to verify their eligibility for travel, while complying with global data privacy regulations.