As the UAE continues to pave the way when it comes to vaccine rates, one of the country’s national airlines has reached an amazing milestone in the fight against COVID-19.

Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad Airways has announced it’s now vaccinated 100 per cent of its crew members and staff against coronavirus, becoming the first airline in the world to do so.

The move, according to Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, the move is not only to protect its staff, but to ensure their passengers feel safe and comfortable when travelling.

“We proactively made the vaccine available to all our employees to not only help combat the effects of COVID-19 but to make travellers feel confident and reassured the next time they fly with us,” he said.

“We are the only airline in the world to make COVID-19 testing mandatory for every passenger and crew member before every flight and now, we’re the first airline in the world with 100 per cent vaccinated crew on board.”

COVID-19 PCR tests

Further ensuring the safety of their passengers – if you’re flying with the airline before March 21, 2020 – an outbound PCR test is included with the price of the ticket.


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In addition, each ticket also includes a COVID-19 wellness cover to ensure your protection through travelling with the crew wearing its PPE masks at all times and making sure all guests test negative for COVID-19 before they fly. All additional deep cleaning and complementary wellness kits including a face mask, gloves and hand get are available for utmost safety when you travel. The Etihad Airways Medical Centre also became an accredited COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

For more information regarding any health and safety measures on the airline visit to check all the latest travel regulations before you fly.

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