QR6421 departed Hamad International Airport at 11 am, carrying only vaccinated crew and passengers on board. Passengers were also served by a fully vaccinated staff at check-in.
The special flight, which returned to Doha at 2 pm, showcased all the measures the airline has put in place to ensure the highest standards of safety and hygiene on board, including its latest innovation, the world’s first ‘Zero-Touch’ in-flight entertainment technology.
The special service was operated by the airline’s most technologically advanced and sustainable aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000, with the flight also fully carbon offset in line with the carrier’s environmental responsibilities.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, HE Akbar Al Baker said that today’s special flight demonstrates that the next stage in the recovery of international travel is not far away.
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.
He said that it is in Qatar Airways DNA to be at the forefront, setting the highest standards of safety and customer service. Before the pandemic, Qatar Airways became the first and only airline to be awarded the Skytrax Airline of the Year, five times.
When the pandemic hit its peak in early April 2020, the airline continued flying to help repatriate millions of stranded passengers and transport essential medical supplies, while also implementing the latest innovations in biosafety and hygiene.
As the vaccine rollout begins to gather pace worldwide, Qatar Airways remains committed to being the airline passengers and travel partners can rely on, operating one of the largest global networks to provide the connectivity needed to reunite families and friends and support global trade.
Qatar Airways Cargo has also played a vital role in maintaining a reliable schedule across their network of destinations. Since the onset of the pandemic, Qatar Airways has helped transport over 500,000 tonnes of medical supplies and delivered close to 20,000,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to over 20 countries.
Passengers were be able to livestream the historic experience, thanks to the industry-leading Super WiFi onboard Qatar Airways that combines the latest technology from Inmarsat, SITA for Aircraft and Thales.
For updates and more information about the historic flight, visit qatarairways.com.
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