Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the world to have vaccinated all of its operating pilots and cabin crew against Covid-19.
The airline, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has also claimed that over 75% of its overall workforce has already received at least one dose of the vaccine.
The Etihad Aviation Group began offering vaccination appointments to its employees and their families in December 2020, not to mention the Etihad Airways Medical Centre is an accredited COVID-19 vaccination clinic.
Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: "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.
Etihad says it has vaccinated all of its operating pilots and cabin crew
"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% vaccinated crew on board.
"I chose very early on to be vaccinated to demonstrate my own support of the national vaccination programme and to encourage everyone at Etihad who was eligible for the vaccine, to receive it as soon as possible. I would like to thank the entire Etihad family for everything they have done to help us reach this milestone – I am truly humbled."
Etihad says the majority of its workforce has already had the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine
At the time of writing, the UAE is on the UK's list of 'red list countries', meaning that there is a ban on any non-Brits returning to the UK from this country. Brits or UK residents who are returning will need to take a Covid-19 test up to 72 hours before departure with a negative result, and will be required to stay in a quarantine hotel when they arrive in the UK.
There is currently a ban on international travel as part of national lockdowns in England, Scotland and Wales. It is currently illegal for Brits to travel abroad for leisure.