Just weeks after suggesting it could become the first fully vaccinated global carrier, Singapore Airlines (SIA) has operated its first flight with a full set of vaccinated pilots and cabin crew.
With the flight – SQ956, departing Singapore for Jakarta, Indonesia at 9.30am on 11 February – SIA became one of the first airlines to fly with a crew fully inoculated against COVID-19.
At the same time, SIA Group’s low cost arm Scoot became the first budget airline in the world to fly with fully vaccinated pilots and cabin crew on flight TR606 bound for Bangkok, Thailand.
SIA Group’s full service regional airline, SilkAir, operated a similarly staffed service, MI608, to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, later on the same day.
With Singapore’s Government prioritising the aviation sector in the country’s vaccination program, more than 90% of SIA cabin crew and pilots have already signed up for the coronavirus vaccine.
“We are very encouraged by the strong take-up rate for the vaccine from our colleagues,” Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said.
“Vaccinations will be key to the reopening of borders and to enhancing travel confidence, in tandem with robust testing regimes and the wide-ranging safe management measures that are in place on the ground and in the air.”
In related news, Singapore Airlines today delivered the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Australia from Belgium via Singapore.
“The successful delivery of the vaccine from Belgium to Australia, a journey that has taken around 40 hours, further demonstrates SIA’s and the Singapore air hub’s ability to safely, efficiently and effectively undertake the very important job of transporting and distributing COVID-19 vaccines internationally,” Singapore Airlines Regional Vice President South West Pacific, Philip Goh said.
“For more than 53 years we have connected Australia to the world and throughout that period we have celebrated many firsts, but none more important, or proud as this one.”
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