UAE’s Emirates announces Special Flight Trip for COVID-19 vaccinated

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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UAE’s flag carrier airline Emirates will organize a special flight next month to celebrate the country’s “extraordinary progress” in its vaccination campaign. 

The one-of-its-kind service which will only carry fully vaccinated passengers and crew will be operated by the world’s largest aircraft A380. The two and half-hour-long flight will take the passengers and crew over various areas across the UAE for the duration of the flight.

The flight will take off at 12.00 PM (Noon) on the 10th of April 2021 from Dubai International (DXB) and will return to the same airport at 2.30 PM.

In its statement to the media, the airline stated that the one-off flight “not only celebrates the success of the UAE’s vaccination program to date but also highlights Emirates’ progress in vaccinating its staff.”

The airline industry across the globe has been one of the most severely affected sectors since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. All major airlines had to ground a significant number of their flights as travel restrictions and the pandemic induced economic slowdown reduced air travel to almost nil.

The air transport industry is pinning its hopes on the vaccination drive for the resumption of global travel.

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Emirates will be flying its newest A380 aircraft with brand-new premium economy seats and refreshed cabin interiors across all cabin classes for this special trip.

UAE nationals and residents who have completed the two-week period after their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine can book tickets for the flight code named EK2021.  The airline is charging $272 for an economy seat and $544 for a business class seat with proceeds from the trip going to the airline’s non-profit charity group Emirates Airline Foundation.

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