Vistara, the leading full-service carrier on Wednesday operated India’s first flight with fully vaccinated pilots and cabin crew. A special flight UK963 departed from Delhi International Airport on June 16 at 8:50 AM and arrived at Mumbai Airport at 11:10 AM.
The same cabin crew and pilots have operated the return flight, UK 960, which departs from Mumbai at 11:55 AM and is expected to reach Delhi at 2:05 PM today.
The airline has said that it plans to operate more such flights in the coming days as their number of fully vaccinated staff increases.
“In our constant effort to put your safety first, we are thrilled to be making history by operating India’s first flight with a fully vaccinated crew! A huge step in ensuring #FlyingFeelsSafeAgain.” Vistara said in a tweet.
Vistara has recently announced that it had got nearly 100% of its eligible employees vaccinated with at least their first doses. This included Vistara’s airport and corporate staff, cabin crew, and pilots.
The airline also said that they continue to ramp up efforts to ensure all eligible employees receive their second doses as well in time and are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the earliest.
Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Commercial Officer, Vistara, said, “Vaccination is the best-known defense against the pandemic that is helping the world get back to normalcy, subsequently aiding the recovery of the aviation industry.”
“We have been consistently getting our staff vaccinated in our endeavor to ensure safety for them, their families, and our customers whom they serve. This special flight operated by our fully vaccinated cabin crew and pilots is a sign of our continued commitment towards making flying feel safe again.”
Operating fully vaccinated flights has picked up pace across the globe, with Qatar Airways operating the world’s first fully vaccinated flight back in April.