Friday, June 18, 2021

Air India Express operates India's first international flight with full vaccinated crew

New Delhi:  Air India Express on Friday operated India’s first international flight with fully vaccinated crew. The low cost arm of AI operated Delhi-Dubai (IX 191) with the pilots and the cabin crew having received both there Covid jabs. Earlier this week, Vistara had operated India’s first domestic flight on Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi route with fully vaccinated crew.

Captains D R Gupta and Alok Kumar Nayak and cabin crew members — Venkat Kella, Praveen Chandra, Pravin Chougle and Manisha Kamble are fully vaccinated. The same set will operated the return flight IX 196, on Dubai – Jaipur – Delhi sector.

In a statement, AI Express said: “We have vaccinated almost all eligible crew members and frontline staff not only to ensure their safety and health but also to make our passengers feel safe and reassured as they fly with us. AI Express had operated India's first Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) flight which on May 7 from Abu Dhabi to the country.”

All Indian carriers and other aviation sector players like airport operators are vaccinating their employees, starting with the frontline workers like operating crew, airport staff and others. A number of airline crew members and other employees have lost their lives after getting infected with Covid in the line of duty. For several months, airlines have been seeking frontline worker status for their employees so that they get priority in getting the jabs.

18/06/21 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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