While Indian vaccination program continues its slow march, what with less than 4% of the population fully vaccinated, airlines have finally gone full throttle to vaccinate their flying staff. Full service carrier Vistara crossed a vaccination milestone on Wednesday when it operated India’s first flight with fully vaccinated crew.
“The special flight UK963 departed Delhi at 08.50 am and arrived in Mumbai at 11.10 am. It was operated by crew that have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine,” said a statement issued by Vistara. “The crew will also be operating the return flight, UK 960, which is scheduled to depart from Mumbai at 11.55 am and expected to reach Delhi at 2.05 pm today.
Vistara plans to operate more such flights in the coming days as their number of fully vaccinated staff increases,” said the airline. The airline 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.
Vinod Kannan, chief commercial officer, Vistara, said: “Vaccination is the best known defence against the pandemic that is helping the world get back to normalcy, subsequently aiding the recovery of the aviation industry.