Emirates National Captain Ahmed Al Obeidli and First Officer Ramon Wilde.

EMIRATES’ one-of-a-kind flight EK2021 proudly made a journey across the different emirates today to celebrate the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s remarkable progress in vaccinating its citizens and residents from Covid-19 through a national vaccination program that has administered close to 9 million vaccines doses to date.

The special flight, which carried fully vaccinated crew and passengers onboard, was unprecedented in the industry in scale. With close to 400 fully vaccinated customers onboard, the flight illustrates confidence and undiminished excitement for air travel.

EK2021 was also supported by fully vaccinated teams across the aviation ecosystem from onboard crew to ground staff, demonstrating the readiness of the UAE’s aviation ecosystem to support the safe rebound of air travel.

In spite of the pandemic, the UAE has maintained its status as a leading global aviation hub, and it will continue to grow its position as a hub for passengers and cargo traffic by investing in innovations and close collaborations with all stakeholders.

Onboard EK2021 was a group of senior officials from key aviation and health sector entities hosted by Emirates.

“The UAE’s rapid pace and progress in vaccinating our population is a testament of our leadership’s vision and commitment to safeguard our communities and manage the pandemic by adopting the appropriate measures to protect both nationals and residents,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive, Emirates Airline and Group.