Special Emirates A380 ‘Flight To Nowhere’ Aims To Boost Confidence In Air Travel

  • 85% Emirates crew fully vaccinated as UAE administers 8 million shots


Emirates next month will operate a special flight with one of its brand new A380 aircraft to showcase the UAE’s vaccination programme and offer a glimpse at ‘the new normal’ for air travel while boosting confidence among the flying public.

Flight EK2021 on April 10 will carry only fully vaccinated crew and passengers on-board. It will depart Dubai International Airport at 12:00hrs local time and take a tour over the UAE before returning to DXB at 14:30hrs local time.

“The one-off flight EK2021 is a unique event that not only celebrates the success of the UAE’s vaccination programme to date, but also highlights Emirates’ progress in vaccinating its staff and in particular its pilots and cabin crew,” said Dubai Media Office.

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Passengers will have the opportunity to experience Emirates’ newest A380 aircraft which features the airline’s brand-new Premium Economy seats, and refreshed cabin interiors across all cabin classes.


Emirates A380 aircraft

Emirates said customers can also try out first-hand, all the latest measures to help travellers have a safe and smooth journey, including the new biometric and contactless technology which the carrier has recently implemented at the check-in areas and boarding gates at Dubai airport.

This month, Airbus has launched a travel companion app called “Tripset”. The application aggregates and provides flight and travel information to ease and restore passenger’s trust in their end-to-end journey when traveling by air during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tripset allows for passengers to be informed with the latest and most relevant travel conditions, restrictions and health requirements in place, without having to consult a variety of sources.

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To date, over 8 million vaccine shots have been administered in the UAE. To date, over 35,000 Emirates employees have received their COVID-19 vaccine shot from one of the company’s vaccination centres, with over 85 percent of the airline’s pilots and cabin crew already receiving two doses of the vaccine.

Proceeds from the flight will go to the Emirates Airline Foundation charity.

Wole Shadare