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Emirates to operate special two-hour trip on A380 for vaccinated passengers

March 30, 2021

Two-hour trip to celebrate 'remarkable progress' in UAE's COVID-19 vaccine drive

Dubai carrier Emirates will operate a special flight next month that will carry only fully vaccinated passengers and crew to celebrate the UAE’s “remarkable progress” in its vaccination campaign.

The one-off service, operated by the world’s largest aircraft A380, will be a unique event in that it will only cruise over various areas across the UAE for about two hours instead of taking the passengers to another destination. It will take off on April 10 at 12 noon from Dubai International (DXB) and return to the same airport at 2:30pm.

“[The flight] not only celebrates the success of the UAE’s vaccination programme to date, but also highlights Emirates’ progress in vaccinating its staff,” the airline said.

The airlines have been among the worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated air traffic since early last year. The air transport industry is pinning hopes on the vaccination drive for the resumption of global travel.

Showcasing A380

The airline will also use the special trip as an opportunity to showcase its newest A380 aircraft, which features Emirates’ brand-new premium economy seats and refreshed cabin interiors across all cabin classes.

Tickets for the flight (EK2021) will be available to both UAE nationals and residents who have completed the two-week period after their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Seats can be booked for 1,000 dirhams ($272) in economy and 2,000 in business class. All fares collected for the special flight will go to the airline’s non-profit charity group Emirates Airline Foundation.

Emirates Group has supported the government’s campaign to vaccinate the UAE population. To date, more than 35,000 Emirates staff have received the vaccine. Among the airline’s pilots and cabin crew, more than 85 percent have completed the doses.