Singapore Airlines says its group airlines are “among the first carriers in the world” to start operating flights with all cabin crew and pilots having been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The carrier said that the following flights have now operated with fully vaccinated crew members:

  • Singapore Airlines flight SQ956, which departed Singapore for Jakarta on February 11 at 0930 local time
  • Scoot flight TR606, which departed for Bangkok at 0930
  • SilkAir flight MI608, which departed for Phnom Penh at 1630

SIA said that the Singapore government had prioritised the aviation sector in the country’s vaccination exercise, reflecting “the sector’s importance, as well as the SIA Group’s crucial role in Singapore’s economic recovery and the fight against Covid-19”.

The group added that over 90 per cent of its cabin crew and pilots had so far signed up for the vaccine.

“We are very encouraged by the strong take-up rate for the vaccine from our colleagues,” said Mr Goh Choon Phong, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Airlines.

“Vaccinations will be key to the reopening of borders and to enhancing travel confidence, in tandem with robust testing regimes and the wide-ranging safe management measures that are in place on the ground and in the air. They offer greater protection for our people and provide an added layer of assurance to our customers.”

This week Etihad Airways said it had become the first airline in the world to only operate flights with pilots and cabin crew who have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and fellow Gulf carrier Emirates is vaccinating all of its UAE-based crew.

Etihad becomes first airline with entirely vaccinated crew