October 16, 2021

Air India Express runs India’s first international flight with entirely vaccinated crew

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Air India Express on Friday ran the country’s first international flight with the entire crew vaccinated against Covid-19. The flight IX, 191 too off from Delhi to reach Dubai with the completely vaccinated staff.

An official release by the airline stated, “Air India Express, India’s leading budget carrier, operated the first international flight from the country with fully vaccinated crew on June 18 on Delhi-Dubai sectors. The pilots and the cabin crew of IX 191, which took off from Delhi at 10.40 am, had received both doses of their Covid-19 vaccine.”

The statement further added, “Captain D R Gupta and Captain Alok Jumar Nayak, captained the flight with the cabin crew members Venkat Kella, Pravin Chandra, Pravin Chougle and Manish Kamble. The same crew operated the return flight IX 196, on Dubai-Jaipur-Delhi sector.”

The airline mentioned that all the members of the crew and frontline workers are vaccinated to ensure the passengers feel safe. The airline further said, “As we operate the country’s first international flight with fully vaccinated crew, it may be recalled that it was Air India Express that operated India’s first Vande Bharat Mission (VBM) which touched down Indian soil on May 7 carrying passengers from Abu-Dhabi. We are happy that now our teams are shielded with the protection of vaccines.”

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