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Singapore Airlines is beginning to fly with Covid-19 vaccinated employees. The airline says pilots and cabin crew on 3 international flights from the country have received both doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

The airline said pilots and cabin crew on 3 international flights from Singapore had received both of the required doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The move to become the world’s first carrier to feature all plane employees vaccinated against the coronavirus is being pushed by the government as it is urging workers to sign up for its vaccination program.

The carrier says more than 90% of its cabin crew and pilots have, indeed, signed up for the inoculation program, with 85% already receiving at least the first dose. The airline says it expects all employees to be fully vaccinated by March. The 3 flights with vaccinated crew go outbound to Bangkok, Phnom Penh and Jakarta-all in the southeast Asian region.

According to Singaporeair.com, as of January 2021, SIA will reinstate services to Dubai, Moscow and Munich, and increase the frequency of its existing services to points in the United States, Europe and South Africa. From March 2021, SIA will reinstate services to Tokyo Haneda.

Scoot’s services to Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Perth will be temporarily suspended, while SIA and SilkAir will increase their frequencies on those routes. At the same time, SIA and SilkAir will temporarily suspend services to Penang, Surabaya and Taipei while Scoot will operate to these destinations at higher frequencies. These changes, which are subject to regulatory approvals, are expected to take place in November and December 2020.

The affected travel period for these destinations are as follows:

Kuala Lumpur: From 17 November 2020
Manila: From 4 December 2020
Penang: From 8 December 2020
Perth: From 5 December 2020
Surabaya: From 9 December 2020
Taipei: From 16 December 2020

Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways says its flights are only being operated by pilots and cabin crew who had been vaccinated, which a spokeswoman later said it meant the crews had received at least 1 dose.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    A step in the right direction.
    Perhaps they could sell flights and vaccinations . . .
    A few weeks ahead.

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    James R

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:38 am

    But they can still pass the virus to others so why should passengers fly?

    Unless they only allowed inoculated passengers to fly?

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      dispensed

      Monday, February 15, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      Yes, they “can” get infected and infect others even after receiving the vaccine. Is it likely?
      No. It’s very unlikely.

      The risk will never be zero. And frankly it was never a very high risk for most people anyway.

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    Hugh

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:13 am

    “These changes, which are subject to regulatory approvals, are expected to take place in November and December 2020.”

    We’re in 2021 already, come on chaps

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      Amy Sukwan

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      LOL my exact first thought too! Looks like we lost a year…

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    Daniel Verex

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:22 am

    Definitely a step in the right direction. A bigger step would be to allow passengers who have had both inoculations to also fly and enter Singapore with no or vastly reduced quarantine requirements.

    The world needs to re open…

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