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Watch: The ‘fully vaccinated’ Emirates flight over UAE lands in Dubai International Airport

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Dubai: April 10 was a historic day as UAE celebrated its COVID-19 vaccination programme with a special Emirates flight for fully-vaccinated crew and passengers that took off today from Dubai International Airport at 12.30pm (UAE time). The unique flight not celebrated the success of the UAE’s vaccination programme, but also highlighted Emirates’ progress in vaccinating its staff, and in particular its pilots and cabin crew.

The one-off flight EK2021 cruised over various areas across the UAE and returned to DXB airport Terminal 3 at 4.30pm local time.‬

Passengers disembark

Passengers disembarking Emirates A380 following the historic EK 2021 flight.

Back on the ground

The flight was a total of four hours in duration. It took off from DXB at 12.30pm and landed in Dubai at 4.30pm.

With cheers and applause, EK 2021 just landed at Dubai International Airport. Flight was a success.

Travel blogger shares his experience

Dubai-based Chinese aviation and travel blogger Sam Chui shares his experience flying EK 2021

Enjoying the flight

On board Emirates special flight
Image Credit: Angel Tesorero, Senior Reporter

Passengers enjoying onboard entertainment, including latest Hollywood movies.

Hot meals at 10,000 feet

Hot meals are now being served at 10,000 feet above sea level the UAE aboard special flight EK 2021.

Passengers in the economy and premium economy sectors are given a choice of Grilled chicken in tomato sauce with mashed potatoes or Prawn Machboos


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In a huddle

EK crew in a huddle. Before serving refreshments to EK 2021 passengers, the purser gave a pep to the flight crew. She said: “Let’s give passengers an unforgettable experience.”


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View from up above


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Up in the air

We are now up in the air at 10,000 feet above the ground, hovering around the UAE.

Image Credit: Gulf News

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EK2021 is taxiing off

Flight is heading towards the northern emirates before returning back to DXB Terminal 3 after three hours.


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Gulf News team has just boarded EK2021 and were given Premium Economy seats. Emirates has safely and gradually restored its network over the past months, bringing back signature experiences onboard and on the ground with comprehensive measures in place for the health and safety of its customers and employees.

Gulf News team has just boarded EK2021 and were given Premium Economy seats.
Image Credit: Angel Tesorero/Gulf News

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Business class passengers are readying for boarding. All passengers on EK2021 were able able to experience all of Dubai International Airport’s services and amenities, including the use of Emirates Business lounge, before boarding.
Image Credit: Angel Tesorero/Gulf News
Business class passengers are readying for boarding. All passengers on EK2021 were able able to experience all of Dubai International Airport’s services and amenities, including the use of Emirates Business lounge, before boarding.
Image Credit: Angel Tesorero/Gulf News
Business class passengers are readying for boarding
Image Credit: Angel Tesorero/Gulf News

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All set to board EX2021 flight

Business class passengers are readying for boarding. All passengers on EK2021 were able to experience all services and amenities at Dubai International Airport, including the use of Emirates Business lounge, before boarding.‬ They were also able to try out first-hand all the latest measures to help travellers enjoy a safe and smooth journey, including the new biometric and contactless technology, which Emirates has recently implemented at the check-in areas and boarding gates at Dubai airport.‬

All passengers had to undergone rapid PCR test before checking in. They also presented their vaccination card. At the check-in counter, everyone was handed out a travel hygiene kit plus a green pin, indicating that the passenger has been vaccinated.

Emirates travel hygiene kit
Image Credit: Gulf News



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Ali Abdullah, 23
Image Credit: Angel Tesorero/Gulf News

Emirati Ali Abdullah, 23, is one of the passengers. He told Gulf News before checking in: “This is a really exciting flight. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a flight. This (EK 2021) proves that flight is safe even during the pandemic if you follow the health and safety protocols.”

One for the album

Passengers before entering the business lounge of EK2021 ‘fully vaccinated’ flight.
Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News


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