It aims to provide the vaccine to more than 9,000 employees until the end of next March

"Etihad Airways": the health passport before the end of March 2021

  • Members of the cabin crew received vaccination at the "Etihad Airways Medical Center".

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  • Nadia Bastaki: "The aircraft environment is safe, given the use of highly sophisticated air filter systems that eliminate 99% of viruses."


Etihad Airways confirmed that it will start implementing the digital health passport, in cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), before the end of the first quarter of this year, with the aim of facilitating unimpeded passenger travel.

A healthy passport

The Vice President for Medical Services and Corporate Social Responsibility at Etihad Airways, Dr. Nadia Bastaki, explained that the IATA passport is a platform that includes the medical history of the traveler, to indicate whether he is medically fit to travel or not, through the identification of his medical history and results. The “BCR” checks for “Covid-19”, as well as whether or not he received a vaccination, and other information about the traveler's health status.


In a press conference held in Abu Dhabi yesterday, Bastaki revealed that the infection rate or transmission of the "Covid-19" virus among passengers on board Etihad Airways reached zero, during the period from August 2020 to January 2021.

She added that the percentage of cases that arrived in the UAE on board the "Etihad Airways" aircraft, and was confirmed to be infected with the virus, amounted to less than 0.4%, as a result of the continued incubation of the disease for several days.

She emphasized that the studies conducted by a number of concerned health authorities during the past period showed that aircraft air is considered one of the safest for closed places in general, such as restaurants, malls, schools, and shops.

She explained that the aircraft environment is considered safe, given the use of particulate air filter systems on board the plane, which are highly sophisticated systems that eliminate 99% of viruses and bacteria in the air inside the plane, noting that the cabin air flows continuously, and is exchanged at a rate of 30 times an hour. This makes it one of the safest enclosed spaces for the transmission of viruses and germs.

Provide the vaccine

Bastaki also revealed a plan that Etihad Airways has started implementing to vaccinate its employees, and aims to give the vaccine to more than 9,000 employees until the end of next March, pointing out that the plan also includes vaccinating the employees' families, to reduce the chances of employees contracting the virus.

"We aim to provide the vaccine for more than 50% of (Etihad Airways) employees, and we hope to raise the percentage to serve our community," she said.

Bastaki said that Etihad Airways has coordinated with the medical authorities to ensure that it is among the first companies in Abu Dhabi to provide the vaccine for its employees, and has also set up mobile centers to facilitate employees' access to the vaccine.

She emphasized that thousands of employees, as well as many members of the air hospitality crew and pilots, received vaccinations at the "Etihad Airways Medical Center" and other medical centers, while the dates for vaccination are organized very quickly.

Bastaki expressed her confidence that all frontline employees at airports, air crews, pilots and engineers will start the procedures for getting vaccinations by the end of January, along with other company employees, their families and children over 16 years old.

Health and Safety Program

Etihad Airways' Vice President for Medical Services and Corporate Social Responsibility, Dr. Nadia Bastaki, said that Etihad Airways is keen to inform travelers of the developments related to their travel to different destinations, and updates on health procedures for these destinations via phone, text messages and e-mail.

She added that the health and safety program implemented by "Etihad Airways" includes several measures to maintain the safety of travelers, most notably the periodic checks of employees and aircraft crews, and to ensure that they adhere to masks and gloves, use sterilizers, and that they do not move between different parts of the plane, clean surface areas, and food packaging. And the use of food utensils only once, in addition to allocating a place to isolate the passengers suspected of being infected with the virus in an isolated place in the plane, with the allocation of a crew to serve them that does not deal with the rest of the plane's passengers.

• Vaccinating employees 'families to reduce the employees' chances of contracting the virus.

• "Iata" passport, a platform that includes the traveler's medical history and PCR results.

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