Qatar Airways operates a fully COVID-19 vaccinated flight – to nowhere

All passengers and crew on the flight were fully vaccinated for the trip to nowhere

Qatar Airways has operated a flight with all passengers, crew and check-in staff fully vaccinated for COVID-19. But the flight went nowhere.

The airline operated the three hour QR6421 flight from Doha back to Doha with one of it’s new Airbus A350-1000 aircraft.

The flight was designed to showcase all the measures the airline has put in place to ensure its standards of safety and hygiene on board, including its ‘Zero-Touch’ in-flight entertainment.

Qatar Airways CEO, Akbar Al Baker, told Sky News that the airline invited its Platinum members to take part in the flight to nowhere.

Mr Al Baker did not expand on exactly who went on the flight to no where, what they paid, what the service was, what the immigration procedures were etc etc etc.

IATA Travel Pass

Qatar Airways is trialling the IATA Travel Pass. The app enables passengers to:

  • create a digital passport’ to verify their test/vaccination
  • meets the regulations of the country they are flying to
  • shares test or vaccination certificates with authorities to facilitate travel.

Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, was previously the IATA Chairman.


Qatar Airways says the flight was operated by the airline’s most technologically advanced and sustainable aircraft, the Airbus A350-1000. It also says the flight was fully carbon offset in line with the carrier’s environmental responsibilities.

A three hour flight to nowhere just to advertise Qatar Airways? Hmm!

N.B. Image credit: Qatar Airways

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