Singapore Airlines hopes to be the world’s first fully fortified airline

(CNN) – Singapore’s national airline hopes to become the first airline in the world to have all its crew members vaccinated against Covid-19.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) confirmed to CNN Travel that all of its crew — including pilots, gate agents, flight attendants, and anyone whose job requires contact with the public — have been offered coronavirus vaccines free of charge by the Singapore government.

“We are grateful to the Singapore government for making the aviation sector a priority in the country’s vaccination exercise,” the airline’s CEO, Goh Chun Fung, said in a statement emailed to the entire company on January 18.

This reflects the importance of the sector and the critical role we play in Singapore’s economic recovery and the fight against the pandemic.

According to the airline, 5,200 SIA employees have already signed up for their footage. The vaccination will start in a few days.

Fung, along with Singapore’s Minister of Transport Ong Yei Kung, were among the first city-state citizens to receive the vaccination. He received his first shot, and stated that “the procedure was not painful and fuss-free”.

Once vaccinated, crew members will be subject to less scrutiny and fewer coronavirus-related security measures. For example, flight crew who are currently tested on the seventh day after returning to Singapore will be exempt from this test from now on.

Singapore’s response to the pandemic has been largely successful due to border closures and a national application of contract tracing. The country has recorded 59,113 confirmed cases of the virus and just 29 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
However, city-state citizens have expressed interest in being able to travel again. The “travel bubble” with Hong Kong was postponed indefinitely in December when Hong Kong saw a spike in virus cases.
The annual Henley Passport Index placed Singapore second in the world – one point behind neighboring Japan – in terms of passport strength. Singaporeans can enter 190 countries or regions around the world without the need for a visa.

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