SpiceJet on Monday announced that it has successfully inoculated its entire operating cabin crew with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
SpiceJet had initiated a vaccination drive for all its employees last month. The company-sponsored program that commenced from Delhi and Gurugram was extended to all domestic operating stations of the airline and was undertaken as per government rules and guidelines.
The vaccinated cabin crew does not include those who have recently recovered from COVID and are ineligible for vaccination as per government rules.
Important Milestone: SpiceJet
Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet, said, “We have achieved an important milestone by successfully inoculating all our operating cabin crew with the first dose of the vaccine.”
Mr. Singh added that SpiceJet’s vaccination drive will secure the interest and safety of both our passengers and employees who engage directly on a day-to-day basis. “A fully vaccinated airline staff will tremendously boost the confidence of flyers and help stimulate travel and tourism and I am happy that SpiceJet is moving in that direction,” he said.
Ever since the lockdown began, SpiceJet and SpiceXpress have played critical roles and worked relentlessly to ensure that the country’s supply chain remained intact.
The airline has helped in the transportation of vital goods, medical supplies and fruits and vegetables to all corners of India and the world. SpiceJet has transported around 1,70,000 lakh tonnes of cargo since March 25, 2020. The airline has also transported a record 88,802 kg of COVID vaccine shipment between January 12 and April 12, 2021.
Earlier, Vistara become the first airline to announce that nearly every employee has had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This includes all crew, frontline employees, and corporate staff, a notable achievement. Let’s find out more about Vistara’s rapid vaccine rollout.
The carrier announced that all airport staff, cabin crew, pilots, and corporate employees who are eligible for the vaccine have received it. Moreover, the airline also covered the cost of the vaccines for its employees.
Simpleflying reported that it is notable that India opened vaccines to those between the age of 18-44 only on May 1. Despite shortages in the first two weeks, which has affected other airlines too, Vistara seems to have pushed ahead with its programme, the aviation news site reported.
Vistara managed to complete its vaccination drive thanks to a combination of resources for vaccines. The first was existing government facilities, which likely helped those outside of the airline’s hubs. The second was airport-wide camps that have been set up in major airports like Delhi, which can give thousands of daily doses.
Vistara has also signed agreements itself, with one exclusive vaccine drive at its headquarters in Gurgaon and two more Vistara-led drives in Delhi and in Mumbai (currently underway). These diverse sources have allowed for a speedy vaccine rollout for all employees.
While Vistara might be the first airline to reach a near 100% vaccination rate among its crew, it’s important to note that the carrier only has a fraction of employees compared to others. Bigger airlines like IndiGo, Air India, and SpiceJet will take longer due to the larger numbers and complexity of vaccinating those in far-away bases.
In May, at least 14 pilots from Air India, IndiGo and Vistara died of Covid, according to details shared by the companies. The national carrier lost five pilots — Harsh Tiwary, G.P.S. Gill, Prasad Karmakar, Sandeep Rana and Amitesh Prasad.
All five operated Vande Bharat flights — India’s repatriation mission that has facilitated the travel of over 89.2 lakh people till now.
The Tata-owned Vistara lost two pilots, while IndiGo was the worst hit with seven deaths. The Print reported that several pilots from Air India and IndiGo highlighted that the deaths occurred as the vaccination drive was delayed, beginning only in May even as pilots from several international carriers got inoculated as early as last year.