Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has become the first airline in the world to have vaccinated all its operating pilots and cabin crew against COVID19. The achievement was made possible through Etihad’s "Protected Together" employee vaccination initiative which was formally launched in January of this year. Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group, said, “We proactively made the vaccine available to all our employees to not only help combat the effects of COVID19 but to make travelers feel confident and reassured the next time they fly with us. We are the only airline in the world to make COVID19 testing mandatory for every passenger and crew member before every flight and now, we’re the first airline in the world with 100% vaccinated crew on board. Following the UAE Government’s target to vaccinate half of the UAE population by the end of March, Etihad is ahead of schedule with over 75% of its entire workforce already having received at least one dose of the vaccine. This figure will continue to grow as more employees step forward and choose to vaccinate.