Singapore Airlines has announced plans to have a fleet-wide vaccination programme in 2020.
The airline’s group chief executive Goh Choon Phong made the announcement at the Singapore Airshow, stating that by then, the carrier would have immunised all of its crew members before they became assigned to fly, in order to reduce potential losses caused by contagious cases.
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According to Goh, such measures could become part of everyday behaviour for the airline as it pushes to fulfil a 2020 goal of flying with a 3 per cent carbon footprint.
According to Goh, the airline estimated that the programme would result in a reduction of 3.2 million tonnes of carbon emissions by 2030.
The airline also recently partnered with IVAX Pharma for a vaccine-making facility in order to test and develop vaccines that meet the airline’s long-term carbon emissions target.
A Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200-Pacific aircraft. Image: DAVID CHOO/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock
Singapore Airlines, an archipelago state on Southeast Asia’s island state of Singapore, is a respected carrier with a client base across the globe.
It’s already estimated that the global health budget in the Asia-Pacific region is expected to reach $5.5 trillion by 2025, meaning maintaining a high safety rating is key in maintaining its position as a global airline.