Kiwis who have dreamed of sitting in business class are about to get a shot.
Air New Zealand will transform one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliner jets into a vaccine clinic on Saturday, the national vaccination day, where the New Zealand government hopes to vaccinate as many kiwis as possible.
COVID-19 Defense Secretary Chris Hipkins teased some plans for the day, which was called “Super Saturday” during a news conference Wednesday, including the national airline’s engagement.
The Dreamliner-facing vaccine clinic will be located at Auckland Airport.
“I’m told people will be vaccinated in business class before waiting their time for economy class with snacks,” he said.
Air New Zealand later confirmed that Dreamliner ‘Jabaseat’ will join Super Saturday.
“We know the Aucklanders have been doing hard lately and we hope that the idea of boarding an international flight for the first time in a long time will lift some spirits – while encouraging people to protect themselves,” “said Chief of Operational Integrity and Security Officer David Morgan.
Other initiatives included vaccination caravans traveling up and down the country, and the Ministry of Conservation used its four-wheel drive and boats to distribute the plug to people in remote areas.
This month, Air New Zealand announced that it was introducing a “no jab, no fly” policy for international travel. The policy, which would require all incoming and outgoing passengers aged 18 and over to be fully vaccinated, enters into force on 1 February.
The airline has said it is reviewing whether the same policy would be implemented for domestic flights.
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