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Air New Zealand to transform Boeing 787 into vaccination clinic for special ‘Jabaseat’ flight

Air New Zealand is transforming a 787 Dreamliner into a vaccination clinic ahead of a nationwide push to get Kiwis vaccinated.

The airline shared a post on LinkedIn inviting New Zealanders who have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccine to register for a special ‘Jabaseat’ flight at Auckland airport.

According to the post, those who manage to nab one of the limited appointments will not only get vaccinated, but they will also get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of an aircraft hangar, tour Air New Zealand’s Business Premier cabin, enjoy free inflight snacks and receive a special boarding pass to commemorate the event.


Chris Hipkins, New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister, said vaccinations will take place in business class, followed by spending the recommended waiting time in economy munching on inflight snacks, according to Stuff.

“We know Aucklanders have been doing it tough recently and we hope the idea of boarding an international aircraft for the first time in a long while will lift some spirits – while also encouraging people to protect themselves,” Captain David Morgan, the airline’s chief operational integrity and safety officer, told Stuff.

The event is part of the country’s national Vaccination Day, which will take place this Saturday in an effort to boost vaccine numbers.

The Kiwi carrier will introduce a ‘no jab, no fly’ policy for all passengers aged over 18 from 1 February 2022. Anyone who can’t prove they have been vaccinated will need to show proof they were unable to due to medical reasons.


Featured image source: LinkedIn/Air New Zealand



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