Emirates airline and tech giant GE join hands to help passengers schedule pre-travel covid tests


With travel restrictions in place across the globe, dark clouds of covid covered the aviation sector, and carriers across the globe struggled to stay afloat. But while Emirati airlines weren’t immune to losses, support from the regime and inflow of tourists resuming within months helped aviation brands Etihad and Emirates navigate through the pandemic gloom.

Although a recovery is on the horizon, airlines are being cautious following a recent surge in infection in the Middle East, which has triggered new restrictions. Dubai-based airline Emirates, along with global tech major GE, has launched an app to propel its bid for winning passenger confidence by ensuring compliance to norms.

The duo have collaborated to test a platform TrustOne, which assists travelers looking to schedule covid PCR tests ahead of their flight at affordable rates. Different destinations have different travel requirements for visitors and returning citizens, and the app helps fliers with last minute measures to ensure they get all the clearances they need.

TrustOne recommends approved labs close to passengers, which helps them secure negative results even hours before taking off from UAE. Having lab chain Eurofins as a partner means that app users can also get discounts on PCR tests at Eurofins’ facilities.

Emirates and its regional peer Etihad are also major aviation brands which have experimented with virtual covid passports. The initiative by the global aviation regulator allows users to get tests results on smartphones and share them with airline officials as well as authorities in the country they are traveling to.

Although passengers will still need to produce a document with their test results for now, the app plans to roll out digital verification via smartphones at airports.

The trial comes shortly after SimplyGo tested an app in UAE, which keeps airlines and border officials updated about info on covid results of passengers.

In another major step towards ensuring safety of fliers, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad airlines has achieved vaccination of its entire crew.

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