Wednesday, April 29, 2020

AirAsia Philippines tries PPE suits for cabin crew, no decision on group-wide usage yet

AirAsia Philippines has launched a customised personal protective equipment as a uniform for its cabin crew as part of a trial run and is assessing whether a group-wide usage of PPEs for cabin crew will be possible for the airline.

"AirAsia Philippines initiated a trial run of a customized PPE design. It was first used in a recent recovery flight and a further assessment of the design is underway," an AirAsia India spokesperson said.

AirAsia India is a joint venture between Tata sons and AirAsia Berhad. The budget carrier controls about 7% marker share in the domestic aviation market.

The customised PPE wear for the cabin crew has been designed by Filipino fashion designer Puey QuiƱones. Calling the PPE wear the "new normal", Puey QuiƱones said on his social media platform of Instagram that the airline has launched PPEs to protect its cabin crew.

It is not clear if the airline will finalise the PPE as a uniform for its cabin crew. However, gloves and masks will be worn by the cabin crew.

"All cabin crew will be in protective equipment including masks and gloves. Cabin crew handling menu items will wear disposable gloves. Cabin crew are well trained to assist with any medical situation in-flight including identification and isolation of anyone onboard who may feel unwell," Malaysia-based AirAsia said in a statement separately on April 28.
Airlines across the world are taking steps to ensure the safety of their crew members and passengers. Since an aircraft has a limited space for social distancing, airlines are opting for more disciplined usage of safety equipment such as gloves, masks to ensure hygiene.

US-based airline JetBlue has made it compulsory for its passengers to wear face masks during the entire travel journey, Indian airlines are also in the process of finalising a standard operating procedure in consultation with the government regarding flying rules during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Separately, Malaysia-based AirAsia Berhad, the parent organisation of AirAsia Philippines, has also decided to make masks compulsory for passengers and has said that it will deny boarding to passengers if they travel without a mask.
29/04/20 Anu Sharma/CNBC TV18
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