AirAsia Introduces PPE Suits for Cabin Crew in Collaboration with Filipino Designer

AirAsia Introduces PPE Suits for Cabin Crew in Collaboration with Filipino Designer
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Low-cost carrier AirAsia has introduced new personal protective equipment (PPE) for its cabin crews to be used as flights resume in the coming days in the region.

Designed in collaboration with Filipino fashion designer Puey Quiñones, the PPE suits, which were launched last Friday (April 24) during a recovery flight from Bangkok to Manila, embrace the airline's signature red-hot colour and have reportedly been approved by the Philippines' Department of Health.

According to Quiñones' Instagram account, the Los Angeles-based designer has been busy designing and manufacturing PPE suits for hospitals as well as brands such as AirAsia following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

“It was first used in a recent recovery flight and a further assessment of the design is under way,” AirAsia said to Channel News Asia.

On Monday, AirAsia’s chief safety officer Ling Liong Tien said that some of the measures the airline has adopted for repatriation and humanitarian flights include the use of PPE by cabin crew.

Flight attendants will be required to wear the PPE on all of the carrier's domestic and international flights.

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On April 17, AirAsia announced it is set to resume scheduled domestic flights commencing with Malaysia on Wednesday (April 29), followed by Thailand on Friday (May 1), India (May 4), Indonesia (May 7) and the Philippines (May 16), subject to approval from authorities.

cabin crew will also adopt similar additional measures, according to Captain Ling.

"While you are in the aircraft, you’ll be happy to know that all our cabin crew will be wearing protective equipment including masks and gloves," he said on AirAsia's website.

Other measures AirAsia will adopt as flights resume, according to Captain Ling, include having travellers wear their own masks before, during and after the flight - as well as at check-in counters and baggage carousels.

“Guests without a mask will be denied boarding,” he said.

Source : Channel News Asia  | The Straits Times | The Jakarta Post | Asia News Network

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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