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.