Low-cost carrier AirAsia is joining the fight against COVID-19. The Malaysian airlines recently launched PPE suits to be worn by its cabin crew as added protection for both flight attendants and passengers during their scheduled recovery flights.
Rendered in AirAsia’s signature red hot color, the suits were crafted by Filipino designer Puey Quiñones. “AirAsia launches PPEs to protect its cabin crews. Designed by me,” he posted on Instagram. Puey, who’s based in Los Angeles, is currently in Manila and has been working on PPE suits for local medical frontliners as well.
Made out of breathable yet sturdy material approved by the Philippines’ Department of Health, AirAsia’s suits were first used during a recovery flight from Bangkok to Manila last April 24.
Sheila Romero, Vice Chairman of AirAsia Philippines has praised the design’s “chic and sporty” style, likening it to those worn by F1 race car drivers. "This fusion of fashion and safety will define the new standards of flying today,” she adds in a statement. “The PPE is comfortable because it is not too thick and heavy yet it serves its purpose…At the same time, the PPE is designed to announce that we are proudly AirAsia, and we will rise from this pandemic. I want to boost the morale of our staff when they wear this new uniform.”
AirAsia is scheduled to resume domestic flights in Malaysia on April 29, followed by Thailand on May 1, India on May 4, and Indonesia on May 7. However, these remain subject to approval from each country’s respective authorities.
Domestic flights in the Philippines, which were originally set to continue this May 1, have all been cancelled along with international flights until May 15, 2020. The announcement came after the Philippine government extended the lockdown in Luzon and parts of the country.
Apart from AirAsia, Philippine Airlines had previously also introduced PPE suits for their cabin crew. Designed by Edwin Tan, the suits are made out of all-white material while bearing the colors of the Philippine flag on the left shoulder.
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