According to The Star, the cabin crew of AirAsia will be dressed head to toe in personal protective equipment (PPE) boiler suits with matching medical mask, protective visor, and disposable gloves.
They recently introduced these protective measures as domestic flights will be resumed in Malaysia on 29 April. Flight attendants will be required to wear the PPE on all of the carrier’s domestic and international flights.
Designed in collaboration with Los Angeles-based Filipino fashion designer Puey Quiñones, the PPE was launched last Friday, 24 April during a recovery flight from Bangkok to Manila. While it’s not the alluring look we’re used to, it still embraces the airline’s signature red-hot colour and has reportedly been approved by the Philippines’ Department of Health.
According to Quiñones’ Instagram account, this is not his first run in designing boiler suits as he has been busy working with hospitals as well as other brands following the outbreak of coronavirus.
An AirAsia spokeswoman said that “It is the responsibility of each one of us to flatten the curve”.
“The PPE is designed to announce that we are proudly AirAsia, and we will rise from this pandemic. We want to boost the morale of our staff when they wear this new uniform… We like that it’s chic and sporty-similar to what Formula One race car drivers wear. This fusion of fashion and safety will define the new standards of flying today,” she continued.
As long as everyone is protected, these new (and let’s hope–temporary) PPE suits are good to go!
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