NewsMay 19, 2020

Qatar Airways Cabin Crew to Wear PPE Gear During Flights

Qatar Airways has announced that they are introducing personal protective equipment (PPE) suits for the cabin crew during flights. This is to reduce the interactions between the passengers and crews during COVID-19 pandemic. According to the airline, the crew will wear PPE suits over their uniforms in addition to safety goggles, gloves and masks. The precautions are meant to provide greater assurance of safety to their customers.

Furthermore, the airline also implemented additional health and safety measures onboard their flights to assure passenger health and safety:

  • All social areas onboard the aircraft have been closed to observe social distancing measures.
  • In economy, all meals and cutlery are served sealed as usual.
  • In business class meals will be served on a tray instead of a table set up, and a cutlery wrap will be offered to passengers as an alternative to individual cutlery service, in an effort to reduce contact between the crew and the passengers.
  • Bottles of hand sanitizer will be placed in the galleys and made available for both cabin crew and passengers.

Since the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic, the airline has been regularly disinfecting all their aircrafts using cleaning products recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Moreover, Qatar Airways implemented advanced air filtration systems in their aircrafts equipped with industrial-size HEPA filters that remove 99.97 per cent of viral and bacterial contaminants from re-circulated air, providing the most effective protection against infection for their passengers.

Qatar Airways is the national flag carrier of Qatar, flying more than 160 destinations in 82 countries. However, the airline has temporarily reduced its flight operations due to the pandemic.