1 September 2021
AirAsia Group is ready to fly with its operating crew and frontline staff 100 percent vaccinated.
And that is just part of the story with the airline group having a host of contactless safety and hygiene measures in place to ensure the highest standards are maintained ahead of a resumption of air travel.
Group CEO Tony Fernandes said “we are ready to fly and as part of our strict safety policy we are mandating that all of our operating crew and frontline staff serving guests, including pilots, cabin crew, and airport staff are fully vaccinated to return to work.
“We’ve always been about the people and it doesn’t just stop with our own Allstars (employees). With stringent health and hygiene protocols and robust standard operating procedures, guests can be assured of a 360-degree peace of mind when traveling with us again.
“The acceleration of vaccines in all of our key markets is setting us up for a strong return to the skies. More than 50 percent of the adult population in Malaysia is now fully vaccinated, and Malaysia is tracking to have at least 80 percent of its population vaccinated by the end of 2021. We are also seeing promising progress in Singapore, Korea, and the Philippines.
“More than 50 countries in the world have begun to welcome vaccinated travelers again. As ASEAN accelerates the vaccination effort, we are hopeful that countries will soon ease travel restrictions for vaccinated travelers for both domestic and international travel and will resume plans for travel bubbles.
“Thanks to vaccines being aggressively rolled out in all of our key markets, better testing and education, the end is in sight and I’m hopeful we will be able to return to the skies in the near future. Importantly, we are fully prepared and ready for take-off,” Mr. Fernandes said.
The AirAsia Group was one of the first airlines worldwide to achieve the top 7/7 rating for being Covid-19 ready by Airlineratings.com.
All of the airlines in the Group are IOSA accredited which is the global benchmark for upholding the highest safety standards says the AirAsia Group.
AirAsia says it has used downtime in flying to implement robust procedures and innovations to make flying even safer and more hygienic than ever.
A new check-in feature enables guests to verify any required medical documents in real-time online before heading to the airport and the airline Group is in the process of rolling out biometric facial recognition technology at key ports commencing with klia2 in the near future.
AirAsia will soon have its check-in system integrated with the Malaysian government’s MySejahtera digital health app to enable a seamless and hassle-free check-in procedure.
“With all the uncertainties Covid-19 has provided, one thing I am sure of is that we will return to the skies soon with a more robust and viable business model which isn’t solely reliant on airfares alone as our digital transformation to become the ASEAN super app of choice is now fast becoming a reality,” added Tan Sri Tony.