Qatar Airways has further developed its onboard safety measures for passengers and cabin crew, having introduced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits for cabin crew and having reduced interactions between the passengers and staff.
The cabin crew has already been utilising PPE during flights for a number of weeks, including gloves and face masks. The staff will wear the PPE suit over uniforms, as well as safety goggles, gloves and masks.
From Monday, May 25, the Qatari carrier will require passengers to wear face coverings inflight and recommends that people bring their own for fit and comfort purposes
Business class meals will be served on a tray instead of a table set up and a cutlery wrap will be offered to travellers as an alternative to individual cutlery, to reduce contact between the crew and the passengers. In economy class, all meals and cutlery will be served sealed as usual.
Large bottles of hand sanitiser will be placed in the galleys to be used by cabin crew and passengers, while all social areas onboard the aircraft will be closed to observe social distancing measures.
Passengers in business class can enjoy the enhanced privacy the Qsuite, which offers sliding partitions and fully closing doors. Travellers can opt to use the ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator in their private suite if they wish to limit their interactions with the cabin crew.
Chief executive, Qatar Airways Group, HE Akbar Al Baker declared: “At Qatar Airways, we have introduced these additional safety measures onboard our flights to ensure the continued health and wellbeing of our passengers and cabin crew, and to limit the spread of coronavirus. As an airline, we maintain the highest possible hygiene standards to ensure that we can fly people home safely during this time and provide even greater reassurance that safety is our number one priority.
“Seeing as we are still flying the world’s largest international network by operating flights to more than 30 destinations around the world, and aiming to grow our network again in the coming months, these onboard safety measures will assist us in achieving our goals,” he concluded.