Qatar Airways crew has improvised to start wearing full Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) against COVID19:

22 May, 2020

Written by VOA

Qatar Airways crew dressed in PPE

 

Qatar Airways crew will now wear full protective suits on flights in an effort to “reassure” passengers of their safety against the novel coronavirus, the airline announced Monday.

Cabin crew had already been wearing masks and gloves, the airline said.

“Cabin crew will wear the PPE suit over their uniforms in addition to safety goggles, gloves and a mask to provide even greater reassurance to customers in addition to enhanced hygienic measures already in place,” Qatar Airways wrote in a press release.

“The airline now requires passengers from Monday, May 25, to wear face coverings inflight and recommends people bring their own for fit and comfort purposes,” it added.

Qatar Airways has been one of the few major airlines in the world with regular, scheduled flights as most countries imposed lockdowns and travel restrictions in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Major airlines are requiring passengers to wear face masks during flights to protect passengers and crew members against the coronavirus. Some are blocking middle seats to create spacing between passengers, as well as suspending snacks and beverage services to limit interaction. 

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One reckons checking the passengers and crew first if they are infected would indeed help the situation. Such sick passengers on the plane can then be isolated on their trip. This would help the receiving countries of these passengers to do what they have got to do. It is unfair indeed to turn these passenger airlines into COVID19 air ambulances when they are not at all! Humans have got to travel despite all the dangers of flying 5 miles up in the sky. It is unfortunate that these airlines are in panic unnecessarily all over this world! Passengers have been slaughtered en mass by aviation accidents since planes started flying passengers. 

 

 

 

 

 

A very SAD day for a 100 years old industry of AVIATION:

 

Virgin fires more than 3,000 people including 600 Pilots.

- Virgin Australia files for Bankruptcy.

-Thai Airways files bankruptcy.

- Air Mauritius goes into Administration.

- South African Airways Bankrupt.

- Finnair returns 12 planes and lays off 2,400 people.

- YOU grounds 22 planes and fires 4,100 people.

- Ryanair grounds 113 planes and gets rid of 900 pilots for the moment, 450 more in the coming months.

- Norwegian completely stops its long-haul activity!!! The 787s are returned to the lessors.

- SAS returns 14 planes and fires 520 pilots... The Scandinavian states are studying a plan to liquidate Norwegian and SAS to rebuild a new company from their ashes.

- Etihad cancels 18 orders for A350, grounds 10 A380 and 10 Boeing 787. Lays off 720 staff.

- Emirates grounds 38 A380s and cancels all orders for the Boeing 777x (150 aircraft, the largest order for this type). They "invite" all employees over 56 to retire

- Wizzair returns 32 A320s and lays off 1,200 people, including 200 pilots, another wave of 430 layoffs planned in the coming months. Remaining employees will see their wages reduced by 30%.

- IAG (British Airways’ parent company) abandons the takeover of Air Europa (and will pay €40 million compensation for that).

- IAG (Iberia) grounds 56 planes.

- IAG (British Airways) grounds 34 planes. Everyone over 58 to retire.

- Luxair reduces its fleet by 50% (and associated redundancies)

- CSA abolishes its long-haul sector and keeps only 5 medium-haul aircraft.

- Eurowings goes into Bankruptcy

- Brussels Airline reduces its fleet by 50% (and associated redundancies).

- Lufthansa plans to ground 72 aircraft (in 2 instalments).

- Hop is studying the possibility of reducing fleet and staff by 50%.

Additional info:

Currently, 60 new aircraft stored at Airbus with no buyers in sight (order cancellations) including 18 A350s.

They forecast a minimum of 8,000 grounded planes by September. With an average of 5.8 crews per plane (medium and long haul combined), that would make more than 90,000 unemployed pilots worldwide

The Air Transport Industry is on Life Support !