MANILA, Philippines — Pre-COVID-19 (novel coronavirus illness 2019) sounds like a apart past to many of us now and scarcely all has changed, including reserve standards on how we keep all of a aircraft workable and protected around a hibernation period.
In a initial partial of a seven-series video on drifting post-COVID-19, AirAsia Chief Safety Officer, Captain Ling Liong Tien, provides some insights on what they are doing to safeguard that drifting continues to be protected when a skies re-open for all of us to transport again.
According to Capt. Ling, a company’s airlines within a AirAsia Group have difficult reserve government systems set up, and many importantly – are IOSA-certified (for a difference of AirAsia Japan, that is in a process). The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is a tellurian customary on operational reserve management.
The association has been concerned in several repatriations and charitable flights in a past dual months from destinations in China, India, Iran, Italy, a Philippines, Turkey, Cambodia and more.
“A lot of caring and suspicion go into scheming for these flights since there could be scenarios where guest that are evacuated from a sold pestilence section competence not be postulated entrance into a third nation should any diversions take place due to any variable or technical circumstances. So putting a moody devise together is an critical step, though that’s for another story,” Ling said.
Back to a measures we take to safeguard that all organisation and passengers on house are protected during these form of flights, here are some of a things we do:
- Mandatory amicable distancing
- Health checks and screening before a flight
- Disinfecting aircraft and baggage
- All organisation to enclose personal protecting equipment
- Pilots’ SOPs on moody and personal reserve in operations
- Ramp loaders personal insurance when loading baggage, and
- Engineering reserve when doing aircraft servicing and turnaround needs
“But above all, I’d like to give a large shoutout to all a organisation who were concerned in any and any repatriation / charitable moody for their scapegoat in doing their partial for their countries. You’re all heroes in my eyes.”
How mostly are your aircraft spotless / disinfected? How is it done?
“All of a aircraft go by unchanging disinfection procedures, that have been ramped adult and extended in light of what we’re confronting right now. The cleaning, sanitising and disinfecting products that we use to purify a aircraft are all authorized by a Public Health Authority as good as a aircraft manufacturer, that is Airbus in a case,” pronounced a captain.
All a procedures are finished in suitability with a Airbus Aircraft Maintenance Manual (AMM). At any night stop, any aircraft goes by a consummate two-hour cleaning procedure, in correspondence with instructions from health authorities. Usually, there’s a group of 5 – 6 people disinfecting any aircraft.
The group that coordinates all of this is a Maintenance Operation Controller (MOC), and here are a common stairs taken during any disinfection session:
Step 1: Aircrafts doors are to be opened
Step 2: Clean and dry a whole aspect area with purify cloth and water
Step 3: Aircraft to be ventilated (if required)
Step 4: All aircraft apparatus and furnishing (which embody a cockpit, galleys, lavatories, newcomer seating area, load compartment) will be purify with authorized chemical
Step 5: All clinical rubbish to be managed as per customary clinical dangerous rubbish procedures
Step 6: Disinfectant chemicals will be practical around gun-spray
How protected is a atmosphere inside a cabin of an aircraft?
“We get asked that a lot some-more than we think! We’d like to assure everybody that your reserve unequivocally is a top priority, and we are happy to share that all of a aircraft uses HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Arresters) aircraft filtration complement that filters 99.999% of dirt particles and airborne contaminants such as viruses and bacteria.”
Do we consider drifting will ever be a same again?
“A lot of a normal life has taken a ‘new normal’ turn. And drifting will usually be one of them. But that usually means that we are travelling with heightened stairs when it comes to reserve and health, that is good for everyone.”
What additional measures do travelers have to take given a stream situation?
“Yes, there are a few opposite measures that need to be enforced to make certain that both a employees and guest can transport safely. Most particularly would be a new process requiring all a guest to move and wear their possess masks before, during and after a flight, including during check in and bag collection. Guests but a facade will be denied boarding.
We also have a new cabin container process to promote amicable enmity generally during embarkation and disembarkation, we will usually concede ONE square of cabin container not surpassing 5 kg for any guest. This will assistance minimise neglected hit between we and another guest’s container and clamp versa. More sum are accessible here.
There will also be heat checks during opposite checkpoints, including boarding gates. And all of a organisation will also go by heat checks after any shift.
Of course, amicable enmity will need to be observed, so there will be building markers during queuing areas, including check-in counters kiosks. And another reserve prevision will be swap check-in counters to safeguard sufficient distance, and we are also operative to have contactless check-in processes as well.
While we are in a aircraft, you’ll be happy to know that all a cabin organisation will be wearing protecting apparatus including masks and gloves.
The dishes that we will be carrying onboard are constructed and finished hygienically following despotic food reserve requirements. All prolongation staff will frequently be monitored on COVID-19 guidelines. Aside from that, all cabin organisation doing menu equipment will wear disposable gloves.
Moreover, a cabin organisation are all lerned with procedures on how to conduct suspected patients or passengers who are indisposed onboard.
You can also design to fill adult health stipulation forms before or on attainment during your particular destinations. And many importantly, it is critical that we check your eligibility to transport before engagement your flights.”
According to a pilot, these will be their company’s “new normal” in a nearby future
“And of course, we wish that a conditions will gradually urge soon,” he said. “Safety is a many essential member of a aviation industry, and we will really continue to essay towards ensuring that this ever-important mode of connectivity meets all compulsory health and reserve standards for both a employees and a guests.”