AirAsia has a new uniform designed specifically to protect flight attendants and passengers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The new personal protective equipment suits, as they have been described, were reportedly designed as part of a collaboration with Filipino fashion designer Puey Quiñones.
The new uniforms, which are red to match the airline’s logo, have face shields, hoods and long pants and sleeves to fully protect the wearer. According to California-based Quiñones, the suits are made of a “breathable, yet sturdy material” and were launched on a recovery flight from Bangkok to Manila on Friday.
The design has reportedly been approved by the Philippines’ Department of Health.
A representative for AirAsia was not immediately available to confirm if the uniform will be rolling out across all flights once it reopens domestic travel starting later this month and into May, or for how long the new outfit will be worn by flight attendants.
This is a large turn from previous uniforms from the Malaysian budget liner.
In 2018, AirAsia was criticized by a Malaysian senator, among others, for being too revealing.
As Air Asia steps up its PPE for flight crew, flight attendants in the United States are outraged with packed flights and lack of protective gear.