By: Flyhigh Manila Staff
Despite suspending regular scheduled passenger services due to the drop in passenger air travel demand brought by the CoviD-19 crisis, Philippine Airlines continues to operate special repatriation flights to ferry back stranded tourists and to fly home Filipinos longing to be with their families during these times.
In this time of pandemic, protective gear are needed for all frontliners and this include the frontliners in the sky, our flight crew. While pilots have their own protective gear also, it is the cabin crew exposed to the passengers at most times for more than 10 hours on a long haul flight. PAL, setting its priority on the safety of the whole flight, has then provided all their cabin crew with Personal Protective Equipment or PPEs to protect them from contracting the dreaded CoviD-19.
According to PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna, "the immediate need for personal protective gear for our cabin crew assigned to special flights prompted several producers of these garments to collaborate with Philippine Airlines. While these garments serve primarily to protect our crew, having the right fit is essential to enable them to carry out their functions with ease. Fit and function have indeed been achieved."
Fashion designer Edwin Tan's PPE designs for PAL cabin crew elicit a high-level of excitement, immersing together all elements of protection, comfort, and style in which the airline's branding is infused. Full protection was not the only factor, but it must also be comfortable enough for the cabin crew to carry-on their duties on board effectively. It must be stylish as well. There must be a balance between form and function.
Edwin Tan says, "The detail is a subtle branding for PAL. We didn’t have time to print or embroider so we came up with the idea of mimicking or reworking the ‘flag’ logo of PAL."
"We used a non-porous material for the PPEs. A material with substantial weight to give it a better fall than generic PPEs," he adds.
"The cabin crew uniform for flights this 'Season' will showcase various looks, designs and colors. Eventually, a single, branded 'look' will fill up our flights this 'Season'. Stay tuned" said Villaluna.
While our frontliners in the sky do deserve the best protection, they also deserve the best in design! Congrats Philippine Airlines on the awesome PPEs and more importantly, for putting the welfare of your crew as top priority while always answering the call of duty to fly people to their 'homes'!
So what do you think of PAL's cabin crew PPEs?