By: Mond Ortiz
Protective Personal Equipment otherwise known as PPE comes in different form and style. I have seen some of our medical frontliners wear "Money Heist" inspired PPEs and some even wore colorful ones. Flight attendants are frontliners too as they face and deal directly with passengers, hence, airlines like Philippine Airlines and AirAsia saw the immediate need to provide their cabin crew with such protective gear.
PAL and AirAsia simply did not just want to provide their cabin crew with just any common looking PPE, they wanted these to be stylish as well. With the present situation of the CoviD-19 where no vaccine is available yet, flight attendants would need this extra protection for the upcoming months, thus, making PPEs their "new normal" uniform.
PAL and AirAsia's regular cabin crew uniforms are already stylish by themselves but with PPE on top, this can no longer be seen. The best way to make their flight attendants look stylish even when they are in PPEs? Give these PPEs some style!
PAL was the first airline in the world to come up with cabin crew designer PPEs, designed by fashion designer Edwin Tan. It came in three different designs for flight stewards (male cabin crew), flight attendants (female cabin crew), and flight pursers. The gown design completely compliments the face shield, mask and gloves. These stylish cabin crew PPEs made the worldwide media, including globally renowned aviation media sites like Simple Flying.
PAL is also the second airline in the world to provide PPEs for their cabin crew, next to Eva Air. Flyhigh Manila was first to broadcast this wherein the "sana all" comments and share captions flowed in.
AirAsia Philippines was next to come up with stylish PPEs for their cabin crew, designed by Los Angeles based Puey Quinones. This quickly set world aviation media ablaze, talking about these stylish "new normal" uniforms including global aviation sites like The Points Guy.
While a few other airlines around the world decided to just have a plain looking but very functional PPE for their cabin crew, PAL and AirAsia did go out of the way to give these PPEs some style, reflective or the airline's branding.
Before we forget though, the AirAsia PPEs are for Philippines AirAsia cabin crew presently. I am not sure if other AirAsia subsidiaries would also be wearing the same PPE design but as far as I know, PAA is the first to have these designer PPEs.
PAL and AirAsia Philippines became the talk of the aviation world with their stylish PPEs, thus, setting a new trend in the middle of this CoviD-19 crisis.
Last but not least, these PPEs are not just stylish. More importantly, they function and are comfortable enough for the cabin crew to carry out their duties and role in the cabin.
Congratulations once again PAL and AirAsia! More importantly, thank you for considering the health and wellness of your cabin crew as a top priority in the middle of this pandemic.