AirAsia joins the league, passenger aircraft turns cargo during COVID-19 crisis

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AirAsia Philippines has mounted at least six chartered cargo flights to the capital and chief city, Manila, since last weekend in support of emergency response initiatives in the country.

Transported goods include over 600 boxes of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) amounting to over 3,000 kilograms from Shenzhen, China. Essential food items, such as tropical fish, amounting to nearly 5,000 kilograms were also brought to Manila from Bali, Indonesia.

AirAsia has directed its resources to transporting cargo in view of travel restrictions following the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon, including other parts of the country.

“Air cargo is vital in the fight against COVID-19. We have been coordinating with our partners to ensure essential equipment and supplies reach their destinations, especially in areas that need it the most. These equipment and supplies are increasingly becoming critical as the demand for these surges,” AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said.

“We are proud of our digital logistics team, Teleport, who are part of the frontlines amidst this global health crisis and who ensure that time-sensitive materials like food and other products are transported without delay,” Isla added

AirAsia Philippines’ aircraft have been maximised to carry cargo in its cabin, aside from its belly, in compliance with standards provided by relevant authorities, including the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines and Airbus.

Cargo boxes well secured using nets and safety harnesses

Boxes of cargo were safely stowed in overhead compartments, as well as on and underneath passenger seats. Safety harnesses and nets were installed in the cabin to secure all cargo.

More special cargo flights are being arranged as required in coordination with various private and public organisations.

Teleport works closely with the airline arm of AirAsia to serve its cargo and digital logistics requirements.

AirAsia imposes strict standards for passenger and baggage carriage in compliance with local governments, civil aviation authorities, global and local health agencies including the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The carrier is closely monitoring this situation and reserves the right to announce further policies according to the latest developments.

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