ASIATODAY.ID, JAKARTA – As one of the very few airlines that has remained in operation throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Qatar Airways continues to perform for 2020 as it rebuilds its global network. With a mission to maintain connectivity worldwide to bring people home safely, the airline has proven to be the reliable airline customers can trust and rely on.
Since the onset of COVID-19 in February, Qatar Airways have taken over 2.8 million passengers home safely, carrying over 130,000 passengers to and from Indonesia. Below are Qatar Airways’ key milestone achievements during this pandemic period:
* Flown more than 237 million kilometres
* Operated over 47,000 flights
* Operated over 430 special charter flights, carrying almost 120,000 passengers
* Qatar Airways’ over 1.3 billion revenue passenger kilometres (RPK) during the month of April accounted for 17.8% of the global market
* Maintained no fewer than 30 global destinations at the peak of the pandemic
* Carried over 250,000 tonnes of medical supplies and aid, equivalent to roughly 2,500 Boeing 777 freighters
* Provided 100,000 free tickets to medical professionals and 21,000 free tickets to teaching professionals around the world
* Qatar Airways has paid out over USD 1.2 billion in refunds to almost 600,000 passengers since March
As the aviation leader pushing for the recovery of the travel industry, Qatar Airways currently operates to over 100 destinations. In addition to resuming routes paused during the pandemic, the airline also added newly-launched destinations such as Brisbane, Toronto, Cebu, Accra and San Francisco, further expanding its network in aid of global travel recovery.
“Qatar Airways is proud to be one of the key airlines responsible for global repatriation during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing important connectivity worldwide to bring people home safely,” said Dato’ Muzammil Mohamed, Qatar Airways Regional Manager for Asean.
“Having operated throughout the pandemic also makes Qatar Airways experienced in implementing the best onboard hygiene measures in the industry, making us a very safe and reliable airline to fly with. Qatar Airways has been steadfast in rebuilding our network, and we remain positive in the recovery of the travel industry.”
Furthermore, Qatar Airways has also taken stringent hygiene measures onboard aircraft and at Hamad International Airport (HIA) to safeguard both passengers’ and crew’s safety and well-being, which remains as the airline’s top priority. Among safety and hygiene practices adopted by the airline include:
* Maintaining 1.5m physical distancing across all passenger touchpoints at HIA,
* Regular disinfection using cleaning products recommended by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and World Health Organization (WHO)
* Industrial-size HEPA filters that remove 99.97% of viral and bacterial contaminants
* First global carrier to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System, further advancing hygiene measures onboard
* Passengers and cabin crew are equipped with the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and complimentary protective kit and disposable face shields
* Meals onboard are altered to adhere to strictest hygiene standards for maximum safety. (AT Network)