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Mon, 8 June 2020

Singapore Airlines Implements Range of Health and Safety Initiatives

Frequently voted the best airline in the world, what does a carrier with such an enviable reputation as Singapore Airlines do to ensure the safety and wellbeing of crew and passengers, and how does it go about rebuilding confidence as travel restrictions begin to be lifted.

In recent weeks, Singapore Airlines has implemented a range of health and safety initiatives, and enhanced several existing measures, as part of a comprehensive review of the end-to-end customer journey.

Information on the health and safety measures during the pre-flight stage, at the airport, on board the aircraft, and upon arrival is available in a new online e-brochure. This will also be sent to all customers before their flights.

Singapore Airlines Chief Executive Officer, Goh Choon Phong, said, These initiatives help to ensure that, amid the COVID19 outbreak, our industry-leading health and safety standards remain an integral part of SIAs world-class service promise. This allows our customers to travel with us with full confidence, knowing that we have taken the necessary steps to safeguard their well-being throughout their journey. We are also working on a variety of new digital solutions that would further enhance the customer experience, as well as support our health and safety initiatives. These will allow SIA to better meet the evolving expectations of our customers during these times.

Singapore Airlines aircraft at Changi Airport. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

SIA has stepped up the cleaning procedures at all premises, including its SilverKris Lounges.

Customers can now enjoy a la carte meals instead of a buffet service in the lounges, where SIA staff wear masks all the time and gloves when necessary.

Every SIA Group aircraft undergoes an enhanced cleaning process before a flight. This includes aircraft fogging procedures that follow regulatory requirements. Common surfaces and areas such as windows, tray tables, handsets, in-flight entertainment screens, lavatories and galleys are wiped down with an approved strong disinfectant. Headsets, headrest covers, pillow covers, bedsheets, and blankets are also washed and replaced after every flight.

Ceiling-to-floor air flow patterns within the cabin help to limit the spread of viruses and bacteria. The air is also refreshed every two to three minutes. Every aircraft in the groups fleet is equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters, which remove more than 99.9% of particles including airborne viruses and bacteria.

Almost all lavatories in SIA aircraft feature contactless faucets and have anti-bacterial hand wash. SIA is also looking at a trial of an ultra-violet (UVC) light cleaning procedure on the ground for its lavatories before every flight.

From today, 8 June 2020, all airlines in the SIA Group will provide passengers with a Care Kit that includes a surgical mask, anti- bacterial hand wipes and a hand sanitiser.

All newspapers, magazines and seatback literature has been removed from SIAs aircraft. The SingaporeAir mobile app provides access to more than 150 international newspapers, magazines and other reading material.

The airline also offers an app which allows customers to control KrisWorld, SIAs in-flight entertainment (IFE) system, via their mobile devices.

Cabin crew will wear face masks throughout the flight, with the additions of eye goggles when interacting with customers and gloves during the meal service.

SIA has modified its in-flight food and beverage service to reduce the risk of contact for both our customers and crew members.

 Meal services have been suspended for flights within South East Asia and services to Mainland China due to regulatory reasons. Snack bags are provided to customers instead.

On long-haul flights, a single tray service has been introduced in First Class and Business Class in place of a table layout service. To boost the in-flight dining experience during this period, SIA is progressively reintroducing customer favourites such as the airlines signature satay and garlic bread from mid-June 2020. The airline is also in talks with  regulators on how it can resume a course-by-course dining experience.

The Future

Digital food ordering services in the lounges and an in-flight e-menu will be introduced in the coming months.

The SingaporeAir mobile app is also being enhanced to provide customers with more information about the travel and health restrictions across SIA's network. This will be personalised according to their booking.

The company is working on a Print-n-Go solution, which would allow customers to print their boarding passes and baggage tags at airport self-service kiosks in a contactless way via the SingaporeAir Mobile App or a QR code.

To provide more reassurance to customers, Singapore Airlines has revised its global waiver policy to offer bonus flight credits or provide refunds to those who prefer that option. SIA has also extended the validity of KrisFlyer and PPS statuses, as well as the expiry dates for miles.

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