Wearing a mask is important during this pandemic period, and Garuda Indonesia looks to convey that by getting its aircraft to wear one too. The airline has launched a special livery that appears as a mask on the front of the aircraft.
In a social media post, Garuda showed its latest mask design placed on the aircraft, which is according to the theme "Indonesian pride". The design aims to feature the richness of cultural diversity and natural charm of Indonesia by displaying the Balinese Barong motif, a symbol of temple exoticism, a typical Indonesian Komodo fauna icon, as well as various representations of cultural wealth and other national natural charms.
According to the caption on the post, the design is the work of Jailani, the winner of the first stage of the "Fly Your Design Through The Sky" competition. The livery design competition is held via social media, and the best designs selected will be implemented on Garuda's aircrafts. The aircrafts with the special livery will serve domestic flight routes as well as international flight routes, including to Singapore and Japan.
Two weeks earlier, Garuda unveiled its first mask livery, which features a plain design. In its Twitter post, the airline said it took 60 people and 120 hours to create the livery, and urged Indonesians to be part of the initiative by always committing to wear a mask. It also posted a video to show how the livery was created.
Ada 60 orang dan 120 jam agar pesawat Neo dapat menggunakan masker! Jadilah bagian dengan selalu berkomitmen menggunakan masker. Tunjukkan kreativitas terbaik Anda dalam mendesain masker untuk 4 livery pesawat lainnya! Cek S&K lengkapnya di bio Instagram GA #AyoPakaiMasker pic.twitter.com/oQnYdvodTZ— Garuda Indonesia (@IndonesiaGaruda) October 1, 2020
Irfan Setiaputra, president and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, said he hopes Garuda's efforts can increase public awareness of implementing health protocol, especially through wearing a mask in daily activities. “It is an honor for us to become the first national airline in Indonesia with the special mask livery on our aircraft. This is also in line with our commitment in prioritising passenger safety and comfort during the new normal era, especially in ensuring that all health protocols are implemented optimally and consistently in all lines of flight operations," he added.
Additionally, Garuda has implemented other measures to ensure safety in all its flight operational lines. These include physical distancing between passengers, the use of personal protective equipment for cabin crew, meals provided in mono use packaging, frequent disinfection of the aircraft cabin, and educating its passengers about the air filtration system in aircraft which can filter dust, particles, and virus up to 99.97%.
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