Qatar Airways introduces new onboard PPE for passengers and crew

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Qatar Airways has introduced new personal protective equipment (PPE) for customers and cabin crew, including face shields and protective kits to all passengers, and a new protective gown for cabin crew.

The disposable face shield is available in two standard sizes – one for adults and one for children. The children’s face shields feature the airline’s Oryx Kids Club mascots as part of their design. Passengers travelling from Hamad International Airport (HIA) will receive their face shields at the check-in counters, whereas at other destinations, the face shields will be distributed at the boarding gates.

Children under two years of age are not advised to wear face shields and face masks or coverings. During boarding and disembarkation, all passengers will be required to wear their face mask or covering as well as the face shield.

Onboard, all Qatar Airways passengers will be provided with a complimentary protective kit inside a ziplock pouch containing a single-use surgical face mask, large disposable powder-free gloves and an alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel. Business Class customers are also offered an additional 75 ml sanitiser gel tube.

Qatar Airways has also introduced new disposable protective gowns for cabin crew that are fitted over their uniforms, in addition to safety glasses, gloves and a mask. The new branded gowns are personalised with Qatar Airways’ logo imprinted on the top left corner.

Finnair distributes ‘Clean Kit’

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As of the beginning of July, Finnair has begun providing passengers with a new ‘Clean Kit’, containing a hand sanitiser, surface wipes, and an information leaflet packaged within an envelope that acts as a waste container.

Karim Al-Soufi, Finnair Vice President of Customer Experience, said: “Travelling with Finnair will feel different than before, with changes to our services and new types of procedures in place, such as the mandatory use of a mask on our flights.”

The kit has a special sustainable focus and features artwork by Finnish artist Reeta Ek. The paper product has been sourced using sustainable Finnish forestry fibers and the hand sanitiser has been supplied by Kyrö distillery. Better known for their award-winning world-famous gin, Kyrö changed its production focus to hand sanitiser to help combat COVID-19.

To prevent the coronavirus transmission, the wearing of masks by all customers and crew will continue to be mandatory throughout the entire journey, except during dining.

Customers are requested to ensure they bring enough masks for their journey, however, a limited supply will be available onboard upon request.

“We are delighted to be able to bring back familiar elements of our valued customer service while still taking good care of the hygiene and safety of our customers and staff.”

During July and August, the airline’s in-flight service will expand with coffee, tea, juice and water being served in economy class on short European routes (such as to Stockholm) and on Finnish domestic services.

On longer European flights, customers will be served a biscuit or a sandwich, depending on the length of the route. On long-haul flights, Finnair’s service returns closer to normal in both Economy Class and Business Class. However, the range of special meals and alcoholic beverages is still limited.

To limit the exposure of surface to touch, Finnair has also temporarily reduced the size of permitted hand luggage for customers. The new dimensions of hand luggage (55 cm x 40 cm x 23 cm) has been slightly reduced from 56 cm x 45 cm x 25 cm.

Economy Class carry-on baggage allowance is for one piece of hand luggage and a small personal item with dimensions of 40 cm x 30 cm x 15 cm. The total weight of hand luggage and personal belongings may not exceed 8 kg.

Business Class customers will notice a slight change with up to two pieces of hand luggage allowed to now include one personal item, such as a handbag, with a total weight of up to 10 kg.

Formia Clean Kit

FORMIA launches Clean Kit range

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Formia Clean Kit

FORMIA has introduced a new range of Clean Kits to support the health, safety and wellbeing of airline passengers.

The new Clean Kit range has been developed with quality Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and sanitiser products which comply with international safety standards and regulations, to ensure passengers are protected throughout their journey.

All products are available as own-branded or in collaboration with a choice of trusted brands to provide a comprehensive selection with the flexibility to be adapted to suit airlines’ requirements.

The range has been designed with individually sealed products for added safety, and presented in a durable pouch with customisable options for airline branding.

“We understand that airline passengers’ needs are changing, and with this our focus is to deliver relevant and timely solutions to support and protect their needs. Our new Clean Kit range has been created to ensure the health and wellbeing of travellers remains the priority. We are pleased to be able to offer airline customers added value with quality, tailor-made solutions for their needs, ”commented Philipp Wendschuh, FORMIA’s Chief Commercial Officer.

Kaelis PPE platform

Collaboration enables online PPE platform to manage supply chain

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Kaelis PPE platform

Kaelis has helped launch a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) online platform to expedite  the supply-chain process.

Having spent the past month re-purposing its resources to supply PPE globally, Kaelis has partnered with Neurored, S4G Consulting, several Logistics Partners and Global Payment Network Veem to offer a Salesforce.com-based secure and encrypted online platform to its customers.

Corporations, NGOs, Healthcare and Government Institutions can now place, pay and track their orders online directly in the Kaelis PPE Platform.

Kaelis unveils its self-protective pocket pouch

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As the need to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus becomes part of everyone’s daily routine by frequently washing hands and wearing face masks, Kaelis is aware that once the travel industry starts operating again, new rules will apply in order to assure crew and travellers’ safety. We have designed the Self-Protective Pocket Pouch (SP·3) including the most important Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including a mask, gloves, hand sanitiser and alcohol wipes, to face these new rules.

The pouch can be customised in shape, colour and materials in order to fit any company’s identity and can include an information leaflet with information about how to prevent the spread of the virus. It is also a great time to make changes to move towards a sustainable future, so eco-friendly, biodegradable and washable pouches are available.

Kaelis blanket donations

Kaelis donates blankets in fight against COVID-19

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Kaelis blanket donations

Kaelis, an independent provider of onboard products, services & solutions, has donated 20,000 blankets to the Order of Saint Lazarus, several Spanish Hospitals and Field Hospitals, Red Cross, Spanish Homeless Shelters and Madrid’s General Directorate of Emergencies and Civil Protection.

“As a socially responsible company, it is important for us to give back to the society in which we operate and to help the government bodies to weather this storm. With the help of other companies from all the sectors and the society’s support by staying at home, we will be able to pass through these hard times,” the company posted in a statement.

Eco-flight shows off Etihad’s sustainable credentials

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Etihad Airways, has operated a special ‘eco-flight’ from Abu Dhabi to Brussels, featuring a range of initiatives designed to illustrate the airline’s broad commitment to sustainable practices in the air and on the ground, in support of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

The flight on a Boeing 787 Dreamliner included the collaborative efforts with a range of cabin service suppliers to highlight incremental opportunities to reduce the airline’s impact on the environment.

The Group Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Aviation Group, Tony Douglas, said: “This year’s national theme of the United Arab Emirates is ‘2020: Towards the next 50’. Etihad is committed to working continuously with a range of partners as part of a broader national focus on environmental sustainability.”

Initiatives included minimal single-use plastics on board, including removal of plastic wrapping from blankets, headsets wrapped in paper (Economy) and velvet bags (Business), plastic-free amenity kits; lightweight metal cutlery (Sola Cutlery the Netherlands), meals served in aluminium dishes, water served in recyclable boxes (Oasis), and hot beverage cups replaced with recyclable cups (Butterfly Cup); and innovative wheat-based plates (Biotrem) for on-demand meals in Business class.

Air France rolls out new range of amenity kits

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Air France has introduced new amenity kits across all cabins as it prepares for the winter season. Specially designed for each cabin, the new kits are available on board Air France’s long-haul flights.

Intended as gifts to be taken home after the trip, the Air France comfort kits feature the company’s iconic symbols including the winged seahorse or the brand’s accent.

The leather look La Première comfort kit has a designer finish featuring the La Première suite’s signature seahorse emblem and is available in two colours – navy blue and camel.

The gift box contains a range of facial and body care treatments from cosmetics company Carita, as well an exclusive offer for a hair care treatment with styling (free with any purchase of a 1 hour 30 minute face treatment), an Air France La Première pen and an Air France La Première comb.

Air France’s Business pouch nicknamed “You & Me”, comes in four new colours – ocean blue, peacock blue, camel and mineral grey, and combines modern design with suede fabric a leather flap and two pockets closed by a zip.

The pouch includes items for comfort and well-being creams from Clarins, Uvex ear plugs, an Air France pen, Air France microfibre wipe, headphone protectors and shoehorn.

Air France’s Premium Economy customers will receive a kit with an original design and fabric on board each of their flights. Made from neoprene foam fabric, the onus is on comfort and modernity. This kit designed in the shape of a sachet comes in a choice of two bright colours – blue and green.

Young travellers from 3 to 11 years with a pre-ordered kids’ meal will receive a pastel-coloured metal box from the Air France cabin crew

The Kids kit, available until next April, contains two paper games, Solitaire and Sudoku, 36 magnet game pieces, an activity booklet, a postcard that can be animated in 3D with the Kids app, five colour pencils and six coloured plane-shaped paperclips

Infants aged up to 23 months travelling in the La Première, Business and Premium Economy on board long-haul flights until September 2020 will be offered a “feeding bottle bag” kit in soft colours is available. It contains a bib, an adapted spoon,comforter, two Mustela baby beauty products and a nappy.

Rossiya and AK- Service update kits for kids

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Rossiya Airlines has updated its children’s travel kits, in an onboard partnership with AK-Service, on flights longer than six hours.

Two types of kit are available depending upon age.

Children from 3 to 5 years old are offered a round backpack made in the branded red colour with the image of an aircraft engine. The kit also contains an educational puzzle, informative colouring book, wax pencils and eraser, ‘Airport’ table game – a playing field and a 3D-puzzle and a ‘Remove before flight’ keychain.

For children aged 6 to 11 years, the airline has prepared a grey waist bag containing a ‘Flight Log’ activity book, an exciting game with cards, branded magnetic badge-wing, ‘Airport’ with board game – a playing field and a 3D-puzzle, wax pencils and a ‘Remove before flight’ keychain.

Rossiya Airlines is one of the first companies in the world to use augmented reality technology in its children’s amenity kits. By running the downloaded app, directing the camera to the playing field, models of airplanes, helicopters, airport buildings, bus and ramps assembled from a 3D-puzzle will transform into full-fledged three-dimensional objects.

Redesigned amenity kits celebrate Hawaii’s culture and environment

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From 26 November, Hawaiian Airlines’ passengers travelling between Hawaii and international and select US mainland destinations will receive a new exclusive collection of in-flight amenities and soft goods carrying a message of sustainability.

Named ‘Ekaha – the Hawaiian name of black coral representing a thriving coral reef, as well as the bird’s nest fern, an indicator of a healthy rainforest – the line developed with Moloka’i-based brand Kealopiko, are adorned with coral and fern patterns, alluding to the deep, symbiotic relationship between the land and sea.

“This collaboration gave us and Hawaiian Airlines an opportunity to design a beautiful collection that also shares a significant mo’olelo (story),” said Jamie Makasobe, co-owner of Kealopiko.

“Embarking on this redesign, we knew we wanted a partner who could help us tell the stories of our island home,” said Avi Mannis, senior vice president of marketing at Hawaiian Airlines. “Kealopiko is a natural fit. Their sustainable production and bold, contemporary design align with our values and complement the flight experience we want to offer our guests.”

International Business Class and JFK/BOS First Class guests will be given a Hawaiian Airlines-branded canvas clutch, available in two different colourways, with the coral print and a coconut shell button. International guests seated in Extra Comfort will receive a natural felt pouch with a wood tag engraved with the ‘Ekaha story.

Guests seated in the Main Cabin on international flights, First Class on North America red-eye flights, and First Class on Papeete and Pago Pago will receive a coral print kraft paper pouch with earplugs, earbuds and a sleep mask in one of three collectible, Hawaii-inspired designs.

All amenity kits feature eco-friendly paper packaging, furthering Hawaiian’s effort to reduce single-use plastics in its fleet and throughout its operations.

“Our partnership with Kealopiko advances our company’s progress to reduce waste, bring sustainability into our cabin, and encourage our guests to join us in taking care of our environment,” added Mannis.