Air New Zealand removes mask requirement on board flights

By Airlines, Featured, WellnessNo Comments

Air New Zealand will no longer be requiring face masks on board the carrier’s flights from 13 September.

The announcement follows the New Zealand Government’s announcement that face masks will no longer be required on inbound international or domestic flights. However, masks may still be required on some outbound international flights depending on the individual jurisdiction of the country the flight is arriving in.

Air New Zealand’s Chief Customer and Sales Leanne Geraghty commented: “Masks have played an important part in keeping customers, crew and communities safe during the Covid pandemic, but it’s time to say farewell. While some customers and employees will welcome this news, it doesn’t mean masks are disappearing forever. We really encourage customers to continue to do what makes them comfortable, which is the same message we’re sharing with our employees.

“I want to make a special call out to our frontline staff who have smiled behind masks during a difficult period, often wearing masks for hours on end. They’ve helped keep customers and our communities safe, and we’re looking forward to seeing their smiling faces again.”

Air New Zealand says that should customers wish not to travel following the change, they should opt into credit until 30 September.

WIZZ Air external aircraft

Wizz Air introduces fixed roster pattern for pilots and cabin crew

By Airlines, Featured, Insights, WellnessNo Comments
WIZZ Air external aircraft

Wizz Air has introduced a fixed roster pattern for both its pilots and cabin crew. The carrier’s fixed rostering scheme will be gradually introduced across the Wizz Air network from October 2022, improving roster predictability and the quality of work-life balance for the crew.

The airline says the new scheme has been developed to maintain operational stability as well as to support its ambitious development plans.

The new fixed roster patterns might differ based on location and will be introduced around the Wizz Air’s bases over the next six months. Pilots choosing to remain with their current flexible roster pattern will be offered compensation based on their rank.

Roland Tischner, Operations Officer at Wizz Air, said: “I am excited to offer our crew the option to choose a fixed roster pattern. We welcome current and future employees to choose their schedule based on their own individual preferences. I believe that this flexibility will further support the work-life balance of our crew, making Wizz Air an even better place to work.”

The carrier is currently recruiting for new pilots and cabin crew who are passionate about sustainability and travelling the world. The dynamic airline is looking for enthusiastic candidates who have always dreamed of a career in the sky. For more information and to find out more about the fixed roster patterns, click here.

Aero HygenX UV-C Disinfection is Approved By the Canadian Ministry of Health

Aero HygenX UV-C disinfection approved by the Canadian Ministry of Health

By Featured, Insights, WellnessNo Comments
Aero HygenX UV-C Disinfection is Approved By the Canadian Ministry of Health

Biosafety technology company Aero HygenX which manufactures RAY, an autonomous robot that uses UV-C disinfection technology, has announced the product has been approved by the Canadian Ministry of Health. This approval makes RAY the only solution authorised for Health Canada’s safe product registry in this category.

Canada’s top regulatory heath body issued a bulletin in August 2021 announcing new regulatory classification of UV light-emitting decontamination products making COVID-19 claims, and to provide information on the applicable pathways for market authorisation. The new regulatory process is designed to help consumers and industry choose legitimate and effective UV-C disinfection solutions, in a marketplace where many fake products are being marketed.

Commenting on Aero HygenX’s registration as an approved UV-C disinfection provider, Aero HygenX CEO Arash Mahin said: “Health Canada has taken important steps to protect consumers and industry from deceptive marketing practices around UV-C disinfection products, which we applaud.

“Canada’s Ministry of Health imposes incredibly stringent testing requirements as a world-leading public health agency. Under their supervision, Aero HygenX technology was tested against dangerous resilient pathogens, and prevailed. This outcome speaks to the expertise and commitment of our team and the effectiveness of our solutions.”

“With so many claims made by makers of sub-standard UV-C solutions, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction,” adds Mahin. “We know how important assurances, accountability and metrics are for organisations looking to adopt sustainable UV-C disinfection, and this certification makes choosing Aero HygenX easier. We are speaking with other national health organisations and expect further certifications to follow as we expand to new markets and regions.”


Pexco Aerospace acquires and develops AirShield to enhance passenger wellbeing

By Featured, WellnessNo Comments

Pexco Aerospace has acquired AirShield from Seattle-based design company Teague and expects the innovative product to be certified with the Federal Aviation Administration by July 2022.

Pexco says it has spent two years taking AirShield, which is installed over the top of existing passenger air vents and is a finalist in the Crystal Cabin Awards 2022, from concept to an air management system proven to reduce shared air between passengers.

AirShield works in harmony with existing HEPA filtration systems in the aircraft cabin to personalise passenger airflow and redirects purified air around and in between each passenger to create protective air barriers.

Pexco says the product has been proven to reduce the spread of airborne particles and odours in the cabin and enhances the onboard experience for all passengers but especially those in economy class.

Jon Page, President of Pexco Aerospace, said: “We all want our personal space to be protected from unwanted germs and smells when we fly, especially in economy class, and AirShield provides that. With mask-wearing being phased out, it is the ‘virtual social distance’ the industry needs, providing every passenger with what they want most – a premium and personalised in-flight experience.”

According to the company, HVAC systems on board commercial aircraft are already effective but AirShield offers an additional layer of protection from airborne germs of all kinds while also enhancing the in-flight experience, restricting unwanted odours from entering a passenger’s personal space.

In an independent passenger opinion survey, 91% agreed that AirShield makes them feel like an airline is taking care of them, while 89% would feel more comfortable flying with AirShield post-pandemic.

Some 86% of respondents also stated they would choose to fly with an airline that has Pexco’s AirShield installed over one without.