The nose of Garuda Indonesia's Boeing 737-800 is painted a mask as part of the company's health campaign during the coronavirus pandemic. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Garuda Indonesia Takes Extra Measures against Coronavirus

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

OCTOBER 27, 2020

National carrier Garuda Indonesia has taken extra steps unseen in other domestic airlines to protect passengers from coronavirus. Garuda strictly follows the health advice to separate passengers by keeping a seat empty between them.

In flights from Jakarta to Bali and Manado, for instance, the airline uses wide body aircraft like Airbus A330 to allow more space while its competitors use single-aisle planes packed with passengers on the same routes.

Garuda said all its aircraft have been equipped with the high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) technology which filters the air and kills 99 percent of airborne bacteria inside the cabin.

The technology is also used widely by pharmacy industry and hospitals to eliminate viruses, airborne fungi and particulate matters such as smoke in the room.

HEPA filters enable faster air circulation inside the cabin as they can change the air in a room at a rate of 15 to 30 times per hour. 

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) states that HEPA filters are effective at capturing more than 99 percent of microbes at the air. 

Garuda still requires passengers to produce Covid-19 free certificates before boarding the plane and obliges them and cabin crew members to wear face masks at any time during the flight.
 

A airlines staff wearing protective gear manages the queue in the boarding room in Soekarno Hatta International Airports in Tangerang, Banten on Monday (19/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Garuda Indonesia ground staff orders passengers to observe physical distancing before boarding the plane at the Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Oct. 19, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Garuda Indonesia staff stands inside a check in room at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali on Wednesday (21/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Garuda Indonesia staff welcome passengers at the lounge inside the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali on Oct. 21, 2020. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A man put his bag on a compartment during flight with Garuda Indonesia in Bali on Wednesday (21/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A passenger puts his bag on a compartment during a flight with Garuda Indonesia before the takeoff from Bali. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Flight attendant wearing protective gear during flight with Garuda Indonesia in Denpasar, Bali on Wednesday (21/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Garuda Indonesia flight attendants prepare meals for passengers during a flight from Denpasar, Bali to Jakarta. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Flight attendant walks on the business class aisle in Ngurah Rai International Airports in Denpasar, Bali on Wednesday (21/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A cabin crew member inspects walks on the business class aisle. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Passengers have to maintain physical distancing during flight with Garuda Indonesia on Wednesday (21/10). (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Garuda Indonesia passengers are separated in a safe distance during the flight. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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