To speed up the national COVID-19 vaccination program and help the travel industry recover, AirAsia Allstars (staff) will be volunteering at major vaccination centers (PPVs) around the Klang Valley.
Over 1,000 AirAsia cabin crew, ground crew, engineers, office staff and senior management will perform non-medical duties throughout the campaign period.
This initiative comes a few months after its logistics arm, Teleport, expressed its willingness to help distribute vaccines around SEA.
Equipped to serve
The campaign begins this week with Allstars at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and the Setia City Convention Center. They will be involved in welcoming and assisting people during registration, making announcements and informing participants about possible side effects.
Tony Fernandes noted that AirAsia cabin crew are already trained in the care and management of medical situations as they are the first responders on a flight. “I’m sure they’re excited to be back in uniform, doing what they do best, serving people in the air and on the ground,” he said.
In addition to involving the human team, the senior management of AirAsia subsidiaries such as OURSHOP, Teleport, Ourfarm, etc., will also be involved.
“Although a commitment is required, the working hours are flexible. Once our Allstars have signed up, the MyVAC team will contact them for further scheduling arrangements based on their nearest PPV center, ”Lim Ben-Jie, ecommerce manager for the super airasia application.
“In addition, we encourage Allstars who are on leave to volunteer as part of this crucial movement to lead the vaccination campaign in Malaysia. “
Get the trip back on track
So far, AirAsia has also been involved in transporting vaccines from KL to Kuching, Sarawak, and Vientiane in Laos. The cargo was ordered from Teleport by international government agencies, Lim said.
According to Tony, their entire flight crew in Indonesia are already vaccinated and he expects the majority of Allstars in the region to get vaccinated in the coming months.
The entrepreneur previously expressed optimism that AirAsia’s financial recovery is achievable within 2 years, given vaccination efforts in major SEA economies. This includes the aggressive and efficient deployment of vaccinations as well as the implementation of a standardized digital health passport among eligible countries.
AirAsia saw its revenue decline by up to 87% in the first quarter of 2021 to RM298.22 million, from RM2.31 billion in the first quarter of 2020.
“Ultimately, we need around 50% of the population to be vaccinated for cross-border travel to take off. I have every confidence that we will get there soon, thanks to the hard work and strong commitment of governments and health authorities to end this devastating pandemic, ”said the CEO of the group.
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