How Eways Aviation Can Assist Airlines To Resume Flying

Mask shortages may dramatically impact airlines as they compete for supplies with hospitals, governments, businesses, and the general…

How Eways Aviation Can Assist Airlines To Resume Flying

Mask shortages may dramatically impact airlines as they compete for supplies with hospitals, governments, businesses, and the general public. Without a supply of critical personal protection equipment, aircraft cannot fly, and carriers could face difficulties in resuming activities easily after the COVID-19 crisis. 

PPE is needed to resume flying in a post-COVID-19 world. Photo: Getty Images

What are the details?

Before the worldwide lockdown, very few people knew what personal protection equipment (PPE) was, and even fewer knew where to purchase it. But as the COVID-19 crisis grew, supplies of PPE and sanitizer became worth their weight in gold as demand increased from desperate businesses, frontline health workers, and governments alike. 

In the chaos to protect their own, businesses are competing against governments and hospitals to claim their stake over a restricted supply – with airlines stuck in the middle. But carriers might find themselves in even hotter water as lockdown restrictions are lifted, and flights begin to resume across the globe. The demand for supplies will only increase, and airlines in developing countries have already found it difficult to source necessary PPE supplies.

It’s currently difficult for airlines to source PPE supplies. Photo: Eways Aviation

“The lockdown decision was unexpected and did not allow many carriers to anticipate new procedures. For several weeks the problem was where to park the planes for an indefinite period. But today, the resumption of activities are on the horizon, so now airlines must quickly purchase sanitary products like PPE to protect against the spread of Covid-19 to ensure the health and safety of passengers, crews, and ground staff.” – says Alain Tchale, CEO of Eways Aviation to Simple Flying.

New government policies or carrier health guidelines, will require passengers and crew to wear face masks, and for carriers to sanitize aircraft. Airlines will need to provide safety equipment for their ground staff and cabin crew, as well as offer these products to passengers. 

Ethiopian Airlines has positioned itself as a much-needed lifeline between Africa and China (who produces most of the world’s PPE supplies), especially during the Covid-19 crisis. But after facing an 80% loss in passenger business due to the lockdown restrictions, the airline is eager to resume its standard operations – though, as all other airlines, it has found it difficult to secure PPE and sanitation supplies. 

Long lead-times for delivery and elevated prices are just some of the challenges that airlines now face. One of the companies that have helped carriers like Ethiopian Airlines to find a reliable source of supply is Eways Aviation:

“Ethiopian Airlines has faced a challenge to meet the growing demand to protect its employees and assist maintenance agents in their cleaning operations,” notes Mr. Tchale. 

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Ethiopian Airlines has faced challenges to protect its employees. Photo: Boeing

Eways Aviation has created a guaranteed supply line to its customers, that cannot be interrupted by third parties. One of the ways in which they have achieved this is by producing PPE products specifically for airlines, and by providing a short turnaround time on deliveries. The company’s PPE masks are manufactured under stringent conditions, in a facility that meets rigorous health and safety regulation standards.

“Given the seriousness of the situation, Eways Aviation worked from the start of the crisis to design a range of products adapted to the needs of air operators, to facilitate business recovery that guarantees maximum health security.”

Eways have created a supply line that can’t be disrupted by third parties. Photo: Eways Aviation

Part of the success of their operations can be attributed to the existing logistics network established by Eways Aviation across Africa and the world. Because they already provide AOG (Aircraft On Ground) support, a vital spare parts network to get grounded aircraft flying again as soon as possible, it was a straightforward procedure for them to deliver emergency safety supplies via the same channels. 

Eways Aviation is a worldwide supplier of PPE and aircraft parts and has been essential in assisting carriers like Ethiopian Airlines to resume their operations.

For a look at the services and products Eways Aviation supply, check out their specialized aviation biosecurity catalog here. 

What do you think? Should PPE suppliers deal directly with airlines? Let us know in the comments. 

This article is sponsored by Eways Aviation 

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LOT Polish Will Implement Staggered Social Distancing Upon Return

It seems as though LOT Polish Airlines will implement a staggered social distancing policy upon its return to…

LOT Polish Will Implement Staggered Social Distancing Upon Return

It seems as though LOT Polish Airlines will implement a staggered social distancing policy upon its return to the skies. The plan goes against the recommendation of IATA to mandate face masks instead of social distancing on flights.

LOT Polish Airlines will begin to implement social distancing when it returns to the skies. Photo: LOT Polish Airlines

Airlines across Europe are looking to return to the skies. Many will return as soon as next week. However, they will all operate a vastly reduced schedule at first, before ramping up flights as demand returns. Of course, all are implementing various new health and safety policies, including mandatory face coverings. However, unlike LOT Polish, many airlines have shunned social distancing.

LOT’s social distancing policy

LOT Polish Airlines has released a wealth of new restrictions in the wake of the current situation. These include mandatory mask-wearing and limiting onboard interaction. However, the Polish carrier has yet to announce an official policy regarding social distancing.

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Half of the airline’s seats will be blocked off. Photo: LOT Polish Airlines

The airline’s seat maps do appear to tell a tale of social distancing, though. As spotted by the Polish language aviation website Fly4Free, LOT Polish is blocking out half of the seats available onboard its aircraft. Rather than implementing a policy where ever middle seat is blocked, LOT Polish has staggered obstructed seats.

According to the LOT Polish Airlines booking engine, on four abreast aircraft, each row will have two seats blocked. For example, Seats 1A and 1C will be blocked, then 2B and 2D, then 3A and 3C, etc… This means that only 42 seats are available for sale on an aircraft with 84 seats.

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LOT Polish Airlines is blocking two seats in every row of four. Photo: LOT Polish Booking Engine

Meanwhile, onboard six abreast aircraft, such as the Boeing 737, three of six seats are being blocked in each row. This means that seats, 1A, 1C, and 1E will be blocked, then 2B, 2D, and 2F, etc… As such, on an aircraft with 186 seats, only 93 will be sold.

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Three seats will be blocked in each row of the Boeing 737. Photo: LOT Polish Booking Engine

What does IATA say?

IATA, or the International Air Transport Association, has recommended that carriers don’t implement social distancing on flights. It has argued that blocking one seat doesn’t leave 1.5 meters in between passengers and that masks are far more effective. Additionally, face coverings are instead recommended, similar to requirements on most forms of public transport.

According to IATA, carriers in Europe need to fill flights to 79% to break even. Now, with half of the seats blocked, this won’t be possible. As such, the group estimates that average fares will rise by 49% from $135 to $201 to compensate for the loss in revenue of fewer passengers.

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IATA recommends face coverings in the place of social distancing. Photo: Getty Images

At the time of writing, Simple Flying had yet to hear back from LOT Polish Airlines regarding the policy. However, in a statement seen by Fly4Free, it seems that the seats have been blocked to stop overbooking in the case that Polish authorities mandate social distancing in the future.

Do you think LOT Polish Airlines is right to implement social distancing on flights? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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