SEPANG, 6 Oct 2021:
AirAsia Malaysia (flight code AK) has made it mandatory for only completely vaccinated adult guests to be allowed to board its flights, effective immediately.
In a statement, the budget carrier today said passengers under 18 – if unvaccinated or partially-vaccinated – must be accompanied by fully-vaccinated parents or relatives.
This new requirement is part of the airline’s Covid-19 mitigation plan to ensure the highest safety standards for all passengers and employees.
“All AirAsia flights are operated only by fully-vaccinated crew and this applies to ground operations and baggage handling staff as well,” said chief executive officer Riad Asmat.
To facilitate this latest measures, AirAsia has also made it mandatory for all check-ins to be conducted via the airasia Super App to pass through the airport clearance and boarding process with an e-boarding pass.
Riad said this is “a convenient and seamless self-check-in process via the Super App that allows for easy uploading and instant verification of health and vaccination documents, and contactless boarding via FACES facial recognition system.
“All these will minimise queuing and possible physical contacts at the counters and crowding at the airport,” as this will significantly reduce physical interaction including via paper and is key in curtailing the spread of Covid-19 and other viruses.
“Subject to certain exceptions, check-in fees shall apply for check-in at the airport check-in counter.” This will be free only for guests with reduced mobility, those travelling with an infant (under 24 months of age), and young guests travelling alone.
Further, all passengers will need to be classified as “Low Risk” or “Casual Contact with No Symptoms” status under MySejahtera in order to be accepted for boarding. A face mask is compulsory before, during and after the flight – masks with an open valve are not permitted onboard AirAsia flights.
Meanwhile, the AirAsia group has reaffirmed its commitment to transform its present mainly-A320 aircraft fleet to the higher-capacity, more fuel-efficient A321neo with the signing of an amendment agreement with Airbus – in which AirAsia will convert its remaining A320 aircraft orders to the A321neo.
With the conversion of its remaining 13 A320 undelivered aircraft to the A321neo, AirAsia now has a total order of 362 A321neo aircraft that will be allocated based on demand among its airlines within the gGroup, with deliveries up until 2035.
AirAsia received its first A321neo in November 2019 and currently has a total of 4 A321neo in service. At present, the group has a total fleet size of 211 aircraft comprising 169 A320, 38 A320neo and 4 A321neo aircraft.