[PHILIPPINE AIRLINES] Philippines Airlines Makes it to Top 10 List of Safest Carriers

At the beginning of September, flagship carrier Philippine Airlines was recognized as one of the top ten airlines with the highest safety credentials for travel during COVID19. 

More than 150 airlines, along with PAL, was audited on its COVID-19 safety credentials by Safe Travel Barometer, an independent subsidiary of travel industry advisory and consulting firm VIDEC. 

 Philippine Airlines President and Chief Operating Officer Gilbert Santa Maria said, "We are grateful for the unexpected recognition, and honored to be recognized for doing the right thing. PAL shall continue to maintain the highest standards of safety and the protection of the health of our colleagues and all the passengers in our care." 

“The fundamental premise of Safe Travel Score is to benchmark travel brands’ initiatives to reduce traveler anxiety,” said Virendra Jain, co-founder and chief executive of Safe Travel. 

Philippine Airlines secured a 4.2 rating out of 5.0, the highest score which tied with China Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, AirAsia Malaysia and UAE’s Emirates. 

Listed below are the top 10 airlines recognized for having the highest safety credentials for travel during COVID-19: 
1. Lufthansa: 4.5 
2. Vistara: 4.4 
3. Delta Airlines: 4.4 
4. Allegiant Air: 4.4 
5. China Airlines: 4.2 
6. Hawaiian Airlines: 4.2 
7. AirAsia 4.2 
8. Emirates: 4.2 
9. Philippine Airlines: 4.2 
10.Alaska Airlines: 4.1 

The rating system provided a score for each stage of the travel journey - pre-flight, the actual flight, and post-flight. It also includes COVID-19 related hygiene and safety measures announced by airlines for travelers and its crew.  

How to protect yourself from the coronavirus or COVID-19? 

Among safety protocols that Philippine Airlines carries out to fight against COVID-19 are: providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for cabin crew for use throughout the flight; carrying out the disinfection of aircraft surfaces before and after every flight using high-grade eco-friendly cleaning agents; the use of High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters to cleanse cabin air of bacteria, viruses, and impurities with 99.99% efficacy; carrying out simplified inflight foodservice to minimize contact between cabin crew and passengers; conducts Covid19 testing for returning Filipino (non-Overseas Filipino Workers) and foreign travelers; mandates the use of face masks and shields among all travelers and airline workers; ensures availability of hand sanitizers at pre-flight facilities (ticket offices/check-in counters /boarding gates), flight proper and post-flight. 


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