To expedite the country's COVID-19 vaccination program and help the travel industry recover, AirAsia's Allstars (employees) will volunteer at major vaccination centers (PPV) around Klang Valley.
Over 1,000 AirAsia cabin crew, ground crew, engineers, office staff and top management will perform non-medical tasks throughout the campaign period.
This initiative comes a few months after its logistics branch, Teleport has expressed its willingness to help distribute vaccinations related to SEA.
Equipped to serve
The campaign kicks off this week with Allstars at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and Setia City Convention Center. You will be involved in welcoming and assisting attendees with registration, making announcements, and informing attendees of possible side effects.
Tony Fernandes noted that AirAsia's cabin crew are already trained in the care and handling of medical situations as they are the first responders on a flight. "I'm sure they are excited to be back in uniform and doing what they do best, serving the people in the air and on the ground," he said.
In addition to the involvement of the employee-oriented team, the upper management of AirAsia subsidiaries such as OURSHOP, Teleport, Ourfarm and others will also be involved.
Volunteering Allstars at a PPV / Photo credit: AirAsia
“Although commitment is required, shift times are flexible. After our Allstars have signed up, the MyVAC team will contact them to make further appointments according to their nearest PPV center, ”said Lim Ben-Jie, Head of E-Commerce for the airasia Super App Vulcan Post.
"We also encourage all-stars on leave to volunteer as part of this important movement to help advance Malaysia's vaccination campaign."
Travel to get back on your feet
So far, AirAsia has also been involved in the transport of vaccines from KL to Kuching, Sarawak, and Vientiane in Laos. The delivery was commissioned to Teleport by international government agencies, Lim said.
According to Tony, the entire flight crew in Indonesia are already vaccinated and he expects the majority of the allstars in the region to have their vaccinations in the coming months.
The entrepreneur previously expressed optimism that AirAsia's financial recovery is achievable within 2 years given the vaccination efforts in the major SEA economies. This includes the aggressive and efficient introduction of vaccinations as well as the introduction of a standardized digital health passport in the eligible countries.
AirAsia recorded a decrease in sales of up to 87% to 298.22 million RM in the first quarter of 2021 compared to 2.31 billion RM in the first quarter of 2020.
“Ultimately, we only need around 50% of the population to be vaccinated so that cross-border travel can start. I am confident that, thanks to the hard work and commitment of governments and health authorities, we will soon arrive at an end to this devastating pandemic, ”said the group's CEO.
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