Second Minister of Finance and Economy Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah during a joint press conference with Ministry of Health. Image: Rafidah Hamit

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) activated its standard operating procedures (SOP) with immediate effect following the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the sultanate, said the second minister of Finance and Economy yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah in a joint press conference with Minister of Health revealed that RB implemented its SOP to all of its pilots, cabin crews, ground staff and engineers to reduce risk of infection to themselves as well as their passengers.

“Under this procedure, every RB aircraft is given thorough cleaning and sanitisation including the cabin, tray tables, seats and Inflight Entertainment Screens,” he said, adding that headsets, used and unused pillows and blankets are also removed from the aircraft.

Some of the newly recruited cabin crew of Royal Brunei Airlines (RB). Image courtesy of RB

RB aircraft are also equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) similar to the one used in Hospital Operation Theatres whereby air in the cabin will be refreshed every few minutes, ensuring that the air is sterile and particle-free.

“If there is a positive case of COVID-19 in the aircraft, the pilot and cabin crew on duty at that time will be directed to take a test,” said the minister.

He added: “Thankfully, no cabin crews have been infected with the virus so far”.

File photo of RB’s CEO Karam Chand with the new cadets during the RB Cadet Pilot Intake 53 Signing Ceremony at Collaboration Hub, RB Campus recently. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

The second finance minister further said that 37 crew staff have undergone the test where 31 are negative while six have been released from self-isolation as directed by the Ministry of Health (MoH).

RB has taken precautionary measures by directing its staff to wear masks and gloves when needed; increasing their level of personal hygiene and temperature checks before and after flights; conducting briefings by pilots before departure and by not going to public places when they are abroad.

YB Dato Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew said that the national carrier will continue to follow instructions issued by MoH including maintaining personal hygiene and ensuring the pilots and crews are in quarantine when directed.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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