Thai Lion Air operates humanitarian mission flights

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 IO, Jakarta – Thai Lion Air (SL flight code), a member of Lion Air Group, has revealed that they are operating to serve humanitarian and evacuation missions for Thai citizens from Indonesia, due to the impact of Covid-19. 

Flight implementation is guided by the principles and standard operating procedures of health in ensuring the safety of the crew on duty and passengers. 

Before departure, the flight crew, consisting of two cockpit crew and four cabin crew undergo health checks, and are given additional vitamins for endurance. All were declared healthy (negative for Covid-19) and fit for flight. 

In the virus prevention measures intended for flight operations, Thai Lion Air applies recommendations and sprays multipurpose disinfectant according to applicable procedures; it also provides and uses masks and personal protective equipment (PPE), gloves (hand gloves) and liquid/hand sanitizer gel for anticipation and prevention. 

According to the SOP, then the aircraft in question, a Boeing 737-800NG, HS-LUH registration, before departure and after completing the humanitarian flight carried out the process of cleaning, sterilization, spraying, cabin air filter replacement and periodic maintenance for several days. 

Lion Air Thai Chairman of the Board Capt. Darsito Hendro Seputro, said that Thai Lion Air supported the humanitarian program in bringing Thais home from Indonesia. Thai Lion Air flew 111 passengers who are in good health. On the occasion, Thai Lion Air expressed its gratitude for the appointment and trust of various parties that had been extended to Thai Lion Air. 

Thai Lion Air flight SL-116 from Don Mueang International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand (DMK) to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten (CGK) was a ferry flight, only carrying a flight crew (no passengers). 

Flight SL-117 from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport took off at 14.10 local time (West Indonesia Time, GMT + 07) and landed at 17.20 local time (Indochina Time, GMT + 07) at Hat Yai International Airport, the main hub in Thailand south, located in the Khlong Hoi Khong District, Songkhla. 

Later, Thai Lion Air numbered SL-2117 from Hat Yai departed at 19:10 local time and had landed at Don Mueang at 20.20 local time. 

All flight crew on duty in humanitarian flights would follow health protocols including quarantine as specified in co-19 measures or handling. 

Capt. Darsito added that Thai Lion Air was very grateful, with high appreciation for the readiness and professional work of the flight crew, ground handling officers, including the full support of airport managers, air traffic controllers, partners and parties involved, so that operations along the flight route Bangkok Don Mueang – Jakarta – Hat Yai – Don Mueang could run smoothly.