Star Alliance is delighted that four of its member airlines achieved the highest possible rating among airlines graded in the inaugural APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying audit program for COVID-19 certified airlines.
Air Canada, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and United Airlines are among the 12 launch airlines that have fully completed the audit, and among only seven that have been certified as “hospital-grade” DIAMOND level.
APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying provides a scientifically based 58-point validation process designed to encourage airlines to reach beyond governmental requirements to a higher standard. All airlines worldwide may participate in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying process. After completion of an initial audit with proof points, a step-by-step verification process occurs with airlines, followed by standard level notification.
“Early on during the COVID-19 crisis, Star Alliance member airlines adopted six unified commitments for customer health and hygiene safety,” Star Alliance CEO Jeffrey Goh said. “We are deeply proud that four of our member airlines have gone on to be the first to reach the highest Diamond Health Safety level in the APEX Health Safety powered by SimpliFlying audited program. It is a testament of their customer-centric efforts and that customer hygiene safety is paramount for members of Star Alliance.”
"Star Alliance carriers have raised the bar for health safety standards in the industry through their hospital-grade efforts. These steps in ensuring health safety go a long way in bolstering trust among travellers," said Shashank Nigam, CEO of SimpliFlying.
“As more travellers return to the skies, APEX wants customers to know the verified steps being taken by leading airlines worldwide for their well-being,” APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader stated. “Every step that we take with airlines to set even higher standards for health safety for passengers ultimately help keep people safer in-the-air and on-the-ground.”
APEX and SimpliFlying have instituted a Health Safety Medical Board of universities, doctors, and hospital experts alongside an Airline Safety Board for directing additional industry actions for advancement of best customer care practices during the pandemic. APEX and SimpliFlying then work with airlines to advance implementation for passengers in quarterly airline audit updates.