Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has launched innovative new protective wear for First and Business class guests. As part of its new health and hygiene programme, Etihad Wellness, premium passengers will receive a snood style facemask for use throughout their journey and beyond.

The soft reusable snood has been treated with MicrobeBARRIER™ fabric treatment, a broad spectrum antimicrobial treatment, laboratory tested and proven to reduce the presence of germs in fabrics. With this long-lasting protective layer, the snoods are washable and reusable, making them environmentally friendly.

Travellers can choose to wear the snood around their neck like a scarf and when in close proximity to others, pull it up over their mouth and nose to protect themselves and those around them.

Made out of lightweight, breathable and stretchy jersey fabric, the snood is comfortable and ideal for travel because it can be easily slipped on and off as needed.

The MicrobeBARRIER™ treated snood is one of the many initiatives the airline has introduced to create a healthier and cleaner environment.

Etihad is represented in the Maldives by Aviation Services Pvt Ltd., a subsidiary of Sri Lankan company, Hemas Group. 

Etihad renewed flights to the Maldives on 18th July after the country reopened borders on 15th July 2020. Presently Etihad is operating 2 flights per week and is to increase to a 3 times a week frequency from August, with scope to increase for the winter schedule. 

According to Aviation Services Pvt Ltd, at present Etihad is connecting passengers from Asian sectors such as Manila, Jakarta, Bangkok, Narita and Kuala Lumpur. And once the restrictions on transit are lifted in Abu Dhabi, the airline will also begin connecting to European and US sectors. Presently the airline is carrying full load cargo (Perishables; mainly tuna) which is complimenting the operations in a major way.