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easyJet launches comic book inspired face mask covers for young flyers

Emma, aged 10, wears a new comic book themed ‘Lion’ easyJet face mask cover, of which a limited run will be made available. Photo credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep

Irish artist Will Sliney, best known for his work on Marvel comics Spider-Man and Star Wars, has teamed up with easyJet to launch a new range of new comic book inspired face mask covers for young flyers.

The campaign follows an announcement by Europe’s leading airline that a small number of  flights will restart from 15 June with new health and safety measures in place including for all passengers, including children over six, to wear their own protective face masks whilst onboard at all times. The new comic book face mask covers have been designed to help ease the experience for both kids and parents.

Two character themed ‘Lion’ and ‘Pilot’ masks will be made available for free to children flying with easyJet from airports across Europe this summer.

The face mask covers don’t replace the need for a mask to be worn but have been designed as a covering to be worn over the top of a younger traveller’s own face mask. They can be taken home to keep and are washable for re-use.

Photo credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep

Thousands of face mask covers are being produced as part of a limited edition run and will be available on selected routes across Europe.

Captain David Morgan, easyJet’s Director of Flight Operations commented:

“We have teamed up with a comic illustrator to create some bespoke children face masks covers as we know the airport environment could feel different and possibly daunting for younger travellers when flying initially resumes. So we hope these face mask covers help children enjoy flying with us over the summer and this makes things a little easier for parents too.”

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why, as well as requiring customers and crew to wear masks, we are implementing a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from aircraft disinfection to initially serving no food onboard. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.”

Spider-Man and Star Wars comic book illustrator, Will Sliney said: 

“Flying with face masks is going to a new experience for everyone, especially young children so I hope these fun designs, inspired by comic book characters, help to encourage kids to wear their masks onboard.

“I have used a combination of a lion animal character and a futuristic pilot to create a set of mask covers to bring out the inner superhero in all young flyers.

“As a parent myself I know how tricky traveling can be, so I hope these fun face masks covers can help make things easier for parents too.”

The airline has confirmed that some flights will initially resume from the 15 June including from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast in the UK.

Initially flying will principally be on domestic routes alongside a minimal number of international routes. The airline expects to increase flying as customer demand continues to build and restrictions are relaxed with flying increasing in July and into the summer, with around 30% of flying planned over the final 3 months of summer. During the lockdown period the fleet has been grounded and aircraft to be flown during summer have been maintained in a flight ready condition.

Photo credit: Ben Queenborough/PinPep

A new range of additional measures will be in place to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard. These include enhanced aircraft disinfection for easyJet aircraft; customers, cabin and ground crew will be required to wear masks; there will also initially be no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network.

The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser.

easyJet has this week also launched it’s ‘Europe with Confidence’ Pledge to customers, outlining the airline’s promise to ensure customer wellbeing through bio security measures in place for the safety of all when travelling; reaffirming easyJet’s commitment to sustainability including to continue offsetting the carbon emissions from the fuel used for all of our flights on behalf of all of our customers; and continuing to offer the great value fares that easyJet is famous for, with flexibility for customers to change plans ahead of departure without a change fee, for all new and existing bookings. From tomorrow 3 June flights will be on sale up until the end of May 2021 and flights for Summer 2021 will continue to be put on sale throughout the coming months to provide passengers with more opportunity to change their flights.