Abu Dhabi’s Etihad to manufacture face masks for staff, health professionals

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Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways on Tuesday said it had opened an in-house face mask production facility in its engineering department that is to manufacture masks for staff and health professionals.

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Demand for personal protective equipment, or PPE, has soared due to the pandemic that has killed over 1.25 million globally.

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State-owned Etihad will make and distribute 1.3 million masks over the next three months to flight attendants, other staff and medical professionals, it said in a statement.

The masks were three-layered and provide 98 percent filtration, it said.

Etihad Engineering vice president Haytham Nasir said the production facility could manufacture masks for third-party customers in addition to meeting the airline’s own demands.

Abu Dhabi state aerospace supplier Strata this year started manufacturing N95 masks following the outbreak of the pandemic.