The Jakarta Post
A Citilink Indonesia flight attendant dons the new hijab-style uniform. (JP/Jessicha Valentina)
Low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia has geared up for Ramadhan by unveiling new cabin crew uniforms and special Ramadhan hot meals on Monday.
“Starting from May 14, all [Citilink's] cabin crews will wear new uniforms,” said Ranty Astari Rachman, vice president corporate secretary and corporate social responsibility for the airline.
The uniforms were first introduced on March 19. Featuring new colors — dark green, lime and gray — it has a Gurdo Aji pattern, which is the child of a Garuda bird that flies higher and farther.
Designed by Luis Vioni, the new uniforms also come with a hijab design.
Ranty told The Jakarta Post that 25 percent of the cabin crew actually wear hijabs in their everyday lives. Previously, they weren't allowed to wear it during work; hence the new design was aimed to cater to them.
Furthermore, the airline also flies to Aceh province as well as Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. The two cities require female flight attendants to wear hijabs, adding one more reason to create the new uniforms.
Ranty explained that as the airline wanted to expand its routes, they also felt the need to provide a hijab design for female flight attendants.
Ranty expressed her hopes that through the new uniforms, the airline would be able to improve its service.
In regard to the Ramadhan menu, Ranty mentioned it would be available from the first day of Ramadhan.
Priced at Rp 45,000 (US$3.20) , the prebooked menu offers four dishes, namely bakmi Jawa (Javanese style fried noodles), nasi goreng (fried rice), lontong medan (Medan-style rice cakes served with coconut gravy) and nasi Padang (Padang-style mixed rice).
Low cost air carrier Citilink offers many benefits for passengers who travel abroad particularly for medical reasons. This benefit applies for passengers traveling to Penang, Malaysia, for example. (Shutterstock/Broewnis Photo)
Additionally, the airline will also provide free takjil (breaking-of-the-fast snacks) for passengers who board a flight near the breaking-of-the-fast time.
Ranty mentioned that the takjil would include kurma (dates) and one sweet treat, such as kolak (bananas and sweet potatoes stewed in coconut milk), es pisang hijau (banana-based ice desserts) or bubur sum-sum mutiara (rice porridge), and a bottle of mineral water. (kes)