Garuda Indonesia reveals special new 'mask' livery on Airbus A330-900neo

Garuda Indonesia has unveiled a new livery very much in keeping with the times.

A special face mask design has been added to one of its Airbus A330-900neo in support of the Indonesian government's "Let's Wear Masks" campaign.

It took 60 people and 120 hours to put the blue mask onto the nose of the plane, and it's planned that at least four more aircraft will be sporting masks designed by the public through an online competition.

President and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Irfan Setiaputra, says it is important to send a message to people to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We realise that efforts to prevent the spread of the Covid -19 pandemic requires full support from various parties or stakeholders," said Setiaputra.

"Hopefully, our efforts can increase public awareness of implementing health protocols, especially through the wear of mask in daily activities."

The newly-painted aircraft will mainly serve domestic routes for now, as well as limited international flights to Singapore and Japan.

Garuda isn't the first airline to add a mask to its livery, but it's certainly the most high profile so far. Luxembourg-based cargo airline Cargolux also showed off recently a new mask livery for a 747-8.