ALLSTAR’ RIDERS. AirAsia employees serve as riders to deliver McDonald's food within Metro Manila on Monday (March 1, 2021). Former and current employees of AirAsia Philippines have the chance to work part time in the carrier's logistics arm, Teleport. (Photo courtesy of AirAsia Philippines)

MANILA – Current and former employees of AirAsia Philippines now have the opportunity to earn extra income as the carrier's logistics arm, Teleport, inked partnership with Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines).

"We opened the opportunity to all our former and present 'Allstars'. Our goal is to provide job opportunities and additional sources of income while we are gearing towards recovery in the airline business," AirAsia Philippines spokesperson Steve Dailisan told the Philippine News Agency on Tuesday.

Dailisan said during days off or when there are no flight schedules, the airline’s 'Allstars' (AirAsia employees) who have registered to Teleport will accommodate deliveries.

“One example is Peachy Baysa, a senior cabin crew and checker who does part time deliveries for Teleport. On top of her regular salary as cabin crew, she also gets paid for additional duties at Teleport," he added.

Teleport, Dailisan said, has its own riders, but the AirAsia employees have the option to engage on a part time basis only.

Initially, Teleport is servicing Pasay and Parañaque branches of McDonald's. Dailisan said AirAsia is looking forward to cater to all McDonald's branches across Southeast Asia.

A venture under AirAsia Digital, Teleport was founded in 2018 to move goods and e-commerce in Southeast Asia.

At the signing of memorandum of agreement between AirAsia Philippines and Golden Arches Development Corporation on Monday, McDonald’s Philippines chief executive officer Kenneth Yang said despite the rapid growth of food delivery, he believes there are areas that are still underserved.

Yang lauded AirAsia for giving its employees, especially those affected by the pandemic, the opportunity to earn extra.

Teleport will be given the same training that McDonald's Philippines provides to its riders, he said, adding that safety protocols will also be followed.

About 10 AirAsia cabin crew, pilots and ground staff took part when the partnership kicked off on Monday.

One can order, pay and track their deliveries still through the McDonald's channels. (PNA)