First to use UV disinfection on flights: Qatar Airways redefines safety

By Backend Office, Desk Reporter
Qatar Airways
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Qatar’s national carrier Qatar Airways has become the first global carrier to utilize Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System to conduct the sanitization process on its fleet. 

Qatar Airways’ premium end-to-end ground services provider Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) has been using units that resemble beverage carts with extendable hands to treat aircraft seats, surfaces and cabins without using cleaning chemicals.

The airline has been conducting comprehensive testing with six units of the Honeywell UV Cabin System before the rollout and plans to have more units to cover all aircraft landing at the Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Recent clinical tests have comprehensibly shown that UV lights can be used to inactivating various viruses and bacteria when used in the right intensity and circumstances.

HE Akbar al-Baker
HE Akbar al-Baker
Group CEO
Qatar Airways

“We are pleased to be the first global airline to operate the Honeywell UV Cabin System onboard our aircraft. In clinical tests, UV light has been shown to be capable of inactivating various viruses and bacteria when properly applied at specified doses.

“During these unprecedented times, the health and safety of our crew and passengers continue to be of the utmost importance. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been regularly introducing new and effective safety and hygiene measures onboard our aircraft, based on our unparalleled expertise of flying consistently throughout.”

The airline will use the new sanitization technology in tandem with the existing International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended procedures and products

Qatar’s premier airport Hamad International Airport (HIA) has already been using autonomous UV-C disinfectant robots to reduce the spread of the pandemic.