Qatar Airways unveils latest version of UV technology for cabin disinfection

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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Honeywell's UV Cabin System V2

Qatar’s state-owned flag carrier Qatar Airways has becomes the first airline in the world to use Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System version 2.0, which improves hygiene on board.

“The latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System that is owned and operated by Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), has been introduced to add flexibility, improve reliability, mobility, and ease of use compared to its predecessor, with extended UV wings that treat both narrow and wide areas on board, reducing the overall disinfection time,” as per the company statement.

This version also includes a hand wand that disinfects areas like the cockpit and other smaller spaces and is non-motorized leading to less battery consumption.

After receiving 17 units of the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2, the devices have all undergone comprehensive testing on board Qatar Airways’ aircraft. The airline aims to operate them on board all aircraft turnarounds at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

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

“As the first global airline to operate the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2 onboard our aircraft, it is significantly more user friendly and technologically advanced. QAS has continued to maintain our impeccable service during the outbreak of COVID-19, specifically supporting repatriation flights and increased cargo workloads. As the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the innovative new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app, and most recently, the first airline in the world to operate a flight with the fully vaccinated crew and passengers – it is in our core to continuously be at the forefront of innovation, and to keep implementing the latest safety and hygiene measures onboard and on the ground.”

According to the company statement, the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2 will be utilized as an additional step after manual disinfection, to ensure the very highest standards of cleanliness.

Furthermore, Qatar Airways’ planes have the most sophisticated air filtration systems, with industrial-size HEPA filters that eliminate 99.97 percent of viral and bacterial pollutants from recirculated air, offering the most effective infection protection.

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