(20 Apr 2021)
Qatar Airways is the first global carrier to operate
version 2.0 of Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System.
version of the high-tech cabin cleaning system 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
This version also includes a hand wand that
disinfects areas like the cockpit and other smaller spaces and is
non-motorised leading to less battery consumption.
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
The latest version of the Honeywell UV
Cabin System V2 will be utilised as an additional step after
manual disinfection, to ensure the very highest standards of
The airline’s on-board linen and blankets will
continue to be washed, dried and pressed at microbial lethal
temperatures, while its headsets are rigorously sanitised after
each flight. These items are then sealed into individual packaging
by staff wearing hygienic disposable gloves.
all Qatar Airways passengers are provided with a complimentary
protective kit. Inside a ziplock pouch, a single-use face mask,
large disposable powder-free gloves and an alcohol-based hand sanitiser gel are offered. Business Class customers also receive
an additional 75ml sanitiser gel tube.
In addition, for aircraft
equipped with Qsuite, Qatar Airways’ business seat,
Business Class customers are offered even greater privacy with
sliding partitions and fully closing doors, and an option to
display a ‘Do Not Disturb (DND)’ indicator if they wish to limit their interactions with cabin crew.
HIA, the airline’s hub
in Doha, has introduced UV-C disinfectant robots which are
fully autonomous mobile devices emitting concentrated UV-C light,
and are deployed in high passenger flow areas to reduce the spread
In addition, HIA has implemented stringent cleaning
procedures and applied social distancing measures throughout its
terminals. All passenger touchpoints are sanitized every 10-15
minutes and every boarding gate and bus gate counter is cleaned
after each flight. Hand sanitizers are provided at immigration and
security screening points.
tests, UV light has been shown to be capable of inactivating various viruses and bacteria when properly applied.
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