Qatar Airways Increases COVID Hygiene Service Onboard

by Charlotte Barcham
Qatar Aiways using a UV machine © Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways have increased their hygiene measures on board, becoming the first global carrier to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System version 2.0. 

A Smarter Upgrade

The latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System that is owned and operated by Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), has been introduced to improve the ease of use compared to the older version with extended UV wings that treat both narrow and wide areas on board, reducing the overall disinfection time.

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. In clinical tests, UV light has been shown to be capable of inactivating various viruses and bacteria when properly applied.

Qatar Planes on Tarmac © Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways is the first airline to use the system © Qatar Airways

The airline have received 17 units of the latest version and aim to operate them on board all aircraft turnarounds at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Qatar Airways Keeping Passengers Safe

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “As the first global airline to operate the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2 on board 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 with repatriation flights and increased cargo workloads.” 

On board, 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.

Qatar Airways has been rated a prestigious 5 star COVID-19 Airline Safety rating by international air transport rating organisation, Skytrax. It continues to set an example to other airlines with it’s pioneering technology and extra protective measures. What do you think about the Honeywell UV Cabin System? Let us know below. 

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