April 23 2021  |  Cabin Maintenance

Qatar Airways introduces latest UV disinfection from Honeywell

By Jane Hobson

Qatar Airways has become the first global carrier to operate Honeywell's Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System Version 2.0, further advancing its hygiene measures onboard.

Honeywell's Ultraviolet Cabin System version 2.0 has undergone testing on board Qatar Airways' aircraft

UV (Ultraviolet) light has been shown to efficiently and safely inactivate airborne human coronaviruses, according to the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

Version 2.0 that is owned and operated by Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) adds flexibility, improves reliability, mobility and ease of use compared to its predecessor. With extended UV wings that treat both narrow and wide areas on board, it reduces the overall disinfection time. This version also includes a hand wand to disinfect areas such as the cockpit and other smaller spaces. The non-motorized wand leads to less battery consumption.

Onboard testing
Seventeen units of Version 2.0 (V2) have undergone comprehensive testing on board Qatar Airways' aircraft. The airline aims to operate them on all aircraft turnarounds at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

The aircraft will continue to be regularly disinfected using IATA- and WHO-recommended products. The Honeywell UV Cabin System V2 will be used as an additional step after manual disinfection, to ensure the very highest standards of cleanliness.

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