Qatar Airways has become the first global carrier
to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System.
In clinical tests, UV light has been shown to be
capable of inactivating various viruses and bacteria when properly
Approximately the size of a beverage cart, the
Honeywell UV Cabin System, which is operated by Qatar Aviation
Services (QAS), has extendable UV arms that treat aircraft seats,
surfaces and cabins without using cleaning chemicals.
The six Honeywell UV Cabin System devices the
airline has received completed comprehensive testing
onboard Qatar Airways aircraft, before entering service. The
airline aims to acquire additional units in the near future, in
order to operate them onboard all aircraft turnarounds at Hamad
International Airport (HIA).
Honeywell Aerospace President EMEAI, Mr. James
Currier, said, “Honeywell has technology today that can make air
travel safer – from the traveller to the airport worker,
throughout the airport and onboard the aircraft. We’re working
across business lines to develop new products such as Honeywell ThermoRebellion, a new temperature-monitoring solution -
Environmental Control System Check, which allows airlines to
monitor air flow in the cabin, and an array of Personal Protective
Equipment. All this allows for cleaner and safer airports.”
Qatar Airways’ aircraft will continue to be
regularly disinfected using cleaning products recommended by IATA and the World
Health Organization (WHO).
The Honeywell UV Cabin System will be utilised as an additional step after manual disinfection, to
ensure the very highest standards of cleanliness.
onboard 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
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Mr.
Akbar Al Baker, said, “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.”