Emirates has introduced complete disinfection of all aircraft cabins for flights departing Dubai in response to the Coronavirus.
The extra steps go above and beyond industry and regulatory requirements to ensure its passengers’ health and comfort, and provide them with confidence and peace of mind when planning their travel.
On all aircraft departing from its hub in Dubai, Emirates says it has implemented enhanced cleaning and complete disinfection of all cabins as a precaution.
In line with the latest expert medical finding that the COVID-19 virus is primarily transmitted by touch, Emirates has placed its greatest focus on surface cleaning.
The airline says it is using an approved chemical that is proven to kill viruses and germs, leaves a long-lasting protective coating against new contamination of viruses, bacteria and fungi on surfaces, and is eco-friendly.
The cleaning process includes a comprehensive wipe down of all surfaces – from windows, tray tables, seatback screens, armrests, seats, in-seat controls, panels, air vents and overhead lockers in the cabin, to lavatories, galleys and crew rest areas. All of this is done in addition to other normal procedures such as changing headrest covers on all seats, replacement of reading materials, vacuuming, and more.
To complete this thorough cleaning process within an hour while the aircraft is preparing for its next mission, requires a team of 18 trained cleaners on a Boeing 777, and a team of 36 for an A380. In a 24-hour period on an average day, some 248 aircraft go through this process.
Watch the video on Emirates’ enhanced aircraft cleaning process.
On any aircraft that were found to have transported a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case, Emirates would go even further and implement deep cleaning and disinfection in a process that takes between six to eight hours to complete. This includes the defogging of cabin interiors and misting with disinfectant across all soft furnishings, and replacement of seat covers and cushions in the affected area. The aircraft’s HEPA cabin air filters will also be replaced.
All of Emirates’ aircraft are fitted with HEPA cabin air filters which are proven to filter out 99.97% of viruses. They also remove dust, allergens and microbes from the air recirculated into the cabin and cockpit, which helps to provide a safer, healthier and more comfortable environment for the passengers and crew.
The airline has also added flexibility, choice, and value for passengers with the ability to change their travel dates without change and re-issuance fees. This waiver policy applies to all booked tickets issued on or from 7 March until 31 March 2020.