Qatar Airways making flying safer than ever

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March 13, 2020
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Qatar Airways is leading the way in making flying the safest form of transport from an operational and health perspective.

Qatar Airways maintains the very highest levels in airline safety, hygiene standards and procedures where its passenger’s experience remains the top priority.

The airline’s fleet is one the world’s youngest with the state-of-the-art 787s and A350s backed up by 777s and A380s for long-haul.

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The airline is continually reviewing its processes for ensuring cabin cleanliness and all aircraft are disinfected regularly as part of the normal cleaning process and has led the industry since the Coronavirus started to spread.

After each flight into Doha, the aircraft interiors go through rigorous fumigation with all surfaces wiped down with special disinfectant.

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Armrests, tray tables, video screens, sidewalls all get the treatment, while seat covers are removed. Even the ceiling is cleaned to a factory new condition.

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But this is only the start with the airline’s staff trained with the latest hygiene protocols and cleaning procedures, using products recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Air Transport Association.

And most of the airline’s aircraft are fitted with the most advanced air filtration systems available in the market.

These systems are equipped with industrial-size HEPA filters that remove 99.97 per cent of viral and bacterial contaminants from re-circulated air, providing the most effective protection against infection

According to Dr David Powell, IATA’s Medical Advisor, “many people don’t realize, but the risk of contracting a virus on board a flight is probably lower than in many confined spaces because modern aircraft have cabin air filtration systems equipped with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters.”

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“These filters have a similar performance to those used to keep the air clean in hospital operating rooms and industrial clean rooms.”

However, in most cases, the air in the cabin is replaced every two minutes.

The outside air, which humans cannot breathe because of the low atmospheric pressure is sucked into the aircraft’s compressors and filters, then heated or cooled as required and fed into the cabin for passengers to breathe.

After each flight, Qatar Airways washes all the linen and blankets, which are dried at 90 degrees centigrade, then pressed using an iron operated at 100 degrees centigrade.

The result is virtually new linen.

The laundry operators use gloves, and the items are sealed into individual packaging.

And the very important food that you will eat on board is prepared in kitchens of Qatar Aircraft Catering Company (QACC) which was the first organization in the world to achieve ISO22000:2018 certification from Bureau Veritas with UKAS accreditation, confirming QACC’s Food Safety Management System meets the highest standards.

You can literally eat your dinner off the floor at QACC.

The utensils and cutlery are washed with detergents and rinsed with demineralized fresh water at temperatures that kill pathogenic bacteria. All the sanitized equipment is handled by staff with wearing hygienic disposable gloves, while cutlery is individually re-packed and again it’s like a hospital operating theatre.

But not only are the aircrafts spotless but on the ground at the airline’s superb hub – Hamad International Airport – full and strict airport screening is in place where all arrivals from affected countries are screened to identify passengers with symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus).

To help passengers make bookings with confidence Qatar Airways has introduced new flexible travel policies applicable for both existing and future travellers.

Qatar Airways is offering the opportunity to change a travel date free-of-charge*, or exchange a booked ticket for a future travel voucher*, up to 3 days prior to departure for travel until 30 June 2020.

*Terms and conditions do apply and can be found on the link below.

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