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Dnata and Uveya take cabin cleaning services to new heights with UV technology
Dnata, one of the world's largest air services providers, is working with Swiss start-up technology company Uveya, to deliver the highest level of safety for air travellers and help provide confidence and peace of mind throughout the journey. The two companies will take aircraft cleaning services to a new level by utilising ultraviolet technology to sanitise the cabin.
Dnata's enhanced cabin cleaning service was trialled on board the aircraft of Swiss regional carrier Helvetic Airways.
Uveya's cutting-edge solution uses UV-C rays to disinfect the interior of the aircraft, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew. During the cleaning process, an autonomous sterilisation robot emits concentrated UV-C light across the cabin, effectively killing over 99% of bacteria and pathogens, such as Coronavirus, in the air and on all surfaces in a few minutes, without using any chemicals.
"We are delighted to join forces with Uveya to offer airline partners another innovative, safe and reliable solution," says Lukas Gyger, chief operating officer of dnata Switzerland. "Our enhanced cabin cleaning services will deliver enhanced safety and efficiency, helping our customers restore confidence in air travel.
"We continue to invest in the latest technologies to provide service excellence to our customers and their passengers across our global operations."
Tristan Chevignard, business development manager of Uveya, adds: "We are thrilled to explore the aviation market for our UVC disinfection solution with such renowned partners. We believe this collaboration will help assure aircraft are clean, safe and up to the high-level standards of this industry."
Dnata's UV-C solution complements its existing aircraft cabin cleaning services which the company delivers for over 250 airline customers globally. Its enhanced cleaning process involves extensive cleaning with a stronger disinfectant and includes a comprehensive wipedown 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.
The on-board cleaning chemicals are approved by the relevant authorities and proven to kill viruses and germs. They leave a long-lasting protective coating against new contamination of viruses, bacteria and fungi on surfaces, and are eco-friendly. A dedicated quality team and shift managers oversee the cleaning on the majority of flights.
Since the Covid-19 outbreak began, dnata's expert teams have worked around the clock to develop and implement a comprehensive health & safety programme, enhancing services, processes and training across the company's operations. It has run disinfection programmes and introduced new personal protective measures to safeguard its skilled staff and deliver world-class safety for its airline partners and their passengers.
Rene Marmet, chief operating officer of Helvetic Airways, says: "By making available our infrastructure and fleet for testing, Helvetic Airways is significantly contributing to the development of a promising and innovative aircraft disinfection solution which aims to make air travel safer."
8th April 2021