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Flynas sets new inflight safety standards to tackle MERS
Flynas, an award winning, low cost, Saudi Arabian airline, has set new standards of in-flight safety, by adding Virus Guard disinfectant wet wipes and sprays to its in-flight hygiene programme, to protect passengers from viruses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and Birdflu.
The product is said to offer protection for up to 10 days.
Flynas spokesperson Mrs Eman Yusuf, in-flight services and on-board product manager, says: "Flynas is determined to help protect everyone on board. Flynas will use the special wet wipes and sprays to disinfect all surface areas on board the aircraft. We make passenger safety a top priority and using Virus Guard will reassure them we are doing all we can to combat cross contamination."
It has long been recognised that air travel facilitates the spread of dangerous pathogens, and recent outbreaks of viruses such as MERS and Ebola have heightened concerns that the cleaning procedures used by many airlines simply aren't good enough.
Company spokesperson for Virus Guard, Alex sahni, says the move by Flynas to use the Virus Guard products was great news for passengers and crew who are worried about being affected by one of these viruses on international flights.
"This is a bold and welcome step by Flynas to start disinfecting its aircraft using Virus Guard," he says. "Typically, aircraft surfaces used or touched by passengers are rarely or never disinfected, but because our product is simple to use and extremely effective for up to 10 days, we're confident it can help to eliminate the risk of cross contamination. We hope that other airlines will follow Flynas's example and offer passengers added protection."
Virus Guard wipes come in convenient packs of 20 and 50 wipes. When used, the wipe leaves a microscopic layer on surfaces that actively protects against a wide range of viruses and kills both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, as well as vegetative cells and fungus.
The product created a lot of interest at the Aircraft Interior Expo in Hamburg. Flynas, which signed a deal with Virus Guard to use the product, consolidated its position as one of the foremost carriers in the Middle East, after being presented with the 'Middle East's leading low-cost airline' award at the World Travel Awards in Dubai, in May.
11th June 2015