JetBlue implements Honeywell's UV cleaning system
In clinical studies, ultraviolet light has been found to be able to significantly reduce certain viruses and bacteria when properly applied at prescribed levels
The Honeywell UV Cabin System can traverse an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes, and JetBlue will assess where the system is operating, while continuing other cleaning methods.
"With the safety of our crew members and customers as our first priority, JetBlue's Safety From Scratch initiative maintains a layered approach to safety by ensuring healthy crew members, providing flexibility, adding space, reducing touchpoints and keeping surfaces clean and sanitized, "said Joanna Geraghty, president and COO of JetBlue. "As we seek to add additional layers of protection through the use of state-of-the-art technology, we have identified the Honeywell UV Cabin System as a potential game changer when it comes to efficiently aiding our efforts to disinfect surfaces on board "
Honeywell has delivered eight of the devices to JetBlue, and the devices are now being commissioned as part of JetBlue's Safety from the Ground Up program in two of the airline's major cities, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. and Fort Lauderdale. Hollywood International Airport. These two locations launched a 90-day pilot program for JetBlue to evaluate the Honeywell solution.
"JetBlue was immediately interested in this new product when we demonstrated it a few weeks ago, and now JetBlue is receiving our first systems," said Mike Madsen, President and CEO of Honeywell Aerospace. "We have rapidly increased production in the UV cabin system, and our company is working on a range of solutions to help passengers feel more comfortable when flying."
The Honeywell UV Cabin System is about the size of an aircraft beverage cart and has UV-C light arms that extend over the top of the seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces. Properly applied, UV-C lights can deliver doses that clinical studies have shown are capable of reducing various viruses and bacteria, including SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV. Results vary based on dose and UV application. *
For SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, there are several ongoing medical studies involving UV-C light. Preliminary results from studies conducted by Boston University and a consortium of Italian medical professionals and academics report that UVC light can inactivate the virus at prescribed doses in the laboratory. Additional studies are underway for other settings.