FlySafair aircraft are carefully cleaned in line with the highest standards in aviation health and safety practices. Still, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 has called for us to step up measures to ensure maximum prevention of infection. Here are some of the steps that we have undertaken to keep customers and crew safe from infection during flight.
- Aircraft Cabin Sterilisation. All FlySafair aircraft are undergoing a deep clean every evening to decontaminate all surfaces using cleaning products that are designed to combat the COVID-19 virus.
- During the day, between flights, our cleaning teams are conducting quick sterilisations to refresh the cabins, again using cleaning solutions designed to combat the virus.
The first step in each of these processes is to wipe down and thoroughly clean all common touch surfaces using a powerful, aircraft grade, anti-viral cleaning agent called Sancide EX3.
Once this clean is complete, the teams will then mist the cabin with another anti-viral agent to ensure all surfaces are clean and virus free.
Between flights the crew will use an aerosol fogger called IAMA Global Sanitiser. In the evenings the aircraft will be sterilised using an Electrostatic sprayer that contains a solution called Aerosan which is great to combat COVID-19 and also remains active on surfaces for up to 24 hours - continuing to fight the virus.
While Corona is not an airborne disease, many customers around the world have cited the quality of air within the cabin of an aircraft as a significant source of concern.
FlySafair’s aircraft are equipped with a sophisticated air recycling system that completely renews the cabin air every few minutes. This system operates across blocks of seat rows, ensuring all parts of the aircraft receive the same quality of fresh air simultaneously.
This system employs High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that are identical to those used in operating theatres. These filters successfully remove 99.999% of even the smallest viruses, including those measuring just 0.01 micrometres. The coronavirus family measures between 0.08 and 0.16 micrometres and are therefore extracted by the HEPA filters very effectively. All filters are obviously changed regularly in line with the manufacturer regulations to ensure optimal efficiency.
Both ourselves and the airports are providing appropriate hand sanitiser to customers before boarding to minimise the possible spread of viral bodies within the aircraft cabin. Customers are advised to practice impeccable hand hygiene and to cough or sneeze into a tissue or bent elbow.
Our crew have been provided with approved hand sanitiser, which they will be using regularly to avoid spreading the virus.