The COVID-19 pandemic shuttered the global transportation industry overnight. As a key provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services, Boeing was actively seeking solutions that could help mitigate the risk that companies, employees, and passengers were facing in both the public and private sectors of transportation.
In partnership between Healthe Inc. and Boeing, Healthe developed a portable cleaning wand for use in airplanes.
By introducing the Confident Travel Initiative along with a new UVC Wand PRO™, Boeing emerged as a leader in the global effort to provide passengers and crew with a cleaner travel experience. Boeing’s next step was to enter into a patent and technology license with Healthe® Inc. under which Healthe is manufacturing an ultraviolet (UV) wand designed to clean airplane interiors using UVC-222.
Using the self-contained apparatus that resembles a carry-on suitcase, crews can pass UVC-222 light over high-touch surfaces, inactivating pathogens within seconds everywhere the light reaches. The WAND is particularly effective in compact spaces and is able to clean a standard flight cockpit in less than 15 minutes.
Etihad Airways was first to evaluate the device, using the Wand PRO on the Etihad 787-10 Eco Demonstrator airplane on Aug. 21.
“The UV wand is designed to be more effective than similar devices. It quickly disinfects surfaces on an airplane and further strengthens other layers of protection for passengers and crew,” said Mike Delaney, who leads Boeing’s CTI efforts. “Boeing spent six months transforming an idea for the wand into a working model, and Healthe will now take that prototype and make it available to the world at large.”