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 needed a way to help rebuild trust between between companies, employees and passengers in both the public and private sectors of transportation.
In partnership with Healthe Inc., Boeing-developed portable wand will inactivate viruses and bacteria on airplanes for healthier traveling.
By introducing the Confident Travel Initiative along with a new UV wand for sanitization, Boeing stepped in as a leader in the global effort to provide passengers and crew with a safe, healthy and efficient 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 sanitize airplane interiors using UVC-222.
Using the self-contained apparatus that resembles a carry-on suitcase, crews can pass UV-222 light over high-touch surfaces, sanitizing and killing viruses and bacteria everywhere the light reaches. The UV wand is particularly effective in compact spaces and sanitizes a flight deck in less than 15 minutes which is going a long way towards supporting customers and enhancing the safety and well-being of passengers and crews during the pandemic.
Etihad Airways was first to evaluate the device, using the UV wand on the Etihad 787-10 ecoDemonstrator 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.”