Flitetec launches cabin cleaner to help combat COVID-19


Flitetec, a UK-based cabin interiors support provider, has launched MX14 Aero, a water-based antibacterial cleaner for soft furnishings, leather and plastics. The product was due to be launched at Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) in Hamburg at the end of March, but after the trade show was postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Flitetec has decided to push ahead with the immediate launch of the aviation-grade cleaning solution.

MX14 Aero has been developed as a water-based antibacterial cleaner to remove ink and stain marks from leather and soft furnishings. It can also be used on interior parts, including plastics in galleys, seats and lavs, and has just gained EN1040 certification for its antibacterial qualities.

“We took the decision to launch MX14 Aero immediately following the escalation of COVID-19, said Flitetec managing director, Trevor Lea. “Following the safety directive recently issued by EASA, MX14 Aero will help to help combat the spread of coronavirus, with EASA recommending that airlines on all routes step up the frequency of cleaning as a preventative measure.”

Lea added that MX14 is formulated to not only comply with the required regulations and conform to rigorous aerospace specifications, but is the only cleaner in the industry to be 100% biodegradable, with no chlorines, bleaches or solvents.

An airline seat with a leather dress cover before and after treatment using Flitetec’s MX14 Aero cleaning system

“All packaging is made of recyclable materials. It has refillable dispensers, so no single use plastic is involved,” stated Lea. “MX14 Aero offers vast cost savings by eliminating the need to repair or replace soiled furnishings through cleaning whilst maintaining their fire-retardant properties. It cuts waste and scrappage of soft furnishings and is made of natural products which significantly reduce any odour after application.”

He also stated that the company’s attention to the rigorous EASA/FAA regulatory requirements, which includes engineering, testing, documentation and quality, means that MX14 Aero also provides and updates the necessary information to maintain the adherence to the rules and regulations.

MX14 meets ISO9001-2015 (quality) ISO14001-2015 (environmental) standards, tested to: ASTM F484-08, F485-08, F1104-02 and F2109-01. Including CS/FAR 25.853 App F Part 1 (a) (1) (ii) and CS/FAR 25.853 App F Part 1 (a) (1) (i). The product also has 21J Engineering drawing for repair authorisation and Technology Readiness Level 9 (TRL9).

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