The Germfalcon aircraft cabin hygiene system developed by Dimer LLC has received a lot of interest since its launch, and its place in the final round of the 2017 Crystal Cabin Awards. The system has taken a further step forward, with Dimer entering a partnership with Honeywell to bring the ultraviolet cleaning (UVC) system to airlines under an exclusive worldwide licence.
Now named the Honeywell UV Cabin System, the hardware is similar in size to an aircraft beverage cart so it can be rolled down an aircraft aisle. Arms featuring UVC lights are extended over the top of seats, which as the unit is pushed down the aisle, sweep the cabin to sanitise surfaces. According to Dimer, the lights deliver doses of UVC (at wavelengths of 200-280nm) that medical studies have found to reduce various viruses and bacteria, including SARS CoV and MERS CoV. Results vary based on UV dosage and application, and no testing has been done specifically on protection against Covid-19.
Another benefit is speed – particularly important to reduce aircraft turnaround times – and the system can treat a cabin in less than 10 minutes for just a few dollars per flight for midsize to large airline fleets.
The exclusive licence between Dimer and Honeywell is part of a strategic partnership for Honeywell to produce, advertise and sell portable UV technology devices for use within the aerospace industry. Honeywell says it is currently in discussions with multiple airlines and service providers for the UV Cabin System.
“This offering is a big win for our airline customers, which are seeking affordable ways to clean their cabins effectively and quickly between flights,” said Mike Madsen, Honeywell Aerospace president and CEO. “Honeywell is working on a range of solutions to help make passengers more comfortable about flying.”
Honeywell is accepting orders for the UV Cabin System, with the first shipments coming in July. Pricing will vary based on quantity, but for midsize to large airlines with hundreds or more aircraft, Honeywell says the system could be applied to their aircraft for less than US$10 per use.
“Working with Honeywell puts this technology in the hands of a worldwide aerospace leader that can quickly deliver to airlines and other aircraft operators,” said Elliot M. Kreitenberg, co-founder and president of Dimer LLC. “As the travel industry begins to recover, we know hospital-grade technology will ease passenger concerns, and that’s what we’re providing with this system.”