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Super-charged Cabin Cleaning Across The Fleet

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I recently joined Gary in Part 8 of his Ask Gary video series to show off some state-of-the-art technology our Aircraft Appearance group is already using to take our cabin cleanliness to a new level. Here is Brian Bond, our Director of Aircraft Appearance, to explain more about this new technology.

 


Our initial testing went so well that we quickly moved to implement the technology this past weekend, and we’re already using these electrostatic sprayers as one of the final steps during all overnight stops in our Maintenance Base hangars. We were able to treat more than 40 aircraft on the first night, and we expect to have the active fleet fully treated within a couple of weeks.

It's a simplistic analogy, but the disinfection and antimicrobial solutions that our Technicians are applying through these sprayers combine to be something of a “super primer” that acts as a baseline of foundational cleanliness that enhances a margin of safety for all Employee and Customer touchpoints.

This is a very different technology and application than some of the “fogging” treatments you might have seen in other public spaces.

The electrostatic application causes droplets of both the disinfection agent and antimicrobial cleaner to produce a fine mist that wraps around all surfaces and coats in a way that human hands simply can’t touch. And according to the manufacturer, the combination of the electrostatic charge plus the cleaners we’ve chosen for the program create droplets that cling to every surface with a force that’s 75 times stronger than the pull of the Earth’s gravity!

The solutions meet our strict standards for safety and complement other hospital-grade and EPA-registered solutions we use to clean our aircraft during our nightly appearance work.

We have more than 100 of these highly specialized units on order and, as the size of fleet and number of overnighting aircraft climbs back toward pre-pandemic levels, we’ll continue evaluating new ways to utilize the technology with the overarching goal of instilling confidence for everyone who steps onboard a Southwest aircraft.

We want you to know you’ll be hearing a lot more in the coming weeks about our overall effort to bolster confidence in cleanliness, as air travel begins to recover in the months ahead. It’s top of mind in Technical Operations, and it’s top of mind across the Company.

3 Comments
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I beg the Southwest CEO and board members to require MASKS AND GLOVES be mandatory and worn aboard all flights.  Both my wife and I have cronic health issues and if we and many, many others get this disease we will die.

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A review of the Material Safety Data Sheet for the

Celeste® Sani-Cide EX3 Disinfectant and Multi-Purpose Cleaner

has me concerned with the ph rating for this product. I have done some research on long-term antimicrobials and found the product MonoFoil D is less caustic than the Sani-Cide product.  The MonoFoil has about 10 years of history with the military as well as many professional sports teams. I do think Southwest should look close at this product.

It applies in the same manner and is less complicated for staff to apply with the electrostatic spray devices.

 

 

 

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I just flew this morning on my favorite airline and learned about the disinfecting program that is now in place.  Being responsible for a manufacturing facility during these critical times carries the weight of personal concern for our associates as SWA has for it's employees and customers.  I watched your video of the electrostatic sprayer for disinfectants, can you please share the manufacturers information?

Best regards

Frank