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.
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.
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