JetBlue is piloting Honeywell’s UV Cabin System, the first time the solution has been implemented by a US airline.

The Honeywell UV Cabin System can pass through an aircraft cabin in less than 10 minutes. Roughly the size of an aircraft beverage cart the system has UV-C light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces. JetBlue will evaluate the system’s place in its operation, while continuing other cleaning methods.

The airline has taken receipt of eight systems, which are being out into service as part of JetBlue’s Safety from the Ground Up program at two of the airline’s focus cities, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. These two locations kicked off a 90-day pilot program for JetBlue to evaluate the Honeywell solution.

“With the safety of our crew members and customers our first priority, JetBlue’s Safety from the Ground Up initiative is maintaining a layered approach to safety by ensuring healthy crew members, providing flexibility, adding space, reducing touchpoints, and keeping surfaces clean and sanitised,” said Joanna Geraghty, JetBlue’s president and COO. “As we look to add additional layers of protection by utilising cutting-edge technology, we have identified the Honeywell UV Cabin System as a potential game changer when it comes to efficiently assisting in our efforts to sanitise surfaces onboard.”

“JetBlue took an immediate interest in this new product when we demonstrated it for them just a few weeks ago, and now JetBlue is receiving our first systems,” said Mike Madsen, Honeywell Aerospace president and CEO. “We’ve ramped up production quickly on the UV Cabin System, and our company is working on a range of solutions to help make passengers more comfortable about flying.”

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