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Emirates airline increases cleaning measures to combat coronavirus spread

On average, 248 planes undergo a comprehensive cleaning and sterilisation within 24 hours

Emirates airline increases cleaning measures to combat coronavirus spread

On average, 248 planes undergo a comprehensive cleaning and sterilisation within 24 hours. Image: Emirates

A team of 18 people work for an hour to clean, sterilise and prepare for the next Emirates flight.

While the Airbus A380 involves a team of 36 workers and the Dubai-based carrier employs a number of additional measures to mitigate the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

In a statement, the company said it is subjecting all its planes departing from Dubai to precautionary measures that include “extensive and comprehensive” cleaning and sterilisation of all passenger compartments.

It said: “The cleaning process includes a comprehensive survey of all surfaces, from windows, tables, personal video screens, armrests, seats, seat controls, ventilation openings and upper cabinets in the cabin, to bathrooms, corridors, and the staff's comfort areas, in addition to other routine procedures, such as changing headrest covers on all seats, print replacement and floor cleaning.”

On average, 248 planes undergo a comprehensive cleaning and sterilisation within 24 hours.

If a suspected or confirmed case of coronavirus is discovered on board, the deep cleaning and disinfection process takes between six to eight hours and includes spraying the interior with antiseptic materials, and replacing seat covers and upholstery in the affected area. Air filters in the cabin are also replaced.

All Emirates aircraft are equipped with HEPA air filters capable of removing 99.97 percent of viruses, germs, fungi and dust, which makes the cabin atmosphere clean, safe and comfortable for passengers and crew.

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