Friday, May 22, 2020

What flying Air India will be like after coronavirus lockdown

New Delhi: India's flagship carrier Air India is all set to take off after the novel coronavirus lockdown grounded passenger flights in the country for over two months. Air India released a video on their YouTube channel today to talk about the measures they are taking to ensure a safe journey to its passengers once domestic flights resume on Monday (May 25). The video documents the santisation and preservation processes of the Air India fleet, and what flying will look like once the lockdown is lifted.
The clip begins with the chief executive officer of Air India Engineering Services Limited, HR Jagannath, talking about the challenges that the aviation industry is facing because of the novel coronavirus pandemic. He also talked about how this has created a lot of work for the engineering services - the section that monitors the sanitisation in aircraft.
"Every surface is tested. Mostly, we use isopropyl alcohol for wiping down all the (hard) surfaces. We ensure that the viruses are all cleaned up. We ensure that the toilets are properly cleaned and disinfected. We also see that the cockpits and cabins are disinfected. We ensure that the carpets are thoroughly vacuumed and disinfected," he says in the video.
The clip, which was shared on YouTube, is titled "Feel safe when you fly with us. Watch how ready we are to make your travel safe."
The clip shows the staff santising the aircraft properly to make it ready for travel. The video also revealed that the carrier is fitted with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters. With the help of this filter, the cabin air is constantly exchanged and circulated with a mix of outside air and filtered inside air. This helps in removing 99.9 per cent of viruses and bacteria.
22/05/20 Krishna Priya Pallavi/India Today
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