Health security has become the principal priority of passengers today, overruling previous concerns such as excess baggage, flight delays and turbulence. Not only do airlines need to juggle previous customer touchpoints such as service and safety, but now they have to find a solution for health as well.
For airlines, facing this insurmountable reality of the global coronavirus crisis can feel like an enormous task and one without a clear answer. Thankfully, there are a few masterminded developments that may tackle this challenge head-on.
Eways Aviation has put together an up-to-date checklist of solutions that will help airline service and satisfy passengers without exposing them to harm.
Barrier screens for passengers
These screens are barriers to prevent the COVID virus from passing person to person via aerosol droplets (imagine coughing or sneezing). With the addition of the aircraft’s cabin environment refreshing during flight every three minutes and air cycled through hospital-grade filters, the virus’ cannot disseminate within the onboard environment.
Detecting coronavirus onboard aircraft
Converting passenger aircraft into cargo carriers
One such way is to use cabin cargo device. This allows the aircraft to fill up empty seats with cargo packages without damaging the passenger interior nor extensively remove seating. This option allows an airline to transport passengers and cargo, and if needed, swap one out for the other. For some airlines who wish to run a cargo flight but lack the hold space, these certified devices efficiently double the carrying capacity (up to a maximum take-off weight of course!).
Social distance aircraft hand-overs
This new method has already been implemented by Pegasus Airlines, a Turkish low-cost-carrier for their new fleet of A320neo aircraft. It consisted of three stages, a technical acceptance completion, then an electronic transfer-of-title, and finally a ferry-flight with minimal personal and subsequent reception of the plane.
“This way Airbus eliminates the necessity of the customer’s team to be physically present at the Airbus Delivery Centre,” Airbus said in a press release, also mentioning that this new method may be used beyond the current crisis and into the future.