Spanish aircraft cabin interior maintenance company AIRE is supporting airlines at Madrid Barajas Airport with their mandatory cleaning and disinfection activities to help protect against the spread of coronavirus (covid-19).

    Due to the rapidly growing number of cases of the disease, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has issued mandatory safety directives SD 2020-01 and SD 2020-02 designed to combat further dissemination of the infection via airline travel.

    The association states that airlines must “clean and fully disinfect the aircraft, using substances suitable for aviation use, after each flight arriving from an airport located in an affected area with high risk of transmission of the covid-19 infection. The operator shall ensure that the aircraft is fully cleaned and disinfected not later than 24 hours after departure”.

    To this end, AIRE is providing a cleaning and disinfection service for cabin interiors and cargo compartments with aircraft-approved, broad-spectrum disinfectants, including a special treatment to dry-clean and disinfect the aircraft carpet.

    AIRE is implementing these activities in line with procedures from the Aircraft Maintenance Manual, in compliance with EASA regulations.

    The broad-spectrum disinfectant is released by means of a spray pump and scrubbed with a lint-free cotton cloth, thereby ensuring all contact surfaces are fully disinfected. After completion of the service, AIRE releases a Certificate of Disinfection (CoD) as proof of the mandatory cleaning activities having been carried out on board.

    With a team based at Madrid Barajas airport, AIRE is available on a 24/7 basis and able to provide this service on both day and night shifts, adapting to each aircraft’s specific operation.

    With more than 20 years’ experience in cabin maintenance and a specialised team for cleaning and disinfection procedures, AIRE says it is ready to “give airlines a cost-effective and timely solution to the current situation, allowing passengers to fly in a safe environment”.

    Established in 2000, AIRE (Aircraft Interior Refurbishment España) is a leading organisation working in the aircraft cabin interiors environment, with more than 100 hundred employees distributed across two main bases in Madrid (at Coslada and Getafe) and a third in Palma de Mallorca.

    As an EASA-approved part 21J, 21G and 145 operator, AIRE is able to manage large cabin projects through its engineering, production and maintenance activities, providing its customers with ‘nose to tail’ cabin solutions.

    Meanwhile, Ohio-based Constant Aviation is working around the clock to treat business and private aircraft with MicroShield 360, an FDA-approved antimicrobial shield.

    Visit aire.es for more information.