American Airlines has added the electrostatic spraying solution SurfaceWise2 to its cleaning programme in a bid to tackle travel during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Developed by Allied BioScience, the solution is the “first-ever long-lasting” product to help fight the spread of the coronavirus that is approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    American Airlines‘s chief operating officer, David Seymour, said: “The American Airlines Clean Commitment is our promise that we’re taking bold measures and using the latest products and technology to help ensure our customers’ well-being when they travel with us.

    “Thanks to rigorous evaluations conducted by the experienced professionals at the EPA, the American Airlines team and Allied BioScience, our multitiered program will become even stronger at safeguarding our customers and team members from virus such as coronavirus and the flu.”

    In the coming months, American Airlines will begin using SurfaceWise2 for cleaning, via electrostatic spraying on surfaces inside its aircraft with plans to use the product throughout its entire fleet, including those in its American Eagle regional partners.

    Other elements of the airline’s multitiered Clean Commitment, include enhanced aircraft cleaning performed before every mainline flight and an even deeper overnight cleaning.

    “SurfaceWise2’s long-lasting defence provides a layer of protection against viruses not offered by any other solutions on the market,” said Maha El-Sayed, PhD, Allied BioScience chief science officer.

    “We look forward to also seeing SurfaceWise2 used in offices, schools, gymnasiums and other high-traffic areas to support the nation in safely reopening.”

    “SurfaceWise2 creates an invisible barrier on surfaces, which physically breaks down and kills virus cells,” said Dr. Charles Gerba, an infectious disease expert.

    “This helps protect passengers and crew members against the transmission of coronavirus via surfaces, particularly on high-touch areas such as seats, armrests, tray tables and overhead bin doors.”