BioCote’s antimicrobial technology has been integrated into high-touch aircraft interior products manufactured by Aereos Interior Solutions. The upgraded products include tray tables, toilet shrouds, toilet seats and window shades – available with no incremental cost to customers.
Working alongside stringent cleaning regimes and good hand-hygiene practices, antimicrobial technology is designed to protect surfaces permanently by preventing the growth of a wide range of microbes.
The company says protected products are easier to keep hygienically clean, the risk of cross-contamination is lowered, and material degradation, odours and staining are reduced, helping to extend product life. BioCote’s antimicrobial technology is formulated to work continuously for the expected lifetime of the treated product, without wearing out or washing off.
Aereos Interior Solutions says that the technology is effective against bacteria including E. coli, MRSA, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria; mould; fungi; and the influenza A H1N1 virus. It has been proven to reduce a strain of feline coronavirus (Munich) by 90% in two hours. The company notes that in tests carried out by an independent microbiological testing laboratory, its products containing BioCote technology were more than 99.8% effective against MRSA and E. coli. BioCote antimicrobial technology is also certified by Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) International and approved as food-contact-safe by the FDA.
“We are pleased to play a part in helping airlines build passenger confidence by introducing a line of antimicrobial high-touch aircraft parts that work 24/7, during and even between traditional cleanings by the airlines,” said David Baker, partner at Aereos Interior Solutions. “It has been a combined effort; our innovative proprietary processes and technologies developed over decades by highly skilled engineers working in collaboration with BioCote’s experienced team, leveraging 25 plus years’ success in the antimicrobial field.”
“We are proud to be involved in this industry first,” said David Hall, BioCote’s managing director. “BioCote has been active in the transport sector for some time, but our solutions have not been applied to aircraft interiors before. Airlines have recently bolstered their cleaning regimes, but antimicrobial technology provides a second line of defence. Combined with regular cleaning, it provides permanent protection by reducing the levels of microbes on surfaces to deliver the ultimate hygiene solution.”