Boeing Launches A “Confident Travel Initiative” To Encourage Travel

The American plane maker Boeing created and launched a new Confident Travel Initiative to encourage people to take to the skies again.

The embattled aircraft manufacturer yesterday launched its Confident Travel Initiative, appointed long-time Boeing Vice President Mike Delaney to lead the team that will “work to develop new solutions to help minimise air travel health risks amid the COVID-19 pandemic and drive awareness of health safeguards already in place”, the company said in a statement issued on Thursday 14 May.

Delaney has worked at Boeing for 31 years and currently serves as vice president of Digital Transformation at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“Air travel is coming back,” said the newly installed Confident Travel Initiative boss, Boeing’s Mike Delaney.

“As that happens, we want passengers and crews to board Boeing airplanes without hesitation.”

The Confident Travel Initiative team will work with airlines, global regulators, industry stakeholders, flying passengers, infectious disease experts and behavioural specialists to establish industry-recognised safety recommendations. The team is also advising operators on existing, approved disinfectants that are compatible with the airplane flight decks and cabins and testing other sanitisers.

Boeing’s effort will build on the industry’s enhanced safety approaches – including enhanced cleaning, temperature checks and the use of face coverings – and promote the proven systems already in place to help maintain cabin cleanliness. One such system is the air filtration system present on all Boeing airplanes. The air filtration system incorporates High Efficiency Particulate Air HEPA filters similar to those used in hospitals and industrial clean rooms. HEPA filters are 99.9 percent effective at removing particulates such as viruses, bacteria and fungi before air is recirculated back to the cabin.

“As air travel slowly begins to resume and restrictions ease around the globe, health and safety remain our top priorities for our teams who design, build and service the airplanes and all those who fly on them,” said Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun. “Mike’s deep technical expertise, leadership skills, industry knowledge and great passion for our customers make him uniquely qualified to lead this effort.”

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