"We are bringing you solutions for a safe and healthy journey so you can continue trusting in air travel, from the moment you consider boarding an aircraft to the minute you leave the airport."
Jean-Brice Dumont, Executive Vice President Engineering at Airbus
What will flying be like now?
In a post-pandemic world, a safe and healthy journey will involve a number of additional actions that begin even before the journey starts. Preparing for a trip, travelling to the airport, passing through baggage drop off and security, waiting to board a flight and passing through the gate, all of these stages of the air travel journey are now being redesigned to ensure everyone’s health and safety is the top priority.
This is why it is essential to complement existing hygiene best practices with new health and safety routines. All of the measures and routines below combined create a safe travel experience:
How can I prepare for my trip?
Get informed. The instructions, guidelines and safety measures provided by the airline are the first and best source of information. Please visit the websites of our aviation partners indicated below for up-to-date information.
Go digital. Wherever possible, prepare all logistics online: check in online so printing a boarding pass at the airport is not necessary, and take advantage of the features offered through the airline’s mobile applications.
Be mindful. Respect and apply new health and safety routines and be in good health before starting a journey.
Where can I find up-to-date travel information?
We are all adapting to a “new normal” and the situation is evolving on a daily basis. It’s no secret our flying experience will not be the same as it was before. The entire travel experience will be different depending on the departure and arrival airports, the airline, and the local regulations. It is highly recommended that the websites of our aviation partners below are consulted for the most up to date travel information and guidelines.
Today, the outbreak of a global pandemic has brought with it a great deal of concern. We might see changes in the way we will travel for the foreseeable future. Our world may not be the same as it was half a century ago, but aviation will continue to play a key role. During the pandemic, we counted on aviation for delivering vital air cargo services to boost global supply chains, evacuating stranded passengers, and enabling time-critical life-saving emergency and humanitarian response missions.
Since its early days (50 years ago) Airbus has always been driven by the dream of human flight, engineering machines that took to the skies, stimulating the human desire for connection and curiosity, and transporting vital goods and services around the world. We worked with and continue to work with the vast ecosystem of innovation technologies, engineering communities, governing bodies and airlines, airports, associations and partners to build what is today, by far the safest means of travel.
In the past as in the future, aviation will continue to stimulate the recovery by connecting global economies and enabling the revival of trade and tourism. It will also be important for renewing and maintaining social and family ties.
That’s why our number one priority remains unchanged: the continued safe transport of everyone who flies aboard our aircraft. After all, our purpose of uniting, and safeguarding people across the world comes with great responsibility.
From the moment the aircraft is designed - optimum health considerations are taken into account in the cabin. This space is carefully constructed to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for all. As a golden standard - Airbus conducts regular simulation studies to maintain an optimum design of airflow in the cabin.
These simulations are robust - powered by computational fluid dynamics modelling - and provide a highly accurate guideline for the air flow, designed to remove the smallest particulates from the exhalation area of each passenger.
The simulations are frequently compared to actual onboard tests to ascertain that the models match reality. Independent studies conducted by researchers from Harvard demonstrate that the airflow design onboard an aircraft is effective in removing contaminants to such a degree that it predominantly shows flying remains safe, or is even safer, than routine daily activities, such as going to the grocery store.
Here is why the cabin air flow design provides optimised clean air onboard an aircraft.
The air in Airbus aircraft cabins is a mix of fresh air drawn from outside, and recirculated air. Recirculated cabin air goes through High-Efficiency-Particulate Arrestors (HEPA) filters, which remove particles in the air down to the size of microscopic bacteria and virus clusters. The cabin air is exchanged about every 2-3 minutes which enables a high virus dilution rate.Read more
We have leveraged innovation for decades to design a cabin environment which is safe for passengers and crew to breathe clean air throughout their journeys.
The air in the cabin is renewed about every 2-3 minutes. It is a mix of fresh air drawn from outside and purified air from the cabin that has passed through extremely efficient filters. These are called High-Efficiency Particulate Arrestors (HEPA) filters, which remove more than 99.9% of particles present in the air, down to the size of microscopic bacteria and virus clusters.
Air enters the cabin through vents near the overhead bins, travelling downwards before being removed via vents in the floor. This strong downwards flow prevents horizontal air movement within the cabin, reducing risk of cross-contamination between adjacent seat rows.
The air is then either expelled from the aircraft or recirculated via the HEPA filters.
Airlines perform thorough cleaning and disinfection routines to create a hygienic environment for everyone on board. Specialised teams work with highly efficient approved products and disinfectants to conduct deep cleaning of aircraft cabins, lavatories and their surfaces, crew rest and galley working areas as well as the cockpit.
Airbus provides information to airlines and operators on appropriate cleaning procedures - pre-flight - as well as on the type of cleaning products to use in the aircraft.
At Airbus, we are engaging and exchanging information with airlines and operators on appropriate cleaning procedures as well as on the type of cleaning products to use in the aircraft.
In addition, we collaborate with airlines and aviation partners to look into alternative and promising methods to disinfect.
Here are some additional solutions we are testing for efficiency and feasibility: