Delta uses a high-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant on all flights, which is rated to combat many communicable diseases.
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our customers and crews and we continue to be in constant contact with the CDC, WHO and other health organizations to ensure we follow, and in many cases exceed, their guidance on health precautions related to coronavirus. Our aircraft cleaning teams are trained to meet Delta’s high cleanliness standards to provide our customers with a safe and comfortable onboard experience. Delta uses a high-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant on all flights, which is rated to combat many communicable diseases.
In light of global health concerns related to coronavirus, Delta is taking additional measures throughout our business. As of Feb. 2, we suspended all flights to China, where the vast majority of coronavirus cases have occurred, through April 30.
Trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic flights
For all trans-Pacific and trans-Atlantic flights, cleaning crews are required to complete a rigorous 19-point checklist for cabin cleanliness including disinfecting cabin surfaces and customer contact areas such as seats, seatback pockets, tray tables and floors. Common area surfaces in galleys and lavatories are also disinfected using the same high-grade, EPA-registered disinfectant used in all aircraft cleaning procedures.
Many Delta aircraft, including all of our international widebodies, plus many narrowbodies including 737s, 757s, A220s, A319s, A320s and A321s, are equipped with state-of-the-art air circulation systems, blending fresh outside air that is sterilized with a high-temperature compressor and ozone purifier with existing cabin air that has been recirculated through an industrial-grade HEPA filter. HEPA air filters extract more than 99.999% of even the tiniest viruses, as small as 0.01 micrometers. Coronaviruses, which range from 0.08 to 0.16 micrometers in size, are filtered by the HEPA filter. Delta’s 717s use 100% fresh outside air.
Pre-packaged lavatory cleaning supplies called Tidy Kits are available for use on many international and transcontinental flights. These kits include gloves, disinfectant wipes, a mini-mop with handle, a trash bag and a device for trash pickup.
In February, we began deploying a fogging technique with a highly-effective, EPA-registered disinfectant, on flights arriving in our U.S. gateways from Asia – Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Portland and Seattle. Fogging procedures are currently being performed on all trans-Pacific arrivals into the U.S. We are working rapidly and have sourced additional machines to expand fogging to inbound international flights prioritizing trans-Atlantic inbound flights from markets with reported cases of coronavirus. Fogging procedures on all inbound Italy flights to New York-JFK and Atlanta began on Feb 29.
Additional measures for U.S.-bound flights from Asia
All catering equipment on inbound Asia flights are undergoing additional sanitation and disinfectant procedures:
- All tableware, dishes, cutlery and glassware are being sanitized / disinfected before washing.
- All unused inbound supplies are being discarded.
- Inbound linen and headphones are being segregated and washed/sanitized/disinfected separately from other linen, headphones.
- All galley equipment including carts and carriers are being segregated, sanitized/disinfected and washed.
- We are also increasing our supply of wellness items such as hand sanitizer, gloves and surgical masks for customers and crews on all flights in and out of Asia.
- All customers on long-haul international flights are provided with amenity kits, which contain hand sanitizer or cleansing towelettes.