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Airlines are figuring out ways to apply a disinfectant coating developed by Recaro onto their seats.
Airlines are desperate for the governments to lift the travel restrictions and for the passengers to return and are also looking at many ways to reassure the public that their health won’t be compromised on their flight journey.
Headrest canopies, fabric barriers, new look seats, and fresh cabins are among the changes that are being brought to fore by the airlines.
Of the many planes that are flying amid COVID-19, many are half empty. Airplanes typically must have 70 to 80 percent attendance to make a profit.
One of the biggest in the airline business, Recaro Aircraft Seating GmbH, has designed a range of modifications to keep the passengers apart and protect them from the infection.
Many airlines are considering installing Recaro’s equipment as temporary cabin makeovers, as they need fittings that are easy to maneuver, lightweight, and available at short notice.
With the coronavirus vaccine possibly faraway, airlines now have the need to convince the public that it is safe to fly, though an infected person can be right next to them.
Global airplane traffic in July was down by almost 80 percent when compared to the previous year according to the International Air Transport Association.
Airlines are also figuring out the ways how to apply a disinfectant coating developed by Recaro on their seats. The German company has revamped the substance to repel viruses including COVID-19.
While the industry has for months said there is a little chance of catching the virus on a plane because there are hospital-grade air filters onboard, that argument has been undermined by breakouts on some flights.
Recaro, which sold about 150,000 aircraft seats last year, isn’t immune to the crisis gripping the aviation industry despite the potential demand for its designs. The revenue of Recaro is expected to drop by 60 percent this year.
India’s DGCA has initiated a refund towards the air tickets that were booked during the lockdown period when the flight services were shut.
But, if these changes are brought by the airlines in every country which promises the passengers some credibility, the flight services will resume to gaining full revenues just like the pre-lockdown period.
By Gayatri Yellayi