07 Sep How Clean is the Air on a Private Jet
When we’re sitting on an airplane, how clean is the air we’re breathing in?
This is an increasingly important subject for carriers to consider. Passengers are increasingly aware of the dangers that exist from airborne pathogens such as COVID-19, the seasonal flu, and other emerging threats.
In the wake of the recent coronavirus epidemic and the emergence of the virus’s subvariants, travelers are wary about the proposition of breathing in potentially contaminated air on private jets.
The good news is that the air on private jets is notably cleaner than that on large commercial airlines. In this guide, we explore how private jets keep passengers and the air they breathe safe from any contaminates (biological or otherwise).
Common Questions and Concerns from Private Jet Passengers
Is it okay to breathe on this plane? It’s not a question we’d ever have expected to ask, but considering everything going on in the world, it’s one that we see as an increasingly common (and justifiable) concern.
When we’re sitting on an airplane, how pure is the air? To what extent am I at risk for catching a cold if I sit next to someone who has a terrible case of the sniffles? Can germs be passed around on an airplane?
If those questions sound familiar, or resonate with your own concerns, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot. These days, carriers can’t afford to be caught off guard by such inquiries, so being prepared is crucial.
Why Private Jet’s Often Have the Cleanest Air
Private Jet carriers and services are well-known for going above and beyond the call of duty, transforming ‘standard’ services offered by large commercial flights into something far superior.
This includes air quality and the safety of its passengers, an area of service that has undergone significant technological enhancements and protocols aimed at protecting the health and wellness of passengers.
Robust Cleaning and Sanitization Protocols
Commercial flights on large carriers are notoriously dirty. Prior to COVID-19, one BBC report found that these planes are only cleaned ONCE every 500 hours of in-flight use. FIVE HUNDRED. Another study revealed that cabins are only ‘thoroughly’ cleaned once every 30-45 days.
If that sounds disgusting, that’s because it is. Although COVID and many pathogens are ‘airborne’, viruses such as COVID have been shown to remain alive and active on fabric for up to three days, and on hard plastics and metals for up to two weeks.
Although any airlines stepped up cleaning efforts amid the pandemic, their standards still remain sub-par, focused on speed and affordability of downtime vs thoroughness and effectiveness of their efforts.
By contrast, private jets are meticulously cleaned and sanitized top to bottom before each and every flight, ensuring each traveler experiences a cabin free from contaminates, pollutants, and pathogens. More than that, BitLux believes that passengers traveling by way of private jet deserve fresh and clean surfaces to sit, lounge, sleep on, and enjoy in-flight.
High Tech (eco-friendly) Disinfectants
Private Jets spare no expense in delivering an exceptional experience. This extends to the types of disinfectants and disinfection solutions utilized in the cabins. Tapping into technological advancements and eco-friendly options, private jets focus more on results than a ‘cheap’ solution used as an afterthought (an all too frequent issue with large commercial airlines).
HEPA Filters and Secure Air Systems
Private Jets often employ HEPA air filtration systems (the same ones used in medical settings such as hospitals). These filters, known as ‘high-efficiency particle filters’, allowing robust circulation and filtration of cabin air, resulting in superior protection.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), “HEPA filters are effective at capturing more than 99 percent of the airborne microbes in the filtered air. Filtered, recirculated air provides higher cabin humidity levels and lower particulate levels than 100% outside air systems.”
These systems represent the gold standard in removing harmful contaminates from the circulating air.
Large commercial airlines typically shuttle upwards of 150-300+ passengers per flight. The sheer number of passengers in-flight on these planes exposes travelers to unnecessary risk.
Private jets carry significantly less passengers, reducing the risk of exposure to dangerous pathogens and contaminated air in-flight.
Effective Safety Protocols and Standards
Despite best efforts, the risk of exposure in a closed space can never be reduced to zero. That’s why private jet carriers have established safe and effective protocols to improve air quality and reduce risk even further. For example, staff wear protective masks and gloves, along with frequent hand sanitization and cleaning of in-flight items.
Experience Safer Flights and Cleaner In-Flight Air with BitLux
Customer safety is our top priority. We were among the first to immediately implement advanced safety protocols for our flights in order to reduce the risk of transmitting COVID and other airborne pathogens.
Have concerns or questions about our safety protocols and what we do to keep you and your family safe? Reach out and let us know how we can help.