How Are Airline Masks Made?

How Are Airline Masks Made?

Eways Aviation masks factoryEways Aviation had the privilege of going behind the scenes and showcasing the manufacturing process for our personal protection equipment that we supply to airlines.

Aviation respirators for COVID-19

One of the cornerstones of the Eways Aviation product catalog is the professional and airline spec KN95 Professional Protective Mask. The Mask can block up to 95% of all harmful particles, as well as bacterial, dust, and droplets.

This product has been specifically designed with airlines in mind, and meets the exceptional quality standard that our customers have come to expect from Eways Aviation. The masks are available in packs of ten units; which is perfect for the cabin crew of a small passenger jet, as well as larger crews where more packs can be purchased.

For specifics, our KN95 / FFP2 masks are certified EN 149:2001 + A1: 2009 related to CE Directive (s). R2016/425 (Personal Protective Equipment).

Mask FFP2 KN95

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Eways Aviation can supply large quantities of COVID-19 respirators.

The masks can also be given out to passengers when they board or be an auxiliary extra available for purchase in regions that do not have high rates of COVID-19.

Where are the masks made?

The masks are made in a partner facility in Shenzhen, China. As you can see from the photos taken during our visit, the entire fabrication site is classified as a ‘clean area’ – staff wear protective gear and work in a sterilized environment during production. This ensures that the final product is clean, safe, and ready to use at a moment’s notice.

How can you order?

Contact covid19@eways-aviation.com and get a quote. Please note that Minimum Order Quantity is 10.000 masks and that lead time is between 3 to 7 days.

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What else does Eways Aviation supply?

Eways Aviation has a full suite of COVID-19 equipment available for airlines, ready to deploy at a moment’s notice throughout our worldwide networks of partners. Key items include:

  • FDA approved surgical masks and N95 respirator masks.
  • Infra-red Digital Thermometers.
  • Antibacterial Disposal Gel (75% Alcohol).
  • Full bodysuit protective coveralls (including gloves and safety glasses).

You can consult the full catalog of our Covid19 products here: https://www.eways-aviation.com/en/covid-19/

Employees in Shenzhen China making Eways Aviation Masks

Employees in Shenzhen China making Eways Aviation Masks

 

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How Cargo Is Winning The Fight Against COVID-19

How Cargo Is Winning The Fight Against COVID-19

Cargo

A Cargolux Boeing 747 takes off with essential freight.

Cargo has become the lifeblood for the aviation industry, with airlines scrambling to find ways to dive into the new lucrative revenue stream. But why is cargo suddenly so popular, how can an airline adjust to take advantage of freight and what role does cargo play to end the COVID-19 crisis? Eways presents an overview of the situation.

Why is cargo so popular?

Freight transport for airlines has always been a more lucrative revenue stream than passengers. It might not be so glamorous or make headlines in publications, but it is a reliable revenue earner that is simpler to operate than passengers. 

Cargo has several advantages:

  • Cargo does not require any entertainment, seating, heating or food onboard an aircraft. Airlines can save money on these extras. 
  • Cargo demands to be at its destination as soon as possible and doesn’t mind paying a premium to take the first flight. 
  • Cargo requires less room and weight than passengers. 
  • Cargo lastly isn’t tempted away to use other forms of transport or demand lower prices. There is no such thing as a low-cost-cargo-carrier. 

In regular times, 50% of all air-freight is transported onboard conventional passenger aircraft among passenger’s suitcases. This has been an excellent source of revenue for mainline airlines, who could seemingly dip their fingers into both pies by operating a passenger aircraft. 

Alas, as we know, this is not to always be the case. 

How was the COVID-19 situation changed cargo transport?

With the decline of an average of 98% of passenger flights worldwide, with localities like Singapore down 99.5% of passenger traffic, there is now no longer enough passenger flights. 

With almost 50% of air freight capacity gone overnight, this has left freight forwarders scrambling and willing to pay a 90% price increase to get their goods shipped. There has been a decline of international commerce of around 15% in March, but air freight capacity outmatched it by falling 23% in the same period. It has continued to fall since.

Airlines who specialize in passenger transportation have realized that, despite not having any customers, they could still make a fortune. And those airlines who are only cargo operators like Atlas, have acquired share gains and turned around its bottom line. This time last year, Atlas reported a US$30 million loss for the first quarter. This year the carrier reported a US$23.4 million profit for the quarter, a swing of $50 million. 

How have airlines moved into the cargo industry? 

Airlines have taken some pretty radical steps to facilitate transporting as much cargo as possible. 

  • American Airlines operated its first cargo flight for the first time in 36 years, using an empty passenger Boeing 777.
  • Airbus has started to use its prototype aircraft, like the Airbus A330-800neo to ship cargo from China. 
  • Airbus is also offering conversion kits for carriers to convert their A330s and A350s into cargo aircraft. This ‘kit’ guides airlines in removing seats and replacing them with cargo pallets. 
  • Airlines are stripping the interiors of passenger aircraft, and some are being delivered without interiors – ready to fly cargo flights. 

There are even talks of the first cargo A380 being converted in Germany for Atlas. This will be a fantastic step and may bring new life back to the aircraft type destined for the boneyard. 

How is cargo shaping the battle against the coronavirus?

Moving cargo has surprisingly become one of the cornerstones of humanities fight against the coronavirus. While you may think this author is hyperbolic, the main freight of all these sectors is essential medical equipment for doctors, nurses, and other front line workers throughout the world. 

Without this protective gear (manufactured all over the world) and the aircraft to get it to the hot spots, the virus would have spread much further and resulted in many more avoidable deaths.

Cargo has become a new currency for airlines, and those who embrace the mission to save humanity, or can find ingenious ways to sign up with what they have, are being rewarded with gold. 

But don’t march foolhardily into battle without securing your equipment and protecting your front line workers.

Eways Aviation can provide airline heroes with their kids of PPE, facemasks, and other equipment to ensure they come home safe. Eways Aviation has its own production line of inhouse equipment that meets the technological requirements of pathogen protection for carriers and can supply them worldwide within 7-10 days for all types of airlines, big or small. 

You can see the full catalog here.

Why Airlines Need Face Masks and Other COVID-19 Equipment

Why Airlines Need Face Masks and Other COVID-19 Equipment

Just as the early 2000s introduced the aviation world to Xrays machines and safety concerns, the coronavirus in 2020 has put airlines on notice to review health security and accept the new reality of airborne viruses. 

No more can airlines be worried about passenger comfort; they now must be vigilant in protecting the health and wellbeing of their wards. Thanks to the coronavirus, we now have a hidden terror lurking beyond our sight that can find its way onboard our aircraft and infect young and old. This is a new reality and will be here to stay for the foreseeable future. 

But that doomsday scenario doesn’t have to happen if airlines take several steps and additionally obtain essential health security equipment. Eways Aviation is here to provide guides, equipment, and confidence that airline operators will be able to protect and serve their passengers in 2020. 

Social distancing

Airlines have to ensure that passengers and crew members have enough room onboard, around six feet (or 1.5 meters), to maintain social distance. In Australia, it has been proven that social distancing helped reduce the spread of the virus significantly, with both flag carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia operating the protocol. 

It is not without cost. Many airframes will have to depart with room to spare, as middle seats are left empty to give passengers enough space. Carriers should additionally block out every second row as well to be cautious, especially if there is a breakout in the region. 

But others argue that this step may not be necessary. The jury is still out if social distancing is required onboard aircraft, with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) claiming that thanks to the way air is regulated and cycled on aircraft (through HVAC filters), social distancing measures have an ineligible impact. More important is deep cleaning aircraft surfaces and, critically, using face masks.

Deep cleaning aircraft

The first step is to ensure that aircraft are deep cleaned with proper and qualified cleaners. The COVID-19 virus can last for days on surfaces, such as armrests, bathroom handles, and baggage bins. These need to be properly disinfected after each flight and preferably wiped down by qualified staff members.

Special attention should be given to the bathrooms, the bathroom handles, and the seatback headrests. As passengers make their way from the bathrooms, they may steady themselves by touching seats. Focusing on high traffic areas during a deep clean will remove a significant risk factor. You can use antibacterial gel (75% alcohol) to clean these surfaces, like the set available below from Eways Aviation.

Powerful face masks

Face masks have become the unsung hero in the coronavirus crisis. As the virus spreads through breathing and saliva droplets, face masks block these from leaving an infected passenger and may safeguard another from being infected. 

Crew members should be equipped with face masks and other personal protection (such as gloves) at all times, keeping them healthy, happy and continuing operations as usual. The carrier must provide its crew with a safe working environment. 

Airlines should not only have face masks onboard for crew members but available for passengers as well. Recently Delta and American Airlines in the United States made it mandatory for all passengers to be wearing facemasks onboard their aircraft, and we expect the trend to continue world-wide.

In fact, IATA recently came out in support of face coverings for passengers and masks for the crew while on board aircraft. They claim it is a critical part of a layered approach to biosecurity in the mission to eliminate the coronavirus.

“Evidence suggests that the risk of transmission onboard aircraft is low. And we will take measures—such as the wearing of face coverings by passengers and masks by crew—to add extra layers of protection. We must arrive at a solution that gives passengers the confidence to fly and keeps the cost of flying affordable. One without the other will have no lasting benefit,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.

Where can airlines get face masks?

Any airline should have these masks available for passengers to acquire, either included in their ticket or if you are in a region that is not currently heavily affected by the virus, available as an additional extra. 

With demand so high for these items (up to two months lead time for face masks from overwhelmed suppliers), Eways Aviation is happy to facilitate airlines with access to its private supply of face masks and other personal protection equipment. 

We have put together a comprehensive catalog of different materials for airlines of all shapes and sizes:

  • FDA approved surgical masks and N95 respirator masks.
  • Infra-red Digital Thermometers.
  • Antibacterial Disposal Gel (75% Alcohol).
  • Full bodysuit protective coveralls (including gloves and safety glasses).

Eways Aviation has a full armory ready to deploy for an airline’s biosecurity needs. For more information, follow this link. https://lnkd.in/gzAJFcJ

What to look for in an AOG provider in Africa

What to look for in an AOG provider in Africa

AOG africa

It can be a challenge to find the right AOG partner in Africa.

Same-day AOG delivery is a myth for most aviation firms in Africa, with remote settlements linked only by low-frequency services and insufficient capacity from urban hubs.

The stopwatch starts ticking as soon as the wheels of an aircraft hit the ground until it takes back to the skies. Every minute counts that your bird sits on the tarmac, and any delay can mean a hit of reputation, loss of revenue, and passengers choosing the competition. When your aircraft is on the ground, then you need a reliable AOG team to back you up.

Intimately knowing the aviation landscape for clients is no easy challenge for veterans and newcomers alike. Eways Aviation takes pride in forging the right local connections from the ground up and presenting the best solutions for customers in and out of the African continent.

What do you need to look for in a dedicated AOG team?

Not all AOG services are made equal. The first sign of a good team is one that responds to critical demands within seconds of you making the call. Don’t be put on hold, and don’t be trapped in follow up emails. Pick up the phone and be heard instantly.

Additionally, the most reliable AOG service should have an existing network of transport solutions to ensure that parts, equipment, and critical components dispatch as soon as possible, no matter how far or remote the airfield.

Lastly, a perfect AOG team has cultivated a solid reputation working with prestigious clients, and championed by world-renowned international airlines. They should be certified and respected, but humble enough to work with the hard-working operators connecting the African frontier.

And when you need to journey beyond simple AOG solutions, you need a team that can grow with you.

What type of commercial aviation services can Eways Aviation offer?

There is a full suite of commercial aviation services that come with working with Eways Aviation.

To begin, Eways Aviation specializes in everything from operational services like aircraft spare parts (PMA & OEM), Commercial aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) to wet-lease ACMI services

From there, Eways Aviation is ready to take the next step on your aviation journey, offering aircraft interior design, the very latest in onboard wifi solutions, digital services, Gse Equipments, and a full range of airport equipment and services.

Eways Aviation is a proud partner with TAP maintenance and engineering, as well as world-wide tip-to-tail aviation solutions provider Wencor.

Eways Aviation offers 24/7 AOG services throughout Africa. Pick up the phone; we are only a minute response away. Dial the AOG support line at +1 305 376 7383  or email us at aog@eways-aviation.com

Cutting Edge Aviation Tech To Keep You Safe In A Post-Pandemic World

Cutting Edge Aviation Tech To Keep You Safe In A Post-Pandemic World

The world has changed. Only a few months ago passengers traveled with a carefree attitude, distracted with happy thoughts of sunshine and distant beaches. But now with the coronavirus lurking in the shadows, passengers have a very different thought on their minds.

Health security has become the principal priority of passengers today, overruling previous concerns such as excess baggage, flight delays and turbulence. Not only do airlines need to juggle previous customer touchpoints such as service and safety, but now they have to find a solution for health as well.

For airlines, facing this insurmountable reality of the global coronavirus crisis can feel like an enormous task and one without a clear answer. Thankfully, there are a few masterminded developments that may tackle this challenge head-on.

Eways Aviation has put together an up-to-date checklist of solutions that will help airline service and satisfy passengers without exposing them to harm.

Barrier screens for passengers

For instance, a cutting edge new seat design features a light-weight transparent screen between economy seats on an aircraft. The screens enable passengers to be socially isolated and simultaneously remain in a dense profitable configuration. Airlines won’t require to space out passengers and leave the middle seats empty in each row, nor will they need to reduce the passenger numbers onboard aircraft.

These screens are barriers to prevent the COVID virus from passing person to person via aerosol droplets (imagine coughing or sneezing). With the addition of the aircraft’s cabin environment refreshing during flight every three minutes and air cycled through hospital-grade filters, the virus’ cannot disseminate within the onboard environment.

Detecting coronavirus onboard aircraft

Airlines need to take on the mantle of responsibility by detecting possible unknown COVID-19 passengers through using non-invasive infrared sensors. These devices allow the flight crew to monitor the temperature of passengers, heart rate and respiratory rate without disturbance. With a blanket scan, the flight crew can have the confidence that they know the health and wellbeing of their passengers. If a passenger does have a chance to be ill or has the signs of an infection beginning, the flight crew can teleconference with specific personnel to make further investigations and take action.

Converting passenger aircraft into cargo carriers

Cargo has become incredibly lucrative for some airlines, and others a lifeline to survive this turbulent period. Airlines need a way to be able to adapt existing passenger-focused aircraft to take advantage of cargo operations.

One such way is to use cabin cargo device. This allows the aircraft to fill up empty seats with cargo packages without damaging the passenger interior nor extensively remove seating. This option allows an airline to transport passengers and cargo, and if needed, swap one out for the other. For some airlines who wish to run a cargo flight but lack the hold space, these certified devices efficiently double the carrying capacity (up to a maximum take-off weight of course!).

Social distance aircraft hand-overs

Social distancing has even found its way to the realm of aircraft hand-overs. Airbus has developed a new safe e-delivery protocol to deliver finished aircraft to its clients without having to put them at risk.

This new method has already been implemented by Pegasus Airlines, a Turkish low-cost-carrier for their new fleet of A320neo aircraft. It consisted of three stages, a technical acceptance completion, then an electronic transfer-of-title, and finally a ferry-flight with minimal personal and subsequent reception of the plane.

“This way Airbus eliminates the necessity of the customer’s team to be physically present at the Airbus Delivery Centre,” Airbus said in a press release, also mentioning that this new method may be used beyond the current crisis and into the future.

Bottom line

Technology improvements in the health security segment is rapidly providing new and elegant solutions to the coronavirus crisis. It is now up to the airlines to be first adopters of these innovations, and Eways Aviation is ready to take the journey with you.