Honeywell Aerospace, a manufacturer of aviation products, and Dimer LLC today announced a partnership to bring an ultraviolet cleaning (UVC) system to airlines that promises to reduce certain viruses and bacteria on airplane cabin surfaces.

According to Honeywell, the UV Cabin System can treat an aircraft cabin in “less than 10 minutes for just a few dollars per flight for midsize to large airline fleets”.

“This offering is a big win for our airline customers, which are seeking affordable ways to clean their cabins effectively and quickly between flights,” said Mike Madsen, Honeywell Aerospace president and CEO.

Honeywell says the UV Cabin System is “roughly the size of an aircraft beverage cart” and has UVC light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces.

“Properly applied, UVC lights deliver doses that medical studies find reduce various viruses and bacteria, including Sars CoV and Mers CoV,” reads a statement from Honeywell.

However, results vary based on UV dosage and application, and no testing has been done specifically on protection against Covid-19, said Honeywell.

Dimer and Honeywell have entered into a worldwide, exclusive license as part of a strategic partnership for Honeywell to produce, advertise and sell portable UV technology devices for use within the aerospace industry. Honeywell says it is currently in discussions with multiple airlines and service providers for the UV Cabin System.

According to Honeywell, UVC has been used in hospitals, air and water filters, microbiology labs, and other applications. Most household lamps have between 500 and 700 nanometers (nm) of ultraviolet light. In comparison, UVC refers to ultraviolet light with wavelengths between 200 and 280 nm.

Honeywell says it is accepting orders for the UV Cabin System now with the first shipments coming in July.