3M and Safran Cabin have formed a partnership to develop aircraft cabin interiors that can make it easier to remove of bacteria and viruses.

The material designs could be permanently embedded into aircraft interior surfaces during the manufacturing process, or applied to upgrade existing interiors, the companies say.

‘The pandemic has had a large impact on global air travel and the industry seeks solutions to restore passenger confidence and promote a recovery,’ a press release said.

‘Today, passengers choose their airline - considering not only safety, interactivity and connectivity, but interior hygiene assurance,’ said Stephen Shafer, VP of 3M's automotive and aerospace solutions division.

This story uses material from Safran, with editorial changes made by Materials Today. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily represent those of Elsevier.