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Cutting-edge, airline-approved decontamination and disinfecting program expanded to hotel industry

Flight certified’s disinfectant program 75-90 percent more effective than industry practices.

DALLAS – Flight Certified, LLC, introduced an innovative decontamination and disinfecting program pioneered by airlines to the hotel industry. Founded by leaders from the aviation, medical, hospitality and service industries, Flight Certified is the U.S. distributor for non-aviation use of Calla 1452, a disinfecting agent initially used to decontaminate commercial aircraft that has been shown to be 75-90 percent more effective than current hotel industry decontamination and disinfection standards. The company offers trained experts to thoroughly disinfect hotel spaces.

“Guests want the comfort of knowing their hotel stay is protected against COVID-19 and are keenly aware of the  process and chemical’s effectiveness on airplanes,” said Gene Spaziani, Flight Certified president. “We believe Calla 1452 can play an important role in helping accelerate the return to ‘normal’ occupancy, while dramatically improving disinfection and safety. Initial tests show that Calla 1452 is less costly than the recently introduced brand standard products and is much faster to apply, helping to contain labor costs. Furthermore, utilizing our trained team of experts frees up hotel staff to handle their core jobs while allowing owners the comfort of knowing that the disinfection process has been carried out thoroughly and properly.”

Benefits of Flight Certified’s Comprehensive Program
Flight Certified’s proven program brings technology, proprietary disinfecting agent and highly regulated protocols developed by the aviation industry to the hospitality space.

Proven safe and effective anti-viral agent: Flight Certified is a distributor of Calla 1452, an EPA- and FAA-approved agent that over two decades of use has been shown to be safe for people and non-damaging to a range of materials.

Cost-effective, state-of-the-art application technology: Flight Certified uses electrostatic sprayers that deliver 40 times the coverage of conventional sprayers, providing superior decontamination while using one quarter the amount of disinfectant.

Quality assurance: Flight Certified’s highly trained technicians follow stringent protocols and procedures, maximizing consistency across all operators on each application.  The company’s process incorporates advanced technology to deliver empirical evidence that spaces are disinfected following treatment, protecting customers by documenting compliance if needed by a third-party.

Tracking Decontamination Effectiveness
Flight Certified utilizes highly trained and qualified technicians to apply the chemical agent throughout public and private areas of hospitality properties.  Equipment is used to track disinfecting efforts and verify existing disinfecting procedures, as well as identifying areas with high contamination that are less common yet require more attention. 

Calla 1452 has generated considerable positive news coverage for its effectiveness in the leading domestic airlines, including Delta, American and United, and has successfully demonstrated that it is virucidal  activity against all human coronaviruses, from COVID-19 to the Avian Influenza Virus.  Originally created to combat the 2002 SARS epidemic, the disinfecting agent not only kills viruses on contact, but it also works as a fungicide, mildewstat, deodorizer, detergent and cleanser.

Industry Leading Test Results
“Calla 1452 was tested in multiple hotels across the country, from Virginia to Texas to Wisconsin, and the results were astounding,” said Dr. Roger Shedlin, Flight Certified co-founder. “Calla 1452 was proven to be completely safe for all hotel FF&E surfaces and materials, compared to other disinfectant/decontamination products which contain bleach, peroxide and other corrosive chemicals which can damage fabric, wood, carpet, leather, marble and other surfaces.”

To evaluate the incremental decontamination of Flight Certified’s process as compared to brand standards, Calla 1452 was applied following a hotel’s use of brand standards in baseline tests.  Measuring a proxy for surface contamination, FC technicians applied Calla 1452 to an already “disinfected/decontaminated” room.  The agent proved to be a more effective and superior disinfecting agent by an average of 75-90 percent, dramatically reducing surface contaminants at four test hotels. The hotels complied with major brand disinfecting product standards, including Hilton, Marriott and IHG.

“The proof is in the numbers – following a second disinfecting of the same test room at our Crowne Plaza Arlington by the Flight Certified team, there was an 88.7 percent reduction of contaminants on all surfaces,” said Sam Suleman, principal & executive vice president, Equinox Hospitality“From our understanding, the Flight Certified team can confirm that a room is free of viruses once they have completed their protocols, and they’re able to do so in a faster manner than we could previously.  Being able to convey this level of decontamination to guests will provide us with an even safer hotel product and give us a competitive advantage in attracting COVID-19-wary guests.”

The Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites, both in Overland Park, Kan., experienced equally positive results following the same testing protocols, with 83.88 percent and 78.90 percent reductions in surface contaminants, respectively.

“Flight Certified has produced a decontamination service that is invaluable to both guests and hotel owners/operators dealing with pandemic travel and lodging concerns,” said Bradley Wiens, president and chief development officer, True North Hotel Group“From the low cost and speed-of-delivery to the ability to assure guests that they are in a coronavirus-free atmosphere, Flight Certified will help our hotels optimize occupancy as we collectively await a vaccine or therapeutic that allows us all to return to a semblance of normalcy.”

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