It’s the latest initiative under ANA Care Promise, the airline’s enhanced health and safety program.
A month after becoming the first Asian carrier — and one of four airlines globally — to be awarded Skytrax’s five-star Covid-19 safety rating, All Nippon Airways is introducing a new product to reduce the risk of viral transmission via a particular high-touch surface in the aircraft cabin. ANA has partnered with aircraft interior manufacturer Jamco Corporation to develop the world’s first hands-free toilet doors on a plane. The innovative door was developed and tested last year as part of the ANA Care Promise initiative, and are being rolled out on domestic flights from May 1.
Shinichi Inoue, the airline’s Senior Executive Vice President of Customer Experience Management and Planning, said in a statement, “Guided by the principles of ANA Care Promise, we have continued to invest in the development and implementation of innovative technologies because the health and safety of passengers and our staff is the top priority. The hands-free lavatory door is the latest example of us putting this principle into practice as we look for ways to make the travel experience safer and more convenient.”
The remodeled lavatory door features a large inner door locking knob and an additional handle that allows passengers to use their elbows to unlock the door. Signage will be placed both inside and near the toilets with clear instructions on how to operate the new features. This hands-free lavatory door is due to be installed on 11 Boeing 787-8 aircraft, two Boeing 787-9s, and eight Boeing 777-200s. While the initial rollout is focused on planes serving domestic routes, ANA hopes to introduce the system to all domestic and international aircraft in the future.
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