Avelo Airlines today announced an innovative partnership with Aero HygenX to deploy leading-edge autonomous ultraviolet light (UVC) robots to disinfect its aircraft fleet to combat COVID-19.
Aero HygenX is the pioneer in autonomous UVC disinfection technology for the transportation industry.
The Aero HygenX RAY robot is a compact, light-weight and self-navigating device which uses motion-sensing technology to navigate interior spaces — disinfecting surfaces quickly and safely using UVC light.
RAY is a sustainable alternative to harmful chemicals and is emissions-free.
Avelo uses the RAY robots as part of its daily disinfection of its six Boeing Next-Generation (NG) 737 aircraft.
Additionally, RAY is used to disinfect Avelo’s Crewmember (employee) workspaces at the airline’s West Coast base at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR) and its East Coast base at Southern Connecticut’s Tweed-New Haven Airport (HVN).
The aircraft and airport disinfection routine occurs every evening following the completion of each day’s flight operations.
Avelo Chairman and CEO Andrew Levy said: “We are excited to be on the leading edge of helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses among the flying public.
“The safety and wellbeing of our Customers and Crewmembers is our top priority.
“Our partnership with Aero HygenX bolsters this commitment with the use of their innovative disinfection technology on our aircraft and at our bases.
“RAY is a safer, faster, more cost-effective and more sustainable solution than the conventional chemical-based manual disinfection process used by most other airlines.”
Aero HygenX CEO Arash Mahin added: “We couldn’t be more excited to announce that America’s first new airline in nearly 15 years is utilizing RAY.
“Avelo’s partnership with Aero HygenX will enhance its aircraft and airport disinfection regiment, and exemplifies the airline’s commitment to safety, reliability and innovation.
“We look forward to growing with Avelo as they add aircraft, bases, Customers and Crewmembers in the future.”