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Robots Sanitize Avelo Aircraft for COVID-19, Other Pathogens


The robot also can be operated remotely by a flight crew member, far faster than manually-operated sanitizing equipment.

Start-up Avelo Airlines has started using autonomous sanitizing robots on its aircraft to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Credit: Bruce Snyder/Avelo Airlines

Houston, TX-based startup Avelo Airlines is using autonomous robots from Canadian manufacturer Aero HygenX to disinfect aircraft cabins for COVID-19 and other viruses.

The airline deployed a RAY robot at Connecticut's Tweed-New Haven airport, where it uses ultraviolet-C light that Avelo's Jim Olson said "destroys 99.9% of all pathogens, including—but not limited to—COVID-19."

Olson said a second RAY model is in operation at Avelo's West Coast base in Los Angeles, adding the devices also disinfect the aircraft's galleys, lavatories, flight decks, and terminal spaces at the end of each day.

Avelo chairman Andrew Levy said, “RAY is safer, faster, more cost-effective and [a] more sustainable solution than the conventional chemical-based manual disinfection process used by most airlines.”

From Hartford Courant
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