First Time in India: Launching UV Robotic Technology to Disinfect Aircraft Interiors

In a first for India, Air India Express in partnership with ground handling agency AISATS, has introduced robotic technology to clean and disinfect aircraft interiors. A UV Robotic device fitted with UV Disinfection Lamping system was engaged by the Airline at Delhi airport to disinfect its Boeing 737-800 aircraft on 7th January 2021.

With this, Air India Express became India’s first airline to introduce robotic technology to disinfect and clean aircraft interiors.

UV-C disinfection system is identified worldwide as one of the most effective forms of disinfection. This technology is tested and approved by NABL (National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration) laboratory for its efficiency to disinfect the surfaces from germs, bacteria and viruses.

Air India Express has tied up with ground handling agency AISATS to launch this technology in India as it is important that surfaces commonly touched by both passengers and crew are disinfected and kept clean.

The robotic device, fitted with collapsible arms, is specifically designed to disinfect aircraft seats, under-seat areas, inside overhead baggage compartment, aisle ceiling, window panels, cockpit instrumentation area, overhead switch panel and interiors from viruses and bacteria.

Having 254 nanometer wavelength, the light rays break apart germ DNA, leaving it unable to function or reproduce. UV-C technology is chemical free, eco-friendly & reduces fire hazard risks.

The UV-C light reaches the areas which are difficult to access while performing “In-Cabin” disinfection manually. Air India Express plans to extend this technology for its aircraft operating from other airports in its network in the country.

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