Robert Duffield, Head of Aftermarket Customer and Product Support, and Arash Mahin, Aero HygenX CEO cooperation agreement at a MHI Aviation Group Technical Steering committee meeting in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec.

MHI RJ Aviation Group to market RAY UV-C Robot product line to CRJ Series operators

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Robert Duffield, Head of Aftermarket Customer and Product Support, and Arash Mahin, Aero HygenX CEO cooperation agreement at a MHI Aviation Group Technical Steering committee meeting in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec.

MHI RJ Aviation Group (MHIRJ) has signed an agreement to market Aero HygenX’s ‘RAY’ line of autonomous UV-C light cabin disinfecting products.

Under the agreement, MHIRJ will support Aero HygenX in marketing the RAY line of chemical-free disinfection solutions, including to approximately 1,300 CRJ Series operators.

The RAY line, which uses UV-C light technology proven by Aero HygenX to eliminate pathogens from cabin surfaces and air, will be offered to CRJ operators as an alternative cabin disinfection method. MHIRJ will include information about the Aero HygenX’s technologies within its technical publications.

Aero HygenX CEO, Arash Mahin said: “We are thrilled to have been selected by MHIRJ as an innovative cabin disinfection option for their valued CRJ operators. MHIRJ has a long-standing reputation for superior aftermarket care and service, and we are committed to enhance the daily operations of CRJ operators through the abilities of RAY. It’s especially rewarding to know that RAY products, which are manufactured in Ottawa, are now much more likely to be disinfecting a global fleet of Canadian-made aircraft.”

Based on tests conducted by Aero HygenX, RAY has the ability to disinfect a CRJ aircraft in as little as five minutes and can also be used to disinfect lavatory and cockpit areas. RAY has been optimised for various aircraft types and comes equipped with HygenX Stream, a customisable software that records and transmits usage data wirelessly to the cloud, providing valuable system health monitoring and status updates to the operator.

Image of RAY in Cabin of Dash 8-100 Aircraft (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

Lufthansa Technik signs global distribution agreement for the RAY product line

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Image of RAY in Cabin of Dash 8-100 Aircraft (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

Lufthansa Technik is to become a non-exclusive distribution partner for Aero HygenX’s RAY product line.

Under the terms of the distribution agreement, Lufthansa Technik will act as a sales liaison to airlines, ground handling companies, MRO facilities or service shops looking to acquire the RAY line of autonomous UV-C disinfecting robots for aircraft.

Commenting on the partnership, Max Schramm, Sales Director Canada at Lufthansa Technik said: “At Lufthansa Technik we know that sustainable recovery and safety are paramount for the aviation industry. Our customers are demanding innovative solutions for cabin disinfection to protect their interiors, their passengers, their staff, and the environment. We are very excited to be able to offer safe, autonomous, UV-C disinfection technology to our extensive global network through this distribution agreement with Aero HygenX. The RAY product line meets our stringent quality standards, is environmentally friendly and offers superior defence against the spread of pathogens onboard.”

Aero HygenX CEO Arash Mahin added: “Lufthansa Technik is the global leader in aircraft of aircraft maintenance, repair, overhaul and modification services, so naturally this distribution agreement represents a major step forward for Aero HygenX. We are honoured to have our line of UV-C aircraft disinfection solutions made available to the aviation industry thorough an organisation with such a solid reputation for innovation and safety.”

RAY’s light weight, compact size and motion-sensing technology allow it to be transported easily and to navigate cramped spaces (such as aircraft cabins) without an operator present to guide it. RAY has the ability to disinfect a narrow body aircraft (such as a B737 or A320) in as little as seven minutes and can also be used to treat lavatories, flight deck, and crew rest areas so airlines can fully sanitise aircraft after every flight. Unlike competing disinfection robots, the RAY unit does not require a crew member to move it through the cabin. Furthermore, RAY can be optimised for various aircraft types and comes equipped with HygenX Stream, a customisable software that records and transmits usage data wirelessly to the cloud, providing valuable system health monitoring and status updates to the operator.

Collins Aerospace unveils Lilac-UV

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Collins Aerospace has unveiled an ultraviolet (UV) lighting solution to sanitise aircraft interiors almost anywhere a light is installed inside an aircraft.

Lilac-UV uses technology developed by Boeing as part of a licensing agreement granting Collins the ability to build on Boeing’s UV technology for in-flight operation.

The new Collins-developed sanitising lighting system operates with an intelligent dosage controller – for scheduled cleanings and manual treatments – and an occupancy detector for enclosed spaces, like an airplane lavatory.

Lilac-UV emits a slight violet light that, claims Collins, disinfects surfaces in seconds to minutes, depending on lamp configuration and specific pathogen. Lilac-UV can be applied in lavatories, galleys, flight decks, cargo bays and throughout the cabin, and can be set for scheduled cleanings or manual applications during or between flights.

“At the heart of this project is the desire to continue to build the public’s trust and confidence in air travel as passengers return to the skies,” said Cynthia Muklevicz, Vice President of Business Development for Collins Aerospace. “Collins and Boeing share the common goal to redefine air travel, a commitment to collaboration and the technical research and development expertise to bring this game-changing, hygienic technology to market for the benefit of air-travellers around the world.”

“Our design allows for installation anywhere in the cabin with minimal or no hardware design changes, enabling users to switch to a higher power lamp or change the number of lamps based on application,” said Bridget Sheriff, vice president of engineering at Collins Aerospace. “The intelligent controller automatically adjusts to manage power consumption and offers scientifically proven disinfection of spaces during and between flights.”

Lilac-UV sanitising system will be available for new cabins or retrofittable to existing interior spaces.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon is partnering with US-based Vyv, to bring antimicrobial LED technology that inactivates and kills viruses on surfaces to the UK.

Partnership targets UK aviation industry with antimicrobial LED technology

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SaveMoneyCutCarbon is partnering with US-based Vyv, to bring antimicrobial LED technology that inactivates and kills viruses on surfaces to the UK.

SaveMoneyCutCarbon is partnering with US-based Vyv, to bring antimicrobial LED technology that inactivates and kills viruses on surfaces to the UK.

Tests conducted by independent laboratories have reportedly shown that Vyv’s 405nm UV free light LEDs are effective against viruses as well as bacteria, mould, fungi and yeast on surfaces.

Vyv’s visible light technology, which meets international standards for continuous and unrestricted use 24/7 around people, animals and plants, recently verified, through an independent third-party lab study, that Vyv’s antimicrobial LED products are effective against non-enveloped viruses, which are the most difficult class of virus to kill.

Vyv’s patented technology utilises light in the 405nm wavelength (outside the UV spectrum) that is proven through numerous studies to be effective against viruses, bacteria, mould, fungi, and yeast.

A further independent pre-publication study into 405 nm visible light demonstrated compelling results destroying SARS-CoV-2 at light levels that could be expected in an overhead lighting situation. This second study demonstrates efficacy results using ranges of light in the 400-420nm range on inactivating enveloped viruses.

Whilst UV-C solutions provide antimicrobial germicidal disinfection using light, Vyv provides uninterrupted preventative protection against microorganisms through its patented biotechnology delivered through continuous high quality visible light. The Vyv solution is unique in its ability to provide continuous use while providing protection in occupied spaces.

Mark Sait, CEO of SaveMoneyCutCarbon said: “We are both proud and excited to be introducing this groundbreaking light technology to the UK, with its tested efficacy in killing* viruses. The overhead LED products can be used in the widest range of environments, where people gather, work and study.”

Colleen Costello, Vyv CEO and co-founder said: “The implications of this are vast because unlike harmful UV-C light, Vyv’s patented technology can be used continuously and without restriction 24/7 around people, animals and plants. The recent findings of enhanced efficacy against viruses greatly expands the antimicrobial impact delivered to spaces currently protected with Vyv technology, as well as in new spaces. With our overhead LED products, Vyv is already lighting offices, schools and school buses, athletic centres, factories, and hospitals. We’re also embedding the same technology in many challenging spaces, including behind elevator buttons, inside consumer products such as humidifiers and bathroom fans, and in airplanes, trains and public buses.”

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Ravn Alaska deploys RAY cabin disinfection robot

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Image of RAY in Cabin of Dash 8-100 Aircraft (CNW Group/De Havilland Aircraft of Canada)

Ravn Alaska, a regional airline headquartered in Anchorage that services 14 communities across the state, has introduced RAY, the autonomous robot to disinfect its Dash 8 aircraft cabins between flights.

Designed and manufactured by aero hygenx inc. in Canada, with support from De Havilland Aircraft of Canada, the robot emits ultraviolet-C (UVC) light to provide consistent, sustainable and chemical-free disinfection of cabin air and surfaces between flights.

Ravn Alaska, which operates 10 Dash 8-100 aircraft manufactured by De Havilland Canada, is one of the first airlines to utilise the robot on regional aircraft.

RAY delivers high-frequency UVC light that destroys up to 99.9% of pathogens – including the COVID-19 virus. The use of UVC light reduces the need for frequent chemical-based disinfection that could impact aircraft interior surfaces and sensitive equipment and leave residues that may come into contact with passengers and crew.

“We are enhancing our ability to keep our passengers safe by including the chemical-free disinfection method provided by RAY among the procedures we are utilising to sanitise our Dash 8 aircraft,” said Rob McKinney, Chief Executive Officer, Ravn Alaska. “We anticipate that RAY will be a valuable asset to our airline and for other airlines around the world, as together we seek to rebuild passenger confidence and help our industry recover.”

“The transportation industry has been brought to its knees as a result of the pandemic. Now, more than ever, rapid, consistent, safe, chemical-free disinfection of air and surfaces is vital for employee and passenger safety in the fight against current and future pandemics,” said Arash Mahin, Chief Executive Officer, aero hygenx. “We are grateful for the support De Havilland Canada provided to optimise RAY for use in the Dash 8 Series aircraft. We are confident operators will see significant savings compared to traditional chemical-based cleaning methods.”

“We look forward to seeing the deployment of many more UVC-light emitting, RAY robots among operators of Dash 8 aircraft,” said Robert Mobilio, Vice President, Engineering and Quality, De Havilland Canada. “De Havilland Canada has been working throughout the pandemic to help our operators with solutions that assist in returning airline fleets to service, so we were happy to support aero hygenx in customising RAY for use on regional aircraft and are very pleased that a long-time Dash 8 operator such as Ravn is part of this journey.”

Optimised for use on Dash 8 Series aircraft, RAY delivers the required UVC dosage and 360° coverage throughout the cabin, lavatories and crew area. The disinfection procedure between flights on Dash 8 Series aircraft can be completed in under five minutes. Unlike traditional, chemical-based cleaning methods, no additional time is required for chemicals to dissipate before crew and passengers can board the aircraft. RAY is monitored continuously through HygenX Stream, and operators can access valuable key metrics and reports related to fleet disinfection, unit health monitoring and predictive maintenance. HygenX Stream also facilitates the customisation of the level of disinfection based on flight duration and regional risk factors. It also provides the ability to integrate into operators’ mobile Apps in order to boost passenger confidence.

The Honeywell UV Cabin System is roughly the size of an aircraft beverage cart and has UVC light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces.

Qatar Airways operates latest version of Honeywell’s UV Cabin System

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The Honeywell UV Cabin System is roughly the size of an aircraft beverage cart and has UVC light arms that extend over the top of seats and sweep the cabin to treat aircraft surfaces.

Qatar Airways becomes the first global carrier to operate Honeywell’s Ultraviolet (UV) Cabin System version 2.0, further advancing its hygiene measures on board.

The latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System that is owned and operated by Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), has been introduced to add flexibility, improve reliability, mobility and ease of use compared to its predecessor, with extended UV wings that treat both narrow and wide areas on board, reducing the overall disinfection time. This version also includes a hand wand that disinfects areas like the cockpit and other smaller spaces and is non-motorised leading to less battery consumption. In clinical tests, UV light has been shown to be capable of inactivating various viruses and bacteria when properly applied.

After receiving 17 units of the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2, the devices have all undergone comprehensive testing on board Qatar Airways’ aircraft. The airline aims to operate them on board all aircraft turnarounds at Hamad International Airport (HIA).

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive,. Akbar Al Baker, said: “As the first global airline to operate the latest version of the Honeywell UV Cabin System V2 on board our aircraft, it is significantly more user friendly and technologically advanced. QAS has continued to maintain our impeccable service during the outbreak of COVID-19, specifically supporting with repatriation flights and increased cargo workloads.

“As the first global airline in the world to achieve the prestigious Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating, the first airline in the Middle East to begin trials of the innovative new IATA Travel Pass ‘Digital Passport’ mobile app, and most recently, the first airline in the world to operate a flight with fully vaccinated crew and passengers – it is in our core to continuously be at the forefront of innovation, and to keep implementing the latest safety and hygiene measures on board and on the ground.”

Honeywell UV cabin cleaning system

GA Telesis offering latest Honeywell UV Treatment System

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Honeywell UV cabin cleaning system

GA Telesis has expanded its Tarmac Solutions Group inventory with the latest version of Honeywell’s UV Treatment System.

The new version is lighter and easier to navigate within aircraft cabins. Other enhancements include a handheld wand and increased mobility, allowing access in the confined areas of the cockpit and lavatories. These latest features can now also be applied to other transportation modes outside of aviation including bus, rail, cruise liners, and automobiles. In some cases, when compared with other products on the market, the UV Treatment System can deliver results that are up to 80% more cost-effective per application with no chemical induction.

“GA Telesis is proud to continue our long partnership with Honeywell in bringing this latest state-of-the-art technology to market as airlines rebuild their networks,” said Jason Reed, President of the Flight Solutions Group. “With the success of our initial agreement for the Honeywell UV Cabin System, we have no doubt this new product will be a hit with the industry and bring passengers back to airlines sooner than expected,” added Reed.

BA is partnering with Dettol as it upgrads its onboard cleaning protocols

British Airways partners with Dettol

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BA is partnering with Dettol as it upgrads its onboard cleaning protocols

British Airways is partnering with Reckitt Benckiser, makers of the disinfection brand Dettol, as part of its updated cleaning protocols.

From March 2021, British Airways’ customers will have access to a range of Dettol products, that are proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria and Coronavirus (SARS-COV-2), in the air and on the ground. The airline’s updated cleaning protocols using Dettol products, have been supported by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In the air, British Airways will be introducing a Dettol antibacterial hygiene wipe. Each customer will be handed a packet containing the wipe as they board the aircraft.

Carolina Martinoli, British Airways’ Director of Brand and Customer said: “As we look forward to welcoming our customers back on board, we are proud to announce our partnership with Dettol, a trusted and well-known disinfection brand. At the start of the pandemic, we introduced a number of protective measures at each step of the customer journey, and we think our partnership with Dettol is a great addition.”

Rahul Kadyan Executive Vice President of Global Business Solutions for Reckitt Benckiser (RB) said: “Our collaboration with British Airways is exciting, since we both share the same objective to help protect travellers. This is an ideal partnership for RB, and Dettol, to help drive high standards in hygiene and reassure consumers they can enjoy the British Airways experience. Our brand is built on trust, scientific efficacy and our desire to educate consumers around the world to help break the chain of infection.”

Professor James Logan, a member of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, which is supporting the partnership, said: “Health based cleaning protocols and additional personal safety measures are one of the critical tools as we all work to re-open business and travel around the globe. We are proud to bring our expertise and knowledge to the COVID-19 response on a national and global scale. At the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine we are pleased to work with British Airways and RB employees to advise them on the programme.”

Qatar Airways A350 mid-flight

ABM enjoys continuing cleaning success

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Qatar Airways A350 mid-flight

Weeks after announcing a cabin cleaning contract with Etihad Airways at Heathrow Airport, ABM has signed up Qatar Airways.

Antony Marke, Group Managing Director for ABM’s UK aviation business, said: “Qatar Airways is one of the few global airlines to have continued flying throughout the pandemic and we are focussed on helping them build on this success.

“Ensuring passengers feel safe enough to fly again plays a major role in this and delivering clean airports and aircrafts is therefore essential.”

Qatar Airways has recently extended its fleet of Airbus A350-1000 aircraft with the addition of three new aircraft.

ABM performs cabin services for many leading airlines across Heathrow-based fleets

ABM continues cabin cleaning success

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ABM performs cabin services for many leading airlines across Heathrow-based fleets

Etihad Airways has become the latest airline to award ABM a cabin cleaning services across its fleet of aircraft at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Antony Marke, Group Managing Director for ABM’s UK aviation business, said: “As airlines look to recover and rebuild, our focus is on helping them do that.

“To encourage people to fly once again, passengers need reassurance that the aircraft is safe, clean and hygienic. With our unparalleled cabin cleaning services, we help create a positive passenger experience and provide best-in-class cleaning for any type of aircraft.”

In an industry first, ABM will support Etihad’s specially trained Wellness Ambassadors, who offer reassurance to customers by sharing advice on travel wellbeing and details of the health and sanitisation measures that have been implemented throughout their journey through an easy-to-use online guide. The ambassadors can also be contacted 24/7 via email for those needing more specific information and advice.