Charter Providers Roll Out New Covid Safety Measures

 - May 13, 2020, 4:56 PM
Aircraft charter and management provider Silver Air is among the latest to introduce a comprehensive health and safety program in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to extensive cleaning, sterilization, and sealing of aircraft and ground transportation vehicles until needed, the Santa Barbara, California-based company is requiring its crew and passengers to undergo a virtual health screening prior to boarding. (Photo: Silver Air)

This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.

With the Covid-19 crisis severely curtailing commercial aviation traffic, private aircraft charter providers are eager to assure the traveling public that they are providing the latest in disinfection and sanitization measures, among them California providers Clay Lacy Aviation and Silver Air.

Van Nuys-based Clay Lacy introduced its "CleanCheck" standard after evaluating and implementing new technologies and best practices from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Transportation, FAA, OEMs, and other industries, such as bipolar ionization and ClearCabin antimicrobial barrier application. The charter operator's aircraft are cleaned and disinfected after each flight and the company has increased the cleaning frequency for its facilities.

“Health and safety is always our first priority,” said company president and CEO Brian Kirkdoffer. “We examined every department, facility, and process and asked how we could thoughtfully change to provide the absolute safest service and environment."

Meanwhile, Private jet management and charter operator Silver Air developed its “Covid-19 Cleared” program in conjunction with medical professionals and infectious disease specialists, with the aim of reducing potential infectious touchpoints on its aircraft.

While safety has also been the company’s primary concern, “the current environment has challenged us to redefine what that means,” explained CEO Jason Middleton. In addition to aircraft sterilization, its protocol has medical professionals conduct virtual health screenings of passengers and crews before boarding.