Masked Silver Air flight crew awaiting passengers
Silver Air is among the latest air charter companies to introduce a comprehensive health and safety program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Silver Air)

Charter Providers Roll Out Safety Measures

California-based Clay Lacy Aviation and Silver Air have introduced cleaning protocols for the coronavirus era.

With the COVID-19 crisis severely curtailing commercial aviation traffic, private aircraft charter providers are eager to assure the traveling public that they are employing the latest in disinfection and sanitization measures.

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Van Nuys, California–based Clay Lacy Aviation introduced its CleanCheck standard after evaluating and implementing new technologies and best practices from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Transportation, the FAA, aircraft manufacturers, and other industries. The charter operator's aircraft are cleaned and disinfected after each flight, and the company has increased the frequency with which it cleans its facilities.

“We examined every department, facility, and process and asked how we could thoughtfully change to provide the absolute safest service and environment," said company president and CEO Brian Kirkdoffer.

Meanwhile, Fresno, California–based private jet management and charter operator Silver Air developed its COVID-19 Cleared program in conjunction with medical professionals and infectious-disease specialists. Safety has always been the company’s primary concern, said CEO Jason Middleton, but "the current environment has challenged us to redefine what that means." In addition to aircraft sterilization, Silver Air has medical professionals conduct virtual health screenings of passengers and crews before boarding.