Delhi airport to get robot cleaners

DELHI: Aircrafts at IGI airport may now soon be cleaned with robotic machines, saving time and increasing the frequency of flights, after airport operators DIAL and Air India SATS joined hands to bring in the technology from Sweden.

Called the ‘Nordic Dino’, the machine underwent a series of trial runs by AI SATS over the last couple of months, reports The Times of India.

Officials said that now the technology is ready to be implemented at the airport.

Earlier, cleaning an aircraft like the A320 would take close to 8 hours, while cleaning a narrow body aircraft would take 5-6 hours of time and up to 18 cleaners.

The new technology will require just one man to operate it and the cleaning time will reduce to 2 hours, officials said. Further, it will ensure that even if an aircraft arrives late at the terminal, the aircraft will be cleaned on time for its subsequent flight.

“Cleaning an aircraft like the A320 may take up to 10 hours sometimes and close to 20 workers to ensure the best possible hygiene. However, the use of a machine will reduce manual intervention, reduce manpower involved and improve the efficiency and frequency of flights,” an airport official said.


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