21st Century Fleet Systems and AirLabs in new partnership

AirLabs device and driver

21st Century Fleet Systems, part of Journeo, has teamed up with AirLabs to deploy the latter’s air filtration devices in public transport.

The exclusive UK partnership will see the distribution of AirLabs’ air filtration technology AirBubbl to 21st Century’s customer portfolio. That includes major operators such as Arriva, Go-Ahead Group and National Express; regional operators such as Sullivan Buses, and social enterprise groups like HCT Group.

It is hoped the roll-out of the device will increase confidence in bus travel, after half of all respondents to a recent survey by Transport Focus revealed that COVID-19 had made them rethink how they will use public transport.

AirLabs claims the AirBubbl is “scientifically proven to remove more than 99% of airborne viruses and contaminated particulate matter”. The device floods the vehicle with over 37,000 litres of clean air every hour, creating a “clean air breathing zone” to keep drivers and passengers safe.

It adds that the AirBubbl is equally effective at removing air pollution, including harmful ozone gases, nitrogen dioxide and ultrafine particle pollutants (PM10, PM2.5 and smaller), playing a vital role in protecting drivers and passengers long after the pandemic has passed.

“We’ve seen a huge demand from our customers for tried and tested solutions that will help improve customer confidence in public transport and get the industry back on track as it recovers from the pandemic,” says Director of Fleet Systems at Journeo Mark Johnson. “We have chosen to add the AirBubbl to our portfolio of in-vehicle technology solutions to provide our customers with scientifically proven technology that they can trust.”

Adds Stuart Walker, Head of Product Marketing, Transport at AirLabs: “The AirBubbl is a scientifically proven technology that has been rigorously tested for its effectiveness and is successfully being deployed by transport operators around the world, protecting drivers and passengers from airborne coronavirus and air pollution.

“Journeo’s industry expertise and well-established base of customers make them the perfect partner for us to bring our market-leading technology to transport operators across the UK as we look to rapidly expand our distribution.”