Winter 2019

issue 48

Welcome to the Winter 2019 issue of Airside International, in which the recent inter airport Europe exhibition in Munich plays a leading role. Airside International was there in force, meeting the industry’s big hitters, as well as some smaller, well-established players and new entrants. A large part of this issue is dedicated to the news that they shared at the show.

Our features take in the topical subject of Snow Clearance, assessing the technological changes that are taking place that help airport authorities and their ground service providers to keep aircraft flying through gateways whatever the harshness of the weather.

We also look at how technology is moving quickly in the world of airfield ground lighting (AGL) and the various state-of-the-art surface movement systems that are becoming a feature of today’s airports, another tool to maximise airside efficiency and minimise the time an aircraft spends on the ground between landing and its next scheduled take-off.

The third feature addresses the important subject of assisting passengers with restricted movement (PRM) to reach and then board, as well as disembark, aircraft. Here, too, equipment is changing as new technologies offer improvements to longstanding methodologies.

Airside talks to Giles Eilson, who took over the role of CEO at the handler back in June but who quickly settled into the hot seat and has built on previous experience to propel the company forward along the lines of focus he has set.

We meet with Teletrac Navman to look at the benefits of telematics to GSE operators and to Turkish GSE supplier Timsan about the importance it is placing on electric-powered vehicles. Another GSE supplier, Bombelli, offers insight into its new Arctic Cool Dolly that is proving particularly popular in the Middle East and Africa, and our Buyer’s Assessment this issue looks at the value that SriLankan Catering assigns to its Timsan catering trucks.

We hope you enjoy the issue.

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  • Stormy weather

    Keeping aircraft flying safely and on time is the raison d’être of any airport – including those that have to contend with severe winter conditions. Fortunately, technology continues to evolve, m...

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  • Fast-moving technology throws light on AGL

    The technology used by the latest airfield ground lighting (AGL) systems is changing quickly, in terms of both individual lights and airport surface movement monitoring and control systems ADB SAFE...

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  • Easing the way for PRM

    Airport authorities and ground service providers work hard to make flying as convenient as it can be for passengers with restricted mobility (PRMs). Getting on and off aircraft can be a particular cha...

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  • Buyer’s Assessment: SriLankan Airlines

    Saman Perera, manager – operations of SriLankan Catering (SLC), a wholly owned subsidiary of SriLankan Airlines that offers airline catering from its base at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International A...

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  • Tracking GSE assets on the apron

    Teletrac Navman is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider leveraging location-based technology and services for managing mobile assets. Its fleet and asset management technology offers significant va...

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  • Leading the way

    Menzies group chief executive Giles Wilson talks about the strategies he has been implementing at the handler since he took charge during the summer You took over as CEO of Menzies in early June. D...

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  • OmniServ’s handling for Ryanair at Stansted reaps rewards

    OmniServ began providing bespoke, managed handling services for Ryanair at London Stansted earlier this year, and it believes that the difference in quality quickly became apparent OmniServ is not ...

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  • Timsan powers ahead on electric GSE

    Istanbul, Turkey-headquartered GSE manufacturer Timsan offers a wide range of equipment to the market. One focus of its strategy to continue developing its growing GSE offering is a move towards produ...

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  • Bombelli keeps it cool

    Milan-headquartered GSE supplier Bombelli has confirmed the launch of its latest offering, a redesigned cool dolly. Oman Ground Handling has bought six of the cool pallet dollies and Bombelli is hopef...

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  • The airport industry gathers in Munich

    The inter airport Europe event in Bavaria in October was the latest iteration of the world’s biggest airport show, where the great and the good of the industry come together. Of course, Airside Inte...

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  • AVIOGEI shows off its electric portfolio

    On the AVIOGEI Airport Equipment stand in Munich were a number of different items from the Italian GSE supplier’s extensive product range, sharing one common factor: they are all electrically powere...

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  • Bulmor reaches the heights

    Bulmor is a leading player in specialised lifting vehicles, especially side loaders. Its airport ambulifts were on display in Munich Konrad Gruber, sales manager at Vienna, Austria-headquartered Bu...

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  • Butzbach looks to further international growth

    A family-owned business (son Thilo took it over from his father in 1999), Butzbach has been making doors for over 35 years, selling its first hangar door to Nuremberg Airport more than three decades a...

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  • dBD looks to potential of aviation market

    Basildon, UK-headquartered dBD Communications, a specialist in Bluetooth communications solutions for the ramp environment (as well as for other industries, such as rail and construction), was at inte...

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  • Elaflex stays ahead of the game

    Fuelling hose, couplings and nozzle supplier Elaflex is augmenting and improving its portfolio of products on an ongoing basis as the needs of the on-airport fuelling business change. It was exhibitin...

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  • Esterer innovates to meet changing demands

    One of the trends seen at this year’s inter airport – one that has been a common feature of GSE shows for some time – was the number of suppliers promoting electric equipment. One of them in Mun...

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  • Goldhofer sets the pace on emobility and digitalisation

    Goldhofer’s focus at inter airport this year was on the twin issues of e-mobility and digitalisation. They were examined in some depth, along with other strategies and the latest product development...

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  • HYDRO Systems unveils all-new battery-powered pushback

    On the HYDRO Systems stand at inter airport was its all-new emover electric tug. The first and only prototype of this all-new, innovative aircraft tug was available for viewing at the Biberach, German...

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  • KAMAG offers electric aircraft catering variant

    Ulm, Germany-based heavy transport specialist KAMAG had on its stand at inter airport its Electric Catering Wiesel, or E-Catering Wiesel. It offers an emissions-free alternative to conventional cateri...

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  • Mallaghan unveils all-new airport bus

    Dungannon, Northern Ireland-headquartered Mallaghan made a big splash at this year’s inter airport, unveiling with much fanfare an entirely new airport bus – said to be the world’s largest in te...

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  • MC Solutions looks to fibre optics for further efficiencies

    MC Solutions is a Milan-based supplier of a modular system for ground lighting and surface guidance monitoring. It is offering a new fibre optic-based Modular Intelligence Airport product for greater ...

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  • Plug Power works with MULAG on hydrogen fuel cell power

    There was plenty of evidence of GSE operators – and therefore suppliers – looking at the benefits of lithium-ion battery technology. Still not on everybody’s radar, however, is another option: h...

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  • Semmco enjoys full order books

    On one of the outside stands was Woking, UK-based GSE supplier Semmco. It was displaying a wide range of its GSE and aviation access equipment, large and small: from variable height access platforms a...

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  • TBD goes at full steam

    Such has been the demand for TBD’s products in recent times that over just the last calendar year sales have risen by something like 50%. Over that same period, the company has taken on about 20 new...

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  • Vanderlande offers end-to-end baggage handling system

    Netherlands-based baggage handling system specialist Vanderlande was at inter airport to promote its latest offerings. In particular, it was marketing its new end-to-end luggage logistics approach cal...

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  • VRR offers innovative ULD solutions

    Rotterdam, Netherlands-based VRR had a very busy show. The ULD supplier unveiled an innovative collapsible AAY container at inter airport, and announced that ULD lessor ACL Airshop will be the launch ...

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