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Daily press, 2014-03-24, 08:25 AM

ThyssenKrupp unveils global innovation at Passenger Terminal Expo in Barcelona

With growth in air traffic expected to continue, new solutions are required for airport services. ThyssenKrupp’s new air supply equipment for aircraft offers greater economy and efficiency for airlines and airport operators, improves air cooling rates by up to 15 percent with associated energy savings, and contributes to tidier and safer airplane service areas.

Technology leader ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems is once again changing the game in innovative ground support equipment with its new pre-conditioned airflow system for turnaround services on docked aircraft. The company’s pioneering PC Air hose management system (CNDL) and high-performance refrigeration conduits (MTO) are being presented at the Passenger Terminal Expo and Conference in Barcelona, March 25-27, one of the world’s most important events for experts and decision-makers from airports, airlines, and aviation authorities.

The new CNDL system offers up to 15 percent higher cooling rates, making it the most energy-efficient system of its kind on the market. It can be adapted to any type of airport, from small regional airfields to major international hubs, and can be installed under almost any existing passenger boarding bridge. Another major advantage is that the ventilation hose does not need to be fully unrolled; the length deployed can be matched exactly to the length of the passenger boarding bridge connecting to an aircraft. This prevents unnecessary exposure to the sun and keeps the aircraft parking and service area safe and tidy by eliminating excess lengths of hose. A low-weight aircraft connector and a control panel located in the drive unit also make the system easy to operate.

The new CNDL system has already been tested for six months on two passenger boarding bridges in the demanding operating environment of London Heathrow International Airport. The excellent performance of the new equipment has been acknowledged by the airport management, leading to the decision to order a further eighteen units.

ThyssenKrupp’s other innovation now presented is the extendable MTO high-performance refrigeration conduit. Made of stainless steel and insulated with polyurethane foam, the MTO transports cold air produced in the terminal to the air management system on the plane with no loss of cooling even in high outdoor temperatures. It can also be integrated into any type of passenger boarding bridge and is compatible with all hose retrieval systems available on the market.

“According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), air traffic is expected to grow by 5.4% per year to roughly 3.91 billion passengers by 2017. This calls for innovative solutions to improve airport and aircraft service operations, which is an area where ThyssenKrupp is focusing its research and development efforts”, explains Jose Manuel Ardura, the responsible engineering manager at ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems. “The new products have been developed in response to the need to supply air conditioning to docked aircraft. These are not just ideas, but fully developed solutions already in operation at international airports with high traffic flows.”

In addition to the new CNDL and MTO systems, ThyssenKrupp is also showcasing its passenger boarding bridges –recognized as the world’s first choice– at the Passenger Terminal Expo and Conference in Barcelona.

ThyssenKrupp Elevator has a strong industrial presence in Spain with over 4,200 skilled employees at its various manufacturing facilities, product development and service centers. In Spain, the company manufactures passenger boarding bridges for airports, as well as elevators and escalators for Spanish customers and for export.

The Elevator Technology business area brings together the ThyssenKrupp Group’s global activities in passenger transportation systems. With sales of 6.2 billion euros in fiscal 2012/2013 and customers in 150 countries, ThyssenKrupp Elevator is one of the world’s leading elevator companies. With more than 49,000 highly skilled employees, the company offers innovative and energy-efficient products designed to meet customers’ individual requirements. The portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products. Over 900 locations around the world provide an extensive sales and service network to guarantee closeness to customers.