Dubai Airport tops list for A380 flights: report

Dubai International Airport has been named as the world’s leading hub in terms of A380 flights by airports business intelligence news provider the Moodie

According to the report, Dubai handled 7,259 A380 flights to 28 destinations in 2012. The vast majority of these flights were operated by Emirates, the world´s biggest operator of the super-jumbo aircraft.

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Singapore Changi was second, with 6,653 A380 flights, and London Heathrow was third with 3,697. Frankfurt, Sydney, Paris, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York and Melbourne were also in the top 10.

Dubai was also recently named as the world´s second busiest airport in terms of international passenger traffic.

Aircraft ground support equipment

Cavotec´s innovative ground support equipment supplies A380 aircraft at Dubai´s dedicated Emirates Concourse A with essential services such as cool air and electrical power.

As previously announced, we are also currently supplying our ground support equipment for the new Emirates A380 Engineering Centre at the airport. For this project, we are installing pop-up pit systems and pre-conditioned air units for four new A380 maintenance hangars.

Aviation Refuelling solutions

Cavotec´s aviation systems enable airports to reduce the use of diesel-driven equipment, increasing operational efficiency and resulting in cleaner air and less cluttered tarmac around aircraft.

Multiple GSE orders in Africa, Europe and the Middle East

In a series of projects worth a combined total of some EUR 3 million, we are to supply advanced ground support systems to several airports in France, Guinea, Luxembourg, Senegal’s new-build Diagne International Airport, and Doha International Airport in Qatar.

The largest of these orders is for a fuel hydrant system at the new Diagne International Airport, near the Senegalese capital Dakar. The order is a considerable achievement for the Cavotec Group, as this is the first fully integrated fuel hydrant package supplied by Cavotec Middle East in cooperation with partners. You can find full details of the project here.

The Diagne International Airport site is located 30 miles (45 kilometres) east of Dakar and replaces the existing Leopold Sedar Senghor Airport. The new airport is expected to handle some three million passengers a year.

We have also received a series of orders from several airports in France and Luxembourg. For example, we are supplying coils and crocodile units for Toulouse Blagnac Airport’s new terminal. At Nice Côte D’Azur Airport, Cavotec is supporting a retrofitting project with 11 coils for an under-bridge solution, and four coils for the airport’s A380 gate.

And in Guinea, West Africa, Cavotec has won a contract to supply extension hydrants at Conakry International Airport for global energy group Total. In Algeria, Cavotec is to supply AXA converters, hatch pits and Vdc cables and connectors, and electrical cabinets for testing and maintenance of rotary-wing aircraft.

Elsewhere, Cavotec and engineering group, Sinohydro-Gamuda-WCT Joint Venture, have signed an agreement for the delivery and installation of 18 hatch pits for a wash apron bay at Doha International Airport in Qatar. The units will connect equipment to clean aircraft at the maintenance area adjoining the Qatar Airways and Emiri hangars. The wash apron bay is designed for two A380 positions.

Mumbai International Airport Expansion

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We have received an order to install 53 advanced fuel hydrant systems and related materiel at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) as part of the airport’s modernisation programme.

Cavotec is to supply 44 hydrant pits, including Cavotec Dabico Cla-Val hydrant valves, and nine DAB-24 pits for low point drains and high point vents. Low point drain pits remove non-fuel fluids and other contaminants that can accumulate in aircraft fuel pipelines. Deliveries are due for completion in early August.

CSIA, formerly Sahar International Airport, currently handles more than 25 million passengers annually, and is served by international carriers such as Emirates, Lufthansa, British Airways and Cathay Pacific. CSIA is also a domestic hub for several Indian airlines including Air India, Blue Dart Aviation, Kingfisher, GoAir, Indian Airlines, IndiGo, Jet Airways, JetLite and SpiceJet.

The fuel hydrant systems project is one element in the first phase of a two-stage expansion programme at the airport. Launched in 2006, the improvements are designed to meet booming demand in India’s rapidly expanding aviation sector. The plans include a new terminal, a new air traffic control system and new taxiways and upgrades of existing terminals.

Designed by SOM Architects, the new terminal will cover more than 4.8 million square feet, and will have the capacity to handle some 40 million passengers annually when fully operational. The new terminal is due to open in 2013. The terminal will have one gate configured to receive the A380 aircraft and a further two gates will be readily adaptable for the A380.

Successful trials for pre-conditioned air system with Airbus

We have completed a two-week series of intensive trials of our patented PCAir aircraft cooling system, with leading aircraft manufacturer, Airbus, at the group’s production plant in Toulouse, France.

The Cavotec PCAir System is unlike any other air-based technology on the market, expanding dry compressed air to produce 100 cubic metres of pre-conditioned air per minute, at minus 25 degrees Celsius.  Using conventional systems makes it very difficult to cool aircraft on the ground because intel temperatures need to be at least five degrees Celsius.

Pilots tend to run on board auxiliary power units (APUs) to cool parked aircraft, as conventional systems are often ineffective. APUs can burn between 200 and 600 litres of fuel per hour, generating pollution at airports and consuming costly fuel that could be used to fly aircraft – not cool them on the ground. Cavotec’s PCAir system provides the dual benefits of reducing pollution and reducing costs. This makes the PCAir system beneficial to all airport constituencies: airlines, airport operators, and communities surrounding airports.

The culmination of in-house testing and the two-week trials at Airbus proved that our PCAir systems operates effectively, having successfully delivered –25°C ‘dry air’ in environments with ambient temperatures of up to 48°C. Most importantly, the PCAir system cooled Airbus’ largest wide body aircraft, the A380, in less than 30 minutes, proving the system’s adaptability for the entire Airbus fleet.

We have enjoyed a long-standing partnership with Airbus, supplying in-ground supply systems for production hangars and delivery positions, including those for the A380 programme. Earlier this year, Cavotec won an order to supply 12 in-ground utility systems for the new Airbus A320 Final Assembly Line in Tianjin, China. In addition, Cavotec has supplied delivered in-ground supply systems for the Airbus A400M production hangars in Seville, Spain, and produces a full range of tow bars for all Airbus aircraft types.