Deft Dortmund cuts turn-arounds with Cavotec

A look at how our advanced tunnel systems are helping ensure fast, efficient aircraft servicing at Dortmund Airport in Germany. 

These systems are an excellent example of our how our Airports technologies – and especially our E3 Gate concept – are improving passenger experience and operational efficiency at airports worldwide.

E3 stands for ergonomics, economics and the environment; and it’s a concept we’ve applied to, and adapted from, the ports sector.

You can learn more about how the E3 Gate is revolutionising aircraft servicing here. You can also learn more about the launch of the fuelling element of the E3 Gate here.

Our thanks to Dortmund Airport for making this film possible. Let us know what you think about this film by sending us a message on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.


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.

Airports Dubai

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.

Cavotec Germany unveils new GSE production facility

Last week, Cavotec Germany hosted an open day at its new, state-of-the-art production facility and office space just outside Frankfurt.  

Spick and span on the factory floor

The Dietzenbach-based premises, just 20km from Frankfurt Airport, are the new home for Cavotec Fladung and Cavotec Germany. Cavotec Fladung designs and manufactures advanced in-ground aircraft support equipment used at airports all over the world.

The new production facility optimises production processes, with clearly defined areas for specific activities and gantry systems to ensure the safe and efficient transfer of products around the factory floor. The new site also leaves room for the company to continue to grow in the years ahead.

Precision at work: a Cavotec engineer works on an electrical connector

Cavotec Germany Managing Director, Thomas Dreyer; and Cavotec CEO, Ottonel Popesco spoke at the event, before attendees were taken on guided tours around the site. Guests included customers, suppliers and Cavotec staff.

The event, held every two years, also includes product demonstrations and presentations on Cavotec technologies. The following day, employees’ families were invited to the site to see where their families work. Although on this day, the emphasis was rather more on the bouncy castle than pre-conditioned air systems!

This year’s occasion was well-received by all those present, and we look forward to holding a similar event again in 2014.

Dubai Airport flying high

We are delighted to hear that one of our major Airports customers in the Middle East, Dubai International Airport, has reported record passenger numbers for the first six months of this year.

Cavotec has supplied advanced in-ground aircraft servicing systems to Dubai International Airport for many years.

According to figures published by Dubai International, the airport welcomed some 27.9 million passengers between January and June this year – an increase of 13.7 per cent on the same period last year and the busiest six-month period in the airport’s history.

“We are on track to meet the annual projected traffic of 56.5 million passengers, which will bring us very close to Dubai International’s operational capacity of 60 million passengers per annum,” Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, said in a statement.

Cavotec has worked closely with its partners and the airport for many years developing innovative in-ground aircraft servicing systems.

The most recent project on which Cavotec and its partners have worked on at Dubai International is the design, supply and installation of pre-conditioned air (PCAir System) and 400Hz electrical power Pop-Up pit systems for the Airport’s new Concourse 3. This new terminal is due to enter service during the first quarter of 2013 and, according to Griffiths, will increase the airport’s capacity to 75 million.

Cavotec Ground Support Equipment

Cavotec is a leading system designer and integrator for the global airports sector. Our advanced ground support equipment is designed to minimise tarmac congestion, improve operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

Full overview of our technologies for airports: Aircraft ground support equipment.

Airport investment set for lift in the US and China

Cavotec Pit Systems

Across the US, renovation and expansion projects are underway to improve the country’s vast network of commercial airports. Developments include the remodelling of entire terminals. Meanwhile, in China, the number of airports in the country could reach 240 by 2020.

Larger airplanes, an increase in foreign carriers flying into the US and domestic airline mergers are all demanding greater investment in renovation, repair, and construction at airports across the United States.

According to a report by Jad Mouawad published in the New York Times, airports in the United States are consistently criticised by international passengers for departure delays, congestion and amenities.

Expected to be “the largest public work projects going on around the country,” said Patrick Foye, Executive Director for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

A growing need for additional airports has also been highlighted in China, where Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) chief Li Jiaxiang revealed in Beijing on June 11, 2012 that the number of airports in China is expected to reach more than 240 by the year of 2020.

In a report by People’s Daily Online, CAAC chief Mr. Li Jiaxiang pointed out that the civil aviation industry in China will maintain strong growth momentum over the next one or two decades with the continuous development and growth of the Chinese economy.

“In particular, major busy airports are running at their full capacities, and this is the problem we are trying to tackle with right now,” Mr. Li Jiaxiang said.

According to Mr. Li Jiaxiang, China plans to build 70 new airports and to renovate or expand 100 existing airports in the coming years. By the end of 2015, the number of airports for civil aviation use is expected to exceed 230, with passengers set to reach 450 million. By then, there will be 2,700 transport airplanes and 2,000 general aircraft.

Mr. Li Jiaxiang also expressed that by the year of 2020, the number of airports in China will exceed 240, seeking to meet and satisfy the market needs for 700 million air passenger trips.

Cavotec Ground support equipment

Cavotec is a leading system designer and integrator for the global airports sector. Our advanced ground support equipment is designed to minimise tarmac congestion, improve operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

Full overview of our technologies for airports: Aircraft ground support equipment.

Product profile: Cavotec INET electrical converters

Cavotec INET converter power aircraft all over the world

Cavotec INET converters power aircraft all over the world

Here is a brief overview of Cavotec INET electrical converters that ensure the safe and efficient transfer of electrical power to aircraft at airports around the world. 

Cavotec INET electrical converters convert 50Hz mains electrical power to sufficiently high voltages to power aircraft while they stand at the gate.

Aircraft require substantial amounts of power to run on board systems such as lighting, heating, avionics and air conditioning. Where electrical power from the ground is unavailable, aircraft have to run their auxiliary power units (APUs) to power these systems.

APUs however generate substantial amounts of pollutants into the air and consume considerable amounts of fuel. Aircraft that use electrical converters instead thus reduce the amounts of such emissions.

In several recent orders, for example with our latest GSE project in India, Cavotec’s offering has been significantly strengthened by the capacity to integrate electrical converter systems with other utility services into comprehensive turn-key packages.

Cavotec Ground support equipment

Cavotec is a leading system designer and integrator for the global airports sector. Our advanced ground support equipment minimises tarmac congestion, improve operational efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

Click here for a full overview of our technologies for airports.

Click here for more on Cavotec INET converters.