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 Report.com

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.


Cavotec systems at Dubai’s dedicated A380 terminal

Our ground support systems are playing their part in Dubai Airport’s newly-opened flagship terminal: the world’s first dedicated to the Airbus A380 superjumbo.

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Dubai International Airport’s Concourse A, which opened earlier this month, gives Emirates — one of the fastest-growing airlines — an additional capacity of 15 million passengers a year.

Cavotec equipment at Concourse A includes Pop-Up Pits that supply air and electrical power to aircraft. You can see pictures of these systems on our Facebook page.

Cavotec has worked with major airports in the region for many years, and is currently working on projects at several other hub airports. In December we completed the commissioning of a major application at Bahrain International Airport.


Port operator DP World reports growth in container traffic

DP World, one of world’s largest port operators, has announced a 7.5 per cent-jump in container traffic for the first six months of the year. 

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“The number of containers handled across our portfolio of global ports has increased again, with 28.2 million containers handled in the first six months of the year,” said DP World Chief Executive Mohammed Sharaf in a statement.

The group’s ports, numbering 60 all around the world, handled more than 28 million TEUs to June. The Asia Pacific and Indian subcontinent showed the strongest performance in container movements.

We are delighted to see this encouraging news, especially coming as it does so soon after we heard that another Cavotec customer, Dubai International Airport, reported a record number of passenger numbers in the six months to June.

Cavotec supplies electrical power and spreader reels, Panzerbelt cable protection systems and other innovative technologies to DP World ports. In a recent example, Cavotec  received orders for power and spreader reels for container cranes that will be used at the Rotterdam World Gateway.

Cavotec’s Ports & Maritime unit manufactures a diverse range of advanced technologies that help ports around the world to operate safely, efficiently and sustainably. These products include automated mooringshore powerPanzerbelt cable protectioncrane controllers, slip ringspower chains, connectorsradio remote controls, cable reels and steel chains.


Airport investment set for lift in the US and China

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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.


Cavotec order for fuel hydrant systems at USAF base

Cavotec receives order for fuel hydrant equipment at USAF base in UK

We have received an order from US Air Force base RAF Mildenhall to supply advanced ground support equipment.

The order includes Cavotec fuel hydrant pits on the apron as well as specialist equipment such as high point vent and low point drain pits. As part of the contract, Cavotec will also supply specialist off apron, rolling cover pits such as test and flush pits and prefabricated tank truck refuelling pits.

Mildenhall is situated in Suffolk, England and became a joint USAF-RAF operation base in 1950. The host unit is the 100th Air Refuelling Wing, which provides in-flight refuelling to US and NATO aircraft. Cavotec also supplies ground support equipment for a number of military bases in the UK, including RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, the largest station of the Royal Air Force.


British airport leads the field in carbon neutral initiatives

The Manchester Airport Group (MAG) has announced the opening of the first carbon neutral building in any of the European Union’s 27 member states.

Located on England’s south coast, the new arrivals hall at Bournemouth Airport is an advanced airport structure that emits zero emissions by drawing on a range of sustainable technologies. The building boasts roof-mounted solar cells, passive lighting and ventilation, solar shading, air-source heat pumps and a computerised building management system that controls the heating, lighting and cooling to maximise resource efficiency.

Europe’s first carbon neutral airport building

Cavotec’s Airports market unit develops integrated systems for airports around the world that help drive operational efficiencies, reduce tarmac congestion and improve air quality

Managing Director Rob Goldsmith said, “This is a truly innovative building and we believe it is the first carbon neutral airport building of its type in Europe.”

The airport, which handled approximately 750,000 passengers last year, is committed to its environmental responsibilities and has vowed to make the operation of its vehicles and energy use completely carbon neutral by 2012. Further initiatives include the installation of a bio-diesel boiler to provide heating to the new terminal building, which is expected to save some 546 tonnes of CO2 annually, as well as a green tariff on electricity. By 2012, 100 per cent of the airport’s electricity will come from the carbon neutral sources. MAG expects these measures will produce an annual reduction of 4,122 tonnes of CO2.

Bournemouth Airport has applyied for certification from Airport Carbon Accreditation – the carbon management certification programme launched by ACI EUROPE in June 2009. So far, over 40 airports in 18 European countries have been accredited at one of the 4 levels of the programme. The highest possible accreditation status ‘Neutrality’ have been achieved by 2 airports in Norway, 4 in Sweden and 2 in Italy, while Manchester Airport and a number of Europe’s major hubs are now accredited at the ‘Optimisation’ level,  the highest level possible with carbon offsetting. Collectively, accredited airports achieved a reduction of over 727,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2010.

Airport Carbon Accreditation is administered by WSP Environment & Energy and overseen by an independent advisory board.