New pilot assistance technologies take to the road with Airbus’ Optimate demonstrator

Airbus UpNext, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Airbus, has started testing new technologies to support automatic taxiing and enhance pilot assistance onboard an electric truck. The three-year research project, called Optimate, will combine a wide range of cutting-edge technologies including advanced...

COBUS Industries receives electric apron bus order from British Airways

In November 2023, the airline British Airways Plc. placed an order with COBUS Industries GmbH for the delivery of 38 right-hand drive apron buses to be used for its operations at London Heathrow Airport. The order consists of 15 buses operating on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel and 23 full...

dnata announces major enhancements to global GSE fleet at Dubai Airport Show

dnata has signed significant deals with leading manufacturers, locking in five-year global framework contracts for new Ground Support Equipment (GSE) at the Dubai Airport Show. These contracts boast an estimated total value of over US$ 210 million over their lifespan. dnata has already committ...

Aviramp breaks new frontier with £2million of orders

Aviramp, manufacturer of aircraft boarding ramps and bridges, has announced that it has clinched £1.2million of new orders with US-based Frontier Airlines. The new orders – for nine of its industry-leading step-free boarding ramps – means the Denver-based carrier has invested nearly £2milli...

IATA initiative to accelerate transition to enhanced GSE

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) launched a program reinforcing the industry’s aim of increasing the use of enhanced ground support equipment (Enhanced GSE). Presented at IATA’s Ground Handling Conference (IGHC), the IATA Enhanced GSE Recognition Program aims to accelerate t...

EXCLUSIVE: Swissport talks sustainable GSE with Airside International

EXCLUSIVE: Swissport talks sustainable GSE with Airside International

"Swissport is the largest operator of airport ground support equipment [GSE] in the world. At some 14,300 units of motorised GSE, our fleet is larger than even the asset pool of the sector’s biggest lessor," CEO Warwick Brady said recently in an article he wrote on how the ground handler is evolvi...

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Timsan: Evolving with the needs of the GSE market

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dBD Communications has earned its ISO 9001:2015 re-certification effective immediately. The official certification reflects dBD Communications’ dedication to delivering technological excellence by applying the highest standard of quality assurance throughout all its processes, including researc...

ITW GSE boasts 30% growth in 2023, as market sees post-Covid recovery

ITW GSE prospers as company boasts 30% growth in 2023

Last week, Airside visited ITW GSE's Denmark production facility to interview the company's vice president general manager, Poul Elvstrøm. In this interview, Elvstrøm gave insights on ITW GSE's strategic expansion plans, post-Covid growth and new products. On sustainability, the ITW GSE boss emp...

Miami International Airport unveils new glass boarding bridge

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and officials from Miami International Airport (MIA) celebrated the inauguration of the latest glass passenger boarding bridge at gate H17, marking a milestone in the airport's ongoing modernization efforts. Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Mayo...

Hong Kong International Airport to implement renewable diesel on ground services equipment

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) announced today the launch of a renewable diesel pilot project at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as part of its unwavering commitment to developing HKIA into the world’s greenest airport. HKIA is the first airport in Asia to use renewable diesel, which...

easyJet and Bristol Airport complete hydrogen refuelling trial

A airside hydrogen refuelling trial, led by easyJet and supported by several cross-industry partners, has been successfully completed at Bristol Airport – the first airport trial of its kind at a major UK airport. Hydrogen was used to refuel and power ground support equipment (GSE) – specific...

Aviramp orders boom as company celebrates record number of new contracts

Aviramp orders boom as company celebrates record number of new contracts

UK-based GSE manufacturer Aviramp said it has enjoyed its best ever start to the year after securing a record number of new contracts. The company announced it has been awarded deals in the US, Europe, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa in a "record-breaking first quarter" of 2024. Graham ...

Brussels Airport and TUI fly are testing the Taxibot for sustainable taxiing

Brussels Airport and TUI fly are conducting Taxibot tests as part of the Stargate program, a European Green Deal project for a greener aviation. The Taxibot is a semi-autonomous aircraft towing system that can significantly reduce environmental impact, as taxiing will happen using the Taxibot on ...

Mallaghan launches new electric belt loader

Mallaghan launches new electric belt loader

Northern Irish GSE manufacturer Mallaghan has announced the launch of a new SkyBelt belt loader. The company said the new, all-electric model is a highly capable, new conventional belt loader that capitalises on decades of experience and R&D efforts. According to Mallaghan, development of ...

Schiphol trials electric autonomous shuttle buses as part of sustainability drive

Schiphol trials electric autonomous buses as part of sustainability drive

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is trialling the use of electric autonomous shuttle buses as a part of its ambition to have emission-free autonomous ground operations by 2050. Two self-driving Ohmio buses are following a fixed route and making stops at various locations on Schiphol's airside. The s...

IATA: Electric GSE 'crucial' to industry's sustainability drive

IATA: Electric GSE ‘crucial’ to industry’s sustainability drive

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has stated that electric ground support equipment (GSE) is one of a number of "crucial" sustainability measures for the aviation industry to implement to meet its climate commitments. In a new policy document, the body outlines that sustainable a...

British Airways overhauls airport equipment at Heathrow

British Airways is embarking on a multi-million-pound investment programme to overhaul its ground support equipment at Heathrow Airport, as part of its commitment to reducing emissions both in the air and on the ground. The airline will gradually be replacing its ground vehicles at Heathrow, such...

Airport on the Chinese plateau relies on IHSE KVM system

IHSE, manufacturer of KVM solutions for the extension and switching of computer signals, announces that it has equipped a high-altitude Chinese airport with a fully redundant KVM solution for fail-safe air traffic control. Over the past few years, IHSE KVM solutions have become an element in air ...

Southeast Asian GSE market could be worth $1.2bn by 2027

Southeast Asian GSE market could be worth $1.2bn by 2027

The ASEAN ground support equipment market is projected to grow to a value of US$1.2bn by 2027, according to a study by Allied Market Research (AMR). The forecast for growth suggests the region's GSE market will prosper from a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 9.8 per cent from 2020 to 2027. ...

dnata CEO: 'Sustainable GSE will help reduce our carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 compared to 2022'

dnata CEO: ‘Sustainable GSE will help reduce our carbon footprint by 50% by 2030 compared to 2022’

Sustainability is "at the heart of what we do", dnata CEO Steve Allen told journalists recently when he shared the ground handler's carbon footprint reduction strategy for 2030. Last week, Airside was invited to tour dnata's Dubai headquarters and airport facilities, where the ground handling bos...

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