Autumn 2023

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Autumn 2023

Welcome to the Autumn 2023 issue of Airside International, in which we feature the changing technology supporting the lifts and loaders that make up an important part of the GSE mix.
Other features in this issue look at the subjects of GSE leasing and GSE total cost of ownership (TCO).

In regard to the latter, Megan Ramsay looks at how some equipment operators consider all the issues of TCO prior to making any choices on what GSE they might acquire, the initial purchase price being only one factor in what will make up the cost of that equipment over the course of its entire life-cycle. She also discusses with a number of GSE operators and suppliers how maintenance and engineer recruitment and training requirements are changing as GSE goes electric.

We talk with Gul Denge, sales director at Istanbul-headquartered DENGE Airport Equipment, one of those GSE suppliers, about the company’s news and its plans for the future, as well as with Nordic Heaters, a specialised supplier of heaters for aircraft interiors or for de-icing engines. We also hear from SMETS Technology, a supplier of vehicles and ancillary equipment for high-pressure water treatment of runways about its ELAtextur macrotexture testing device and Titan Aviation about how it is going about meeting growing demand for hybrid or electric on-airport refuellers.

The issue also includes a chat with China’s Weihai Guangtai, a manufacturer of a wide range of GSE, and discovers how the company is meeting evolving market needs, as well as with a couple of the suppliers of technology that support global airside operations, where we learn about how EMMA Systems’ artificial intelligence (AI)-based platform is helping Croatia’s Zagreb Airport to optimise operations and how the US’s Advanced Charging Technologies is growing its presence in the GSE business.

As well as hearing from Zagreb Airport, we catch up with Italy’s Torino (Turin) Airport to find out how it is ‘going green’. And the industry’s ground handlers are also featured – we meet the new vice president of Grupo EULEN’s Aviation Division, Jose Gonzalez-Mixco, to discover his plans for the division’s growth.

Finally, we take a look back at the recent GSE&RAMP-OPS Global 2023 event in Seville, the annual conference that complements and supports Airside magazine, while also looking forward to the forthcoming inter airport Europe show in Munich in October and, the month prior to that, the International GSE Expo to be held in Las Vegas.

We hope you enjoy the issue.

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