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Arconas finds a place in Montréal

Montreal’s Pierre Trudeau International Airport’s newly expanded International jetty features over 1,000 new seats that are described by their Canadian manufacturer and supplier, Arconas, as “the best seat in the house”.

Arconas says that airport operator, Aéroports de Montréal (ADM), chose its ‘Place’ seating model because in addition to coming with power, tablet arms and drink holders it compliments the terminal’s modern aesthetic.

Lynn Gordon, Arconas’ vice president of airport solutions, says: “Features include tablet arms for a personal work surface, drink holders and integrated AC & USB power modules on every beam, while some ‘armless’ seat positions will allow passengers to spread out.

“The new seats, which we believe offer every passenger ‘the best seat in the house’, are mindfully placed near concessions and retail, encouraging passengers to relax, recharge and refuel.”

She notes that the innovative new seats have their own customised cable channel designed to help the airport reduce its coring requirements and bring power to areas where coring wasn’t possible.

This is the first time Arconas has won a contract at Montréal-Trudeau and Gordon admits that the company and its local Québec-based agent have been working with the ADM team and their architects for some time on concepts and ideas in an effort to ensure that the installation reflected “their passenger service goals”. 

Does Arconas have plans to add more seating at the airport in the next 18 months? “We have supplied our inPower Bars (charging counters) and some products from our new partner, Green Furniture,” replies Gordon.

“We will continue to work with ADM to support them with their evolving seating needs.  With our diverse product base, we can offer airports a number of creative solutions not only for seating but also for charging, lounge and accent seating, waste receptacles, modular counters, etc.” 

New self-service kiosks

Dublin Airport has invested €2 million on 62 new self-service kiosks to improve the check-in experience for four of its major airline customers – Aer Lingus, Ryanair, CityJet and Flybe.

Passengers using the new self-service bag drop kiosks can, depending on the airline, check-in for their flight, tag their own bag and dispatch it into the baggage system much faster than would be the case using traditional check-in desks.

The gateway worked with its technology provider Rockwell Collins in conjunction with Pulse.aero to provide a tailored process for each airline. 

“The new self-service systems are already having a significant impact on check-in times at Dublin Airport,” enthuses Dublin Airport’s managing director, Vincent Harrison. 

“Touchless bag drop means that passengers can drop their bag at a self-service machine that requires only minor user interaction, thus eliminating many of the steps they have to deal with when checking in,” notes Chris Forrest, vice president of airport systems for Rockwell Collins. 

Crossing bridges

JBT Corporation has been awarded a multi-year, multi-phased contract for the supply of gate equipment to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The contract is for the replacement of boarding bridges, pre-conditioned air units and ground power equipment at concourses A, B, C, D, and T-South in Atlanta. 

The contract, awarded by the City of Atlanta through the Atlanta Airlines Terminal Corporation, calls for the supply of more than 80 boarding bridges and dozens of accompanying specialty air and power devices designed to service aircraft while parked at the gate. 

The Jetway boarding bridges being supplied are of a corrugated steel design common to the Atlanta airport. Delivery of the bridges is expected to start July 2016 and wrap up October 2018. 

JBT AeroTech’s president, David Burdakin, says: “JBT’s broad product range in airport gate equipment positioned us well to provide a comprehensive, single-source equipment contract at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.”

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