Adelte Supplies Two Apron Drive Boarding Bridges To VLC

The company's bridges use an electromechanical lifting and traction mechanism


ADELTE Airport Technologies designed, manufactured and installed two Apron Drive Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBBs) at Valencia Airport.

AENA Aeropuertos, the world's leading airport operator in terms of passenger numbers chose ADELTE to supply its new generation Apron Drive PBBs in Valencia, where the number of annual travelers is expected to increase from 7 to 15 million over the next few years.

The unique design of ADELTE’s Apron Drive is specially adapted to meet the demands of a wide range of aircrafts, airline companies, and regional and busy, rapidly-growing airports. It offers the latest technology innovations in addition to significant improvements, including the new cabin, which provides a larger and brighter space for passengers to pass through with ease and comfort; more responsive and precise driving technology; and a traction and lifting mechanism that offers better efficiency and very easy access for maintenance work.

ADELTE’s PBBs operating in Valencia are glass-sided units with two crescent sections and use an electromechanical lifting and traction mechanism. According to AENA’s requirements, their specific operating length ranges from 26.75 meters to 43.25 meters with a docking height of 1.88 meters to 5.3 meters. ADELTE’s new rooftop air conditioner units guarantee the ideal temperature inside the tunnels, ensuring maximum comfort for travelers at all times.

In addition, each PBB is equipped with ADELTE’s advanced GSE designed to significantly enhance operational performance on the ramp and around the paassenger boarding bridge. ADELTE’s exclusive GSE includes:

  • A Zephir 25TN PCA unit specially designed for heating and cooling stationary aircraft in all climatic conditions.
  • An Aeolus hose that connects the Zephir PCA unit directly to the stationary aircraft and provides a continuous supply of clean pre-conditioned air.
  • A Consus auxiliary hose trolley system for the supply of PCA to specific aircraft such as the MD-80.
  • A 400hz 90kVA / 28V DC GPU.

Finally, ADELTE has installed an innovative underground system. This new concept enables GSE solutions to be used independently of the Apron Drive. As a result, even airlines which do not require the use of the PBB can easily be supplied with external power and pre-conditioned air.

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