MHI-TES received order for five PBBs from Miyazaki Airport Building Co.
24 November 2017
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Equipment Engineering & Service Co. (MHI-TES) has received an order for five passenger boarding bridges (PBBs) from Miyazaki Airport Building Co. The order consists of two long PBBs able to accommodate small aircraft, the first of their type in Japan, as well as three stepless PBBs with completely barrier-free corridors that were first developed by MHI-TES. Installation of the PBBs began in September 2017 in parallel with other airport renovation work and is scheduled to be completed in December. The two long PBBs were jointly developed by Miyazaki Airport and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Equipment Engineering & Service Co., a group company of MHI-TES. To accommodate both regular and small-sized passenger aircraft in service at Miyazaki Airport, the design of the PBB - including the head structure, lifting apparatus, running gear, and tunnel portion - was holistically revised to allow connection to all types of regular and small-sized aircraft while still maintaining the gentle slope angle required for PBB standards. Conventional PBBs cannot be directly connected to smaller passenger aircraft of 80 seats or fewer; the newly-developed design solves this problem to create a truly passenger-friendly solution. The STEPLESS PBBs eliminate the ramp placed between tunnels that had been considered unavoidable due to the conventional structure of PBBs, which consist of a larger outer tunnel corridor and smaller inner tunnel that extends and retracts. The new design has fully flat floors for both the outer and inner passageways. This is achieved by eliminating the ramp and expanding the passageway by covering-up the rain gutters normally located on either side of the outer tunnel corridor. This creates a completely barrier-free space which facilitates smooth and safe mobility, including for passengers using wheelchairs.