India’s Bangalore International Airport (BIAL) has signed an agreement with German aircraft equipment supplier KUNZ to produce, supply, commission and maintain specialised disabled aircraft recovery equipment (DARE) for Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (KIAB).

With this move, BIAL aims to improve operational capabilities, as well as minimise downtime during runway emergencies.

By executing the agreement, KIAB has become the first airport in India to have a capability effect recovery of disabled aircraft up to Code F category, enabling it to quickly respond and resume operations during an incident on the runway.

BIAL chief operating officer Thomas Hoff Andersson said: “The acquisition of this equipment boosts BLR Airport’s operational capability during runway emergencies.”

Under the agreement, KUNZ and BIAL will jointly set up a centre for disabled aircraft recovery training at Bangalore Airport.

Once completed, the airport will become the first in the region to have such a facility.

BIAL has also formed a team of recovery managers, who will undergo hands-on training at KUNZ’s recovery training facility in Germany.

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In addition, a quick response recovery team will be created to respond to critical situations.

KUNZ managing director Andreas Fuge said: “KUNZ is honoured to have received this contract from BIAL to not only equip the airport with a wide range of KUNZ aircraft recovery products but also enter into a strategic partnership to establish a centre of competency for aircraft recovery training in the region, along with local support of Millennium Aero Dynamics.

“Together with our strong partner BIAL, we will develop a competent training centre in Bengaluru to reduce the downtime of airports during recovery situations and increase awareness to avoid secondary damage to aircraft during the recovery operation.”