Swiss engineering group Cavotec has received a supply order from Bahrain International Airport for its aircraft ground cooling systems, Sub-Freezing Dual Blower DX Arctic PCA.

Under the €8m contract, Cavotec will design, engineer, install, test and commission the units and will additionally provide in-ground pit systems that are set to minimise the vehicles needed for aircraft service.

The deal is part of the airport’s modernisation project that includes new terminal buildings, installation of contact gates and remote stands, and redevelopment of current facilities.

“Cavotec revolutionised sub-freeze cooling of aircraft with the world’s first such PCA systems at Bahrain back in 2010. This is the next step in the development of these systems.”

These works constitute the initial phase of the upgrade, which is estimated to increase the passenger capacity at the airport from nine to 14 million per year.

Cavotec airports and industry division president Juergen Strommer said: “BAC has renewed its trust in Cavotec to cool aircraft quickly and efficiently.

“Cavotec revolutionised sub-freeze cooling of aircraft with the world’s first such PCA systems at Bahrain back in 2010. This is the next step in the development of these systems.”

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The firm’s aircraft cooling PCA units are used globally with different aircraft in both hot and cold climates and are reported to improve passenger comfort and operational efficiency while decreasing environmental impact.

Bahrain Airport Company’s first order in 2010 for the Cavotec Sub-Z PCA and pit systems is said to have led to a cooling of Code F wide-body aircraft during ‘demanding ambient conditions’.

Cavotec also provides a variety of power, wet services and fuelling systems that can be installed in in-ground pits and tunnel systems to decrease the number of vehicles for servicing an aircraft.