Siemens has secured a contract from Southwest Airlines to install a new baggage handling system in Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), US.

The contract forms a part of $508m project to modernise Terminal 1, which was originally built in the early 1980s.

Commenting on the deal, Southwest Airlines senior project manager Don Ostler said: "Southwest chose Siemens for this project because they presented a solid team and solution throughout the evaluation process, giving us confidence in their ability to deliver to our standards.

"We have worked successfully with Siemens in the past and value them as a reliable partner."

"They have a proven understanding of airport logistics and a track record of successful projects, both in the US and all over the world. They can support our goal of transforming the entire passenger experience, from the curb to the gate, at Los Angeles International Airport. We have worked successfully with Siemens in the past and value them as a reliable partner."

During the construction, Siemens will support Southwest Airlines to ensure their daily operation runs smoothly during the transition.

The contract will require Siemens to offer layout, engineering, assembly, commissioning and integration of a completely new outbound baggage screening system and a new inbound baggage handling system by mid-2017.

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The inline baggage screening system with four Morpho Detection CTX 9800 machines complies with the US Transportation Security Administration’s design guidelines.

Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions CEO Michael Reichle said: "This order is a great success for Siemens Logistics and Airport Solutions. It is of particular importance since the US American airport market is the biggest one worldwide."