Vanderlande Industries has signed a seven-year agreement with JFKIAT, the operator of Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, to operate and maintain the baggage handling system (BHS) and passenger boarding bridge (PBB).
The agreement follows the company's selection by JFKIAT in September 2012 as the operator of the terminal's all new baggage handling system.
Initially, the contract is worth $30.5m, while upon the completion of seven-year term, there are two five-year optional extensions, which would make the contract worth about $70m.
As part of the operations and maintenance (O&M) contract, Vanderlande's will be responsible for operations and maintenance on the currently operational $53m BHS at Terminal 4, in addition to managing the new in-line baggage system to be completed during the first quarter of 2013.
JFKIAT president Alain Maca said the long-term agreement would provide the airlines and passengers at Terminal 4 with an efficient baggage system.
"The new in-line baggage system being completed by Vanderlande is one of the most significant benefits of the major expansion project at Terminal 4," Maca said.
Additionally, the company's customer services division will maintain the passenger boarding bridge, including several 28ft Airbus A380 boarding bridges that are scheduled to go live in May 2013.
Terminal 4, the largest in the New York area, is currently being expanded and will house Delta Air Lines. It is expecting an annual passenger volume of around 12 million in 2013.
Image: John F. Kennedy International Airport is operated by The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.