BIAL appoints Çelebi to install BME at all Bengaluru airport airbridges

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BIAL has appointed Çelebi to install and operate Bridge Mounted Equipment at all passenger boarding bridges of Terminals 1 & 2 at Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.

The ground handler will also provide BME services to airlines at Terminal 1, which will be effective from January 2022 and from Terminal 2 at a date yet to be confirmed.

Çelebi will install the “2400 Power Coil” units and “3400 Pre-conditioned Air (PCA)” units in the coming weeks, which run on electric power and takes over the functions of the aircraft auxiliary power unit, while the aircraft is on ground.

Key benefits of BME service to airlines are:

  • Reduction in APU maintenance cost
  • Fuel cost saving on APU operations
  • Reduced CO2 emissions (approx. 80-85%) and noise pollution
  • Efficient and safer aircraft turn-around activity.

A Çelebi spokesman said: "BME allows airlines to achieve safer, and more economical operations during ground time. Additionally, it enables airlines to benefit by use of available airport infrastructure efficiently and achieve long-term cost benefits."

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