Dusseldorf airport pilots first PRM PaxLift

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Dusseldorf is to become the first airport to trial the PaxLift XL, a new purpose-built PRM lift from Italian manufacturer, Baumann.

Just in time for the peak travel season, the PaxLift XL will be the first machine of its type to overcome the disadvantages of traditional modified ambulift vehicles.

At just 2,550 millimetres wide and 3,100 millimetres high when in motion, PaxLift offers precise control and maximum comfort within a small footprint, allowing passengers to enter at ground level without stabilisers or the need for a secondary tailift. Raising passengers smoothly to six metres and without a pantograph, stabilisers, mast or chains, the PaxLift utilises three lifting columns to provide a smooth, safe lift, with fully hydraulic suspension for a comfortable driving experience.

Dusseldorf airport prides itself on catering for all types of passengers, with all departure areas, including the airport train station, designed to be accessible for passengers with disabilities.

“This is an important area for DUS, and one which we are keen to demonstrate our excellent PRM credentials,” said Airport Branch Manager, Markus Daniels. Commenting on the airport's project with PaxLift, he added: "We believe we can significantly reduce the total cost of ownership as well as improve maintenance, product life cycle and passenger comfort.”

Baumann managing director, Klaus Pirpamer, commented on the debut of its first PaxLift at Dusseldorf airport. “Together we saw the value in something which offers easy access and great manoeuvrability to reach the airplane door, as well as being fast, great quality and reliable,” he said.

Baumann's in-house design team first developed and produced a machine for PRM over a decade ago. “The evolution of PaxLift was a natural consequence of our earlier work in this field,” added Klaus. “With a tighter turning circle, clearer view and smaller footprint, we believe we have the safest option available. Integrated suspension makes the operation fast and smooth, whilst the hydraulically powered steering axle ensures continuous reliability and performance,” he went on to say.

Standard trucks are fitted with a Stage 4 Final Diesel engine, with electric trucks also planned for release next year.

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