Siemens Wins Chinese Contract

SIEMENS MOBILITY has been awarded an order from the China West Airport Group for a baggage handling system for the new third terminal (Terminal 3) at Xi’an Xianyang International Airport (XIY).  The order is worth about €20 million (US$27.3m).
Siemens is to supply the baggage handling system, including the departure and arrival systems, together with a 1,000-item early baggage store and material flow IT system.  The project is due to be completed by early 2012.
Covering an area of over 2 sq miles (5km2), Xi’an Xianyang International is physically the largest airport in north-western China.  It is located in Shaanxi Province and currently serves 79 national and international destinations.  In 2008, the airport handled nearly 12 million passengers.  Terminal 1 was built in 1991, with Terminal 2 following in 2003.  Due to ever increasing passenger numbers, the China West Airport Group is now planning to build a third terminal.  As of 2020, Xi’an Xianyang International Airport will be able to handle up to 31 million passengers per annum.  The operating company is owned by the People’s Government of Shaanxi Province and it runs eleven airports in China.
The departure system will comprise four check-in islands with 80 counters and three check-in counters with integrated hold baggage screening facilities.  Two tilt-tray sorters covering an overall handling distance of 1km will ensure 100% fail safety of the sorting system.  It will feed 27 terminal points and four make-up carousels.  Nine inclined carousels will be installed in the arrivals hall of the new terminal.  A separate transfer line will transport transit passengers’ bags reliably and securely straight from their incoming aircraft to their connecting flights.  The whole baggage handling system will be controlled by Siemens’ own material flow IT system.
Siemens is also installing an empty tote return system in the check-in hall at Xi’an Xianyang International Airport.  Bulky and irregularly shaped baggage, like baby carriages or rucksacks, is loaded into trays and transported automatically to the terminal point.  The company says that a sufficient number of empty trays will always be available in the check-in area and that  this solution speeds up the loading process for this type of baggage and also avoids possible jams on the conventional belt conveyors.