Recent deliveries to upgrade airport fire-fighting capabilities.
On October 21 Austria’s Rosenbauer received a contract from the United Motor Works Group for the supply of 21 aircraft rescue fire fighting (ARFF) vehicles to the Malaysia Airport Holding Berhad (MAHB). The order, which has a value of €17.4 million (US $23.7m), includes 19 Panther vehicles with three-axle chassis and two pumper trucks for airport operations.
Rosenbauer says its PANTHER vehicles made its Malaysian debut at Petronas Kerteh Airport in August 2009 and, during the year ahead a further 16 vehicles will be stationed across the country’s larger airports. Rosenbauer states that from the end of 2011, three additional vehicles will become operational at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Kuala Lumpur.
Oshkosh Delivers to Pakistan
On November 15, Oshkosh Airport Products Group, part of the Fire and Emergency segment of Oshkosh Corporation delivered 24 Oshkosh Striker aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) vehicles to the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan (PCAA) at a formal signing and acceptance ceremony in Karachi. The vehicles on hand included 16 Striker 1500s and eight Striker 3000s. In addition, it was announced that 19 more Striker vehicles have been ordered for delivery in 2011.
“We are elated that we are about to witness these vehicles being placed into service with the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan at airports throughout the country in this critically important part of the world,” said Jeff Resch, Oshkosh Corporation Airport Products Group Vice President and General Manager. “Moreover, it is especially gratifying that we are now fulfilling a follow-up purchase for 19 more Strikers for the PCAA. That’s a testament to the Striker vehicle’s capabilities as well as to the entire Oshkosh Fire and Emergency segment.”
“The Oshkosh Fire and Emergency Segment’s growth strategy involves matching innovative and reliable vehicles with outstanding service, training and a global support network,” added Tim Raupp, Oshkosh Corporation Senior Vice President – Fire and Emergency. “The enhanced emergency response capabilities represented by these vehicles is an excellent example of what the Oshkosh Fire and Emergency segment is able to provide customers on a global level.”
The contract terms include on site operational and maintenance training, auxiliary equipment and spare parts. The Strikers will be stationed at civil airports throughout Pakistan, the largest of which is Jinnah International Airport in Karachi that handles six million passengers annually.
Staircase In Service
At the beginning of November 2010, a Rosenbauer E8000 rescue staircase was in action during the emergency landing of an Airbus A380 in Singapore. After an engine failure the widebody aircraft was able to touch down safely at its origin airport and all 459 people on board, were unharmed.
The emergency landing was followed by a successful evacuation of the aircraft, which was operating close to its maximum passenger capacity. Among the equipment used to help the passengers disembark was a Rosenbauer E8000 rescue staircase; the first time the design has been used in a real evacuation.