Russia’s busiest passenger airport, Moscow Domodedovo, has announced that it has invested 350 million Roubles in purchasing de-icing machines and equipment for cleaning the airfield. It says that in preparation for its winter period, which is expected to last from October 2012 to March 2013, it is acquiring 14 additional vehicles that meets Euro 4 and Euro 5 international environmental standards.
By November / December 2012, its existing 24-vehicle de-icing fleet will be reinforced with four state-of-the-art Elephant Beta de-icing machines from Vestergaard, which allows aircraft to be de-iced with their engines running. Successful tests were with the equipment were completed in February 2012. Domodedovo believes that it is the first Russian airport to introduce this particular equipment.
Domodedovo Airport has two special de-icing sites, which are located at either end of its main runway which can handle two aircraft at a time.
With regard to snow and ice-clearance duties, Domodedovo will have 43 vehicles available for this task. The figure includes two new Schmidt Supra 5001 snow-blowers, four Schmidt CJS-914 Super II and TJS630 snow-sweepers and four Schmidt Stratos B60-36 anti-icing distributors. Some of the new vehicles have particularly high performance specifications. For example, the Schmidt Supra 5001’s new auger rotary snow-blower can remove up to 5,000 tons of snow per hour with a throw distance up to 40 metres.