SAHCO acquires new ground support equipment to boost operations

Toward expanding its business activities, Skyway Aviation Handling Company PLC (SAHCO) says it has acquired a new fleet of ultra-modern ground handling equipment. 

The equipment includes Air Conditioning Units (ACU), Ground Power Units (GPU), Toilet Bowsers, Water Bowsers and Baggage Carts.

SAHCO, in a statement in Lagos, said the 3 units of Air Conditioning Units would provide airlines with air conditioning to the aircraft cabin while the aircraft is on the ground while two of the ACUs are to produce 50 pounds of preconditioned air per second for wide-body aircraft and the other is to produce 15 pounds of preconditioned air per second for narrow-body aircraft.

Mrs. Vanessa Uansohia, Manager, Corporate Communications, SAHCO, informed that the ACUs, manufactured by Guinault in France, is environmentally friendly producing less or no carbon monoxide to the atmosphere because they are fitted with tier 4 engines which are the latest technology in compliance with the strictest Emission of Particulate Matter (EPA) emission requirement for off-highway diesel engines.

She added the ACUs systems are fitted with a sim card that is used to monitor the activity of the equipment by both the manufacturer and the end-user to curb misuse, abuse and diagnose malfunction.

“In addition, the ACUs and three Ground Power Units are to deliver alternative voltage supply for aircraft while on the ground. The fleet, also manufactured by Guinault, is two units of GPU equipped to produce 140 KVA of energy for wide-body aircraft and one unit of GPU with the capacity of producing 90 KVA of energy for narrow-body aircraft. These GPUs are also fitted with the tier 4 engine to check carbon monoxide emission and sim cards for proper monitoring and capacity by both the manufacturer and end-user.

“Also, SAHCO constructed three toilets and two water bowsers from locally sourced materials by its engineering and maintenance team. The bowsers are used to produce water and to eliminate waste from the aircraft and are manufactured according to European standards. The tanks of both GSEs are built from galvanized steel to prevent rust and are both towable so as to check energy consumption and emission like the diesel-powered GSEs.

“Another GSE produced by SAHCO are baggage carts, which are built according to the European standards. The carts are also built to be roomier than their European counterparts to accommodate a large volume of baggage. The carts have a peculiar feature of the capacity to be loaded sideways, this helps in reducing the turnaround time of flights.

“Another feature of the baggage cart is that it is built with stainless plates to prevent rusting making it all-weather to accommodate Nigerian terrain. They are fitted with hoods and canopies to protect passengers’ baggage from rain and the carts also have brakes and hooks installed to prevent accidents and slips,” said Uansohia.

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