Airport awards bid for passenger boarding bridges to Chicago company

07/31/2014 11:20 AM

08/08/2014 10:26 AM

Wichita Mid-Continent Airport has awarded an $8 million contract to JBT Corp., based in Chicago, for gate equipment for the new terminal building, including glass passenger boarding bridges.

The order was placed by the Wichita Airport Authority. It includes glass-sided Jetway passenger boarding bridges, preconditioned air units and ground power units.

It’s one of the largest orders for glass-walled boarding bridges in the U.S., JBT Corp. said.

Work began on a new terminal building in Wichita in October 2012. The terminal will have a wall of glass, tall ceilings, numerous skylights and a shape resembling that of an airplane’s swept wing.

Work on a new four-level parking garage is also underway.

“This is a great opportunity for the City of Wichita to showcase its airport with state-of-the-art glass boarding bridges,” Dave Burdakin, president of JBT AeroTech, a division of JBT Corp., said in a statement. “Jetway bridges are designed to accommodate various aesthetic configurations including steel, aluminum panels and glass. This will be a significant installation of the Jetway glass bridge design in the United States.”

The company plans to begin the installation of most of the equipment beginning in the last quarter of 2014.

The project is phased, it said. Most of the glass passenger boarding bridge gates will become operational in mid-February 2015 with the final few to be operational in January 2016.

The new terminal building is expected to open at the airport in March.

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