Arconas unveils new airport seating product

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Arconas, which manufactures and distributes furniture for airports and passenger terminals has unveiled the release of its new product emBARq.

Offering a sleek design that combines a functional work surface with a charging station, emBARq requires no hard wiring. It can comfortably seat up to six people and the horizontal power source provides AC and USB charging. It also features convenient hooks for passengers to hang their belongings while working.

Made from a solid steel structure, the unit can be floor mounted through levelling glides and a wheelchair accessible counter heigh option is also available.

Providing passengers with the latest powering technology, such as wireless charging, emBARq will enhance the passenger experience with Arconas describing the seating solution as making transportation terminals more accessible and barrier free.

Sheltair marks milestone in $26m hangar and office expansion at Tampa Airport

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As part of a multimillion-dollar investment to serve the needs of private aviation customers travelling to or from Tampa International Airport in Florida, Sheltair has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of its construction of a new 100,000 sq. ft. hangar and office expansion at Tampa International Airport (TPA). The $26 million project aims to meet the growing needs of aircraft operators in the area, which Sheltair TPA’s award-winning FBO services will also support.

“As a third-generation family business committed to investing in our communities while focusing on meeting and exceeding the needs of the general aviation industry,” said Sheltair President Lisa Holland. “This new hangar development is testimony to that extraordinary commitment which will add 150 temporary full-time jobs while supporting a vibrant region of commerce and culture.”

The four new state-of-the-art hangars will range from 14,562 to 33,269 sq. ft. each with build-to-suit office spaces and the ability to accommodate large-cabin class size aircraft such as the G650 or Global 7500.

Tenants using the facility will also benefit from Sheltair’s state-of-the-art FBO featuring a 29-foot arrival canopy. The FBO also offers access to 24-hour US customs and executive boardrooms and is situated minutes from downtown Tampa and the Raymond James Stadium.

“The growth of general aviation and private aircraft operations has been one of the success stories of the past few years, even throughout the pandemic,” said Tampa Airport CEO, Joe Lopano. “Sheltair has been a wonderful partner in serving the sector of our business and we’re thrilled to welcome this major expansion, which we know will be nothing short of spectacular when it opens next year.

Bordeaux Airport inaugurates new pier

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As part of Bordeaux Airport’s modernisation plan, which is focused on service quality and environmental transition, its new pier, which was unveiled on 7 October, is the first High Environmental Quality (HEQ) facility at the French hub.

The fully transparent passageway links Hall A in Bordeaux Airport to its new international pier offering 3,000 m.sq. of new building, including 2,000 m.sq. of devoted passenger areas with four lounges offering panoramic views of aircraft taking off on the runway.

The new structure was designed with high-performance systems to ensure a comfortable indoor atmosphere, while boasting a distinctive and imposing façade of special glazing. Combining protection from solar over-heating and noise reduction, it provides a significant proportion of natural light, offset at nightfall or in cloudy weather by automatic variation in the LED lighting system.

The HEQ certification of the pier guarantees environmental and energy efficiency. Its annual energy use is 11% lower than that of an airport complying with the most recent thermal regulation. Regarding water use, it enables an annual saving of 1,000 m. sq. of drinking water, i.e. the equivalent of 200,000 lavatory flushes.

High-performance, environmentally friendly interior furnishings, including paint and suspended ceilings were chosen to emit as few pollutants as possible. Wood furnishings sourced from sustainably managed forests, and the linoleum flooring is composed of 90% fully natural and recyclable materials.

The new pier is one of several projects the airport is undertaking to enhance its service quality and strengthen the management of its environmental impacts. Despite the global health crisis the airport has pursed an active strategy for its environmental management with the goal of becoming a carbon neutral airport by 2030.

Header image: Bordeaux Airport’s new passenger pier ©@SA_ADBM

Five more airlines move into Manchester Airport’s revamped Terminal Two

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Having unveiled its new-look Terminal Two earlier this month with flights initially being operated by Jet.com, TUI and Singapore Airlines, Manchester Airport has now welcomed the next wave of airlines that will start flying from its new state-of-the-art terminal.

A selection of new shops, bars and restaurants have also opened their doors. Initially only a handful of units have opened in line with current passenger numbers. These include popular local brands in addition to well-known high street names including Pret-a-Manger and Costa Coffee. The remaining units will open as more airlines move across as passenger numbers increase.

Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways and Brussels Airlines all moved operations to the new terminal on Tuesday 20 July. As a new carrier at Manchester Airport, airBaltic started services to Riga in Latvia earlier this month and will move over to T2 on 21 July followed by Ethiopian on 22 July.

Having flown from Manchester Airport for more than 30 years Singapore Airlines will once again connect the North to the Far East and beyond through the excellent onward connectivity at Changi Airport.

More airlines are expected to move across to the terminal as summer progresses and international travel restrictions ease.

“Last week was such a huge and poignant milestone in Manchester Airport’s 83-year history as we opened our new Terminal Two extension,” says Karen Smart, Managing Director of Manchester Airport.

“As the government continues to cautiously lift the lid on international travel restrictions and gives more freedom to double vaccinated passengers, its great to see more of our airline partners resume services, increase frequencies and move across to their new home in Terminal Two.

“Not only will opening the new terminal help with our COVID-19 recovery, as passenger demand hopefully increases as more countries are added to the green list, but it will also give our customers the best experience as they jet off on their holidays.”