New Barrier-Free Boarding Bridge at Haneda's New International Terminal

New Barrier-Free Boarding Bridge at Haneda's New International Terminal

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Transport Equipment Engineering and Service (TES), a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries based in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, announced on November 6 that it has taken an order for twenty-one barrier-free passenger boarding bridges (PBBs) for Tokyo International Airport Terminal, Haneda Airport’s new international passenger terminal.

A PBB is a moveable bridge that connects a parked passenger plane with an airport building. In conventional models -whose whole bodies extend and contract- the floors of the tunnels are built at different levels, and issues such as the comfort of using gangplanks have remained. TES has eliminated the difference in floor levels by installing an original mechanism and has also gotten rid of rain gutters in the tunnel in the barrier-free PBB the company developed this spring. The company says it has implemented "a barrier-free space so that passengers can board and get off smoothly."

The barrier-free PBBs to be installed at the terminal will be the world's first, and will be available for use in October 2010, when the building is planned to open.

The purchase order includes PBBs that can reach the second deck of the Airbus A380, the world’s first completely double-deck passenger aircraft.