thyssenkrupp gains biggest passenger boarding bridges contract to date with 143 units for Istanbul New Airport


  • New bridges will be equipped with the airport industry’s most advanced components
  • The Istanbul New Airport is Turkey’s largest investment project today

thyssenkrupp is celebrating its latest success in the airport mobility sector, having secured a contract to deliver 143 Passenger Boarding Bridges (PBB) for the Istanbul New Airport. This contract -the largest in the company’s history and worth a double-digit million euro amount – will provide essential services to help improve efficiency and safety in passengers’ aircraft boarding and alighting routines.

thyssenkrupp will supply PBBs equipped with the industry’s most modern and advanced components, capable of providing significant improvement in airport efficiency by reducing turn-around time and optimizing gate management. The equipment will be designed and manufactured following the highest standards for state-of-the-art technology, such as the latest edition of the EN12312-4, the only PBB-specific global norm with special focus on passenger safety. Once the equipment is commissioned, thyssenkrupp will also be in charge of all key maintenance tasks, with highly specialized staff working to ensure the optimal performance of the PBBs, essential for the successful and efficient operation of the Istanbul New Airport.

Construction of the Istanbul New Airport is due for completion in 2018, and reflects the urgent need for improved airport facilities to accommodate growing global demand in air travel. The airport is recognized as the Turkish Republic’s biggest ever investment, estimated at more than €22 billion. It is also planned as the largest airport in the world, with the capacity to host an average of 200 million passengers each year.

Alexander Pfurr, CEO of thyssenkrupp Airport Systems, part of thyssenkrupp Elevator, commented: “We are delighted to be involved in this iconic project that will greatly improve airport capacity in Turkey. When open, the new airport will meet the travel requirements for generations to come, whilst also positively affecting Turkey’s economy. It’s an exciting venture and we look forward to contributing our expertise to make it a success.”

Yusuf Akçayoğlu, CEO of İGA, said: “thyssenkrupp Airport Systems has vast experience in airport solutions. Its boarding bridges are renowned for their reliability, efficiency and high standards in manufacturing. We have considered our investment carefully and are convinced to have the best possible partner on board. We believe that Istanbul New Airport which will be the world’s new air transport hub in the first quarter of 2018, will serve high-tech and innovative experience to passengers with thyssenkrupp Airport Systems.”

thyssenkrupp is the global leader in manufacturing passenger boarding bridges, its solutions are installed at several major airports worldwide, including San Francisco, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai and Hong Kong. For the Istanbul New Airport, the required experience for successfully coordinating multiple disciplines and sub-contractors in a multicultural environment has been of paramount importance. In this regard, thyssenkrupp’s teams are highly specialized in the various aspects of projects such as these, right from the sales starting point, financial aspects, engineering, manufacturing, logistics, and onsite installation, up to the final testing and commissioning. They have already successfully delivered on similar projects in Doha, Abu Dhabi and Jeddah, to name just a few of the company’s large-scale projects in the airport world.

About us:

thyssenkrupp Elevator
thyssenkrupp Elevator brings together the Group’s global activities in passenger transportation systems. With sales of 7.2 billion euros in fiscal 2014/2015 and customers in 150 countries, thyssenkrupp Elevator built its position as one of the world’s leading elevator companies from scratch in a mere 40 years’ time applying thyssenkrupp unique engineering capabilities. With more than 50,000 highly skilled employees, the company offers smart and innovative products and services designed to meet customers’ individual requirements. The portfolio includes passenger and freight elevators, escalators and moving walks, passenger boarding bridges, stair and platform lifts as well as tailored service solutions for all products. Over 900 locations around the world provide an extensive sales and service network to guarantee closeness to customers.

thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and services businesses. Around 155,000 employees in nearly 80 countries work with passion and technological expertise to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2014/2015 thyssenkrupp generated sales of around €43 billion.

Together with our customers we develop competitive solutions for the challenges of the future in the areas Mechanical, Plant and Materials. With our engineering expertise we enable our customers to gain an edge in the global market and manufacture innovative products in a cost- and resource-friendly way. For us, technical progress and innovations, allied with the combined strength of the Group, are key factors enabling us to meet current and future customer and market requirements around the world, grow on the markets of the future, and generate strong and stable earnings, cash flows and value growth.