Testing brings first aircraft to international terminal
ATLANTA — Although construction of the Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal is not quite complete, testing of major systems is under way. Airport officials recently completed plane-fit testing at each of 12 new gates.
Plane-fit testing ensures that the boarding bridges used by passengers are working properly and that each aircraft type can be accommodated at each gate.
“We want to make certain all systems are checked, rechecked and ready to go before we start operations,” said Louis Miller, Airport general manager. “Our goal is to make opening day as seamless as possible for our passengers.”
The testing was done in two phases. The first session was held in mid-December and covered odd-numbered gates. Even-numbered gates were tested January 11 and 12. Officials from Delta Air Lines, Aircraft Service International Group and others worked with construction managers and Airport representatives to complete the testing.
Systems and functions tested included electrical power and water connections, boarding bridge doors, air conditioning capabilities and fueling access, and baggage-belt loader and container loader positioning.
In all, 11 aircraft types were tested at each gate on Concourse F. A highlight of the testing was the inclusion of a Boeing 747-400 operated by Delta Air Lines.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Hartsfield-Jackson is the world’s busiest airport, serving more than 89 million passengers annually with nonstop service to more than 150 U.S. destinations and nearly 80 international destinations in more than 50 countries. The Airport is a frequent recipient of awards of excellence for concessions, operations, architectural engineering and construction - including the 2011 Global and North American Airport Efficiency Excellence Award from the Air Transport Research Society (for more information, go to www.atrsworld.org).
It is undergoing $6 billion-plus in capital improvements, which include a new, energy-efficient rental car center; a new, 12-gate international terminal (for more information, go to
www.atlanta-airport.com/internationalterminal/;and aesthetic and functional upgrades to its concourses, people movers and parking services. For more information, go to www.atlanta-airport.com. Check out the Airport’s YouTube
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