Testing brings first aircraft to international terminal
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.
A plane pulls up to a gate at Concourse F during plane-fit testing.
The testing was to ensure that all gates will accommodate all plane types.
The plane-fit testing took place in two phases. The odd-numbered gates were tested in December, and the even-numbered gates were checked in January.
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