Equipment testing at $750m Queen Alia terminal

Airport International Group says tests successful at Jordanian airport

Queen Alia International will be oeprational at end 2012.
Queen Alia International will be oeprational at end 2012.

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Airport International Group (AIG), the Jordanian consortium responsible for the rehabilitation, expansion, and operation of the Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), has conducted a number of successful tests on equipment necessary to receive aircraft at its new $750m terminal.

The integrated aircraft stand equipment (ASE) test took place from 26 to 29 April, with relevant partners and stakeholders, including a representative from the Ministry of Transport, in attendance, the company said in a statement.

Royal Falcon Airlines participated in the exercise, providing a test aircraft to allow airport officials to simulate the landing and docking of a real passenger carrier.

The test consisted of five separate elements necessary to safely and smoothly position an aircraft in the docking position. The exercise started with the test of the visual guidance docking system.

While also in the docking position, the ground power units were connected with the aircraft to check the system's ability to monitor and resupply electrical power levels.

Another diagnostic computerised system, the integrated aircraft stand system, was connected to the aircraft as well to give technicians a full evaluation of the aircraft's electronic and mechanical systems.

While the aircraft is docked and passengers are debarking and subsequently boarding, it is necessary to provide freshly-circulating air to ensure the comfort of the crew and travelers.

Thus the pre-conditioned air unit was tested, with the system successfully providing hot or cold air to the aircraft as demanded.

This exercise is part of a series of tests involving AIG and its partners to ensure the readiness of the new terminal as preparations continue for its opening.

AIG's investment of $750m to build the new terminal, in addition to $100m spent on rehabilitating the terminals currently in use, is intended to develop QAIA as a regional niche hub.

This national landmark is in advanced stages of construction, with operational readiness expected to be reached at the end of 2012.

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