"The airport is an exciting environment, and differs from other operating areas in many different ways!”
The airport security zone
In addition, airside operations are for the most part highly urgent. With the airport working to 99 % capacity and around 500,000 take-offs and landings a year, any delay in operations can be vastly expensive for the airlines or the service provider involved. Any breakdowns or downtime on the service vehicles responsible for loading, supplying and moving the aircraft therefore have to be avoided at all costs. As a reliable partner to these ground handling companies, HANSA‑FLEX is well-equipped for such emergency operations. The airport branch at Heathrow is located in the immediate vicinity of the security perimeter, which enables fast access to all operating locations on the airport site. Branch Manager Mark Bristow and his service technicians have the necessary airside passes, and their Rapid Hydraulic Service vehicles can reach the relevant operational area within a matter of minutes.
Special vehicles with a lot of hydraulics
Airside operations represent around one third of the jobs carried out by the HANSA‑FLEX Heathrow branch. Maintenance operations which can be scheduled in advance can generally be implemented landside. For example, Mark Bristow and his team recently fitted all 20 catering trucks of an international catering company with new hoses. In the process all hose lines were provided with the unique X-CODE, a service with which HANSA‑FLEX sets new benchmarks in the UK in terms of hose management. Additional maintenance and repair work to the massive lifting and support cylinders of the impressive scissor-lift vehicles can be implemented at the nearby HANSA‑FLEX cylinder repair shop.