The Boschung Group has announced the delivery of 22 airport de-icers to the new Beijing Daxing International Airport (BDIA).

BDIA, Beijing’s new airport, will reinforce China’s Capital air traffic supporting the existing Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), a long-standing customer of Boschung. Because both airports are managed by the same operating group, the experience with the existing Boschung maintenance fleet at the BCIA led to the decision to choose Boschung’s de-icing technology even though the Boschung bid was the highest in price.

The new Beijing Daxing International Airport (BDIA) will provide support to the already existing Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) and this will manage one of the busiest air traffic regions in the world. The new airport is intended to be the new aviation hub in China with an estimated passenger capacity of 45 million by 2021 and 72 million by 2025. With 700,000 square meters, BDIA’s main terminal will be the largest single airport concourse in the world with four runways on the day of the opening, and three additional runways launching later on.

The Beijing region is characterised by cold and dry winters with hot summers. Normally, there is little snowfall in Beijing, but more frequently appearing snow incidents during wintertime can suddenly lead to dangerous ice or snow situations. Boschung has been collaborating closely with BCIA on all key elements of the surface condition management of the airport such as its Ice Early Warning System, snow removal, de-icing along with fleets and data management for years now, which helps ensure the overall safety, cost-effectiveness in a sustainable manner. Today there is a Boschung fleet of 14 Jetbrooms, 11 airport De-Icers and 2 IMS spreaders operating at BCIA.

As both Beijing airports, BCIA and BDIA, are managed by the same operating group, Capital Airports Holding Company (CAH), a fully-owned entity of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), Boschung was able to bid a technology already proven on the Beijing airport

Today, six out of eleven de-icers operating at BCIA are already using the Boschung M2 de-icing technology. This de-icing technology distributes solid and liquid thawing agents in a very precise and consistent manner. Another important key factor is the 24/7 support service offered by Boschung’s subsidiary in Beijing which guarantees the fleet managers adapted support at all times.

The 22 new Boschung airport de-icer vehicle bodies consist of two SDA S5, fourteen SDA M2 and six SDA M2D5 vehicles, all mounted on Mercedes Benz chassis. The SDA S5 series (liquid de-icer) can be equipped with cascaded PE liquid tanks for the de-icing of particularly large areas. For the spraying of liquid thawing agents, the SDA S5 series uses a spraying block system that guarantees a much better accuracy with homogenous spraying patterns, regardless of the working speed.

The SDA S5 is also less prone to technical failures as each spraying block is equipped with tiny spray nozzles working independently. The SDA M2 is the traditional Boschung technology for the spreading of solid or liquid thawing agents and is equipped with a tandem spinner disc specifically designed for airport application to ensure the best spreading pattern of up to 24m wide.

The SDA M2D5 has been designed as a combination of the two previous series in one vehicle, is a multifunctional de-icer with the lateral distribution that was specially designed for the spreading of solid or liquid thawing agents or both mixed in customisable proportions.

This combination of several efficient Boschung spreading technologies will ensure the safety and efficiency of all runways and taxiways at BDIA in a sustainable way.