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Airlines anticipating large expenditures for ground support equipment. (air line survey) (illustration)

Airlines anticipating large expenditures for ground support equipment

It takes an amazing number of pieces of ground support equipment to get the world's airline fleet into the air each day, Air Transport World's latest GSE survey demonstrates.

The 40 airlines listing their ground support equipment inventories in response to the survey own a grand total of 30,835 items ranging from tow tractors costing $100,000 or more to $1,000 baggage carts. The 33 carriers providing dollar figures have some $206.9 million invested in their GSE.

In the next five years, 28 airlines reported they plan to spend another $104.5 million on 5,913 new GSE items.

ATW also asked the the airlines what improvements they would like to see in present ground support equipment and what new items they would like to see suppliers offer in the future. …

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