Brucie bonus for Manchester Airport with Mercedes-Benz Arocs27 April 2018

Manchester Airport has taken delivery of two specialist Mercedes-Benz Arocs to de-ice the runways. Both vehicles have been named by the airport’s engineering team: one after a former colleague, ‘Clouey’; the other ‘Sir Bruce Thaws Ice’, after the entertainer.

Supplied by dealer Rygor Commercials, the new additions are 26-tonne, 6x4 Arocs 2632 models with ClassicSpace cabs. Their 7.7-litre straight-six engines generate 316bhp and drive through PowerShift 3 automated transmissions.

Bodybuilder Aebi Schmidt UK, of Peterborough, fitted each with its Airport Sprayer (ASP) 30m extendable side and rear spray booms, pumping equipment and modular polyethylene fluid tanks.

With its side booms fully extended, each truck can spray de-icing solution across a 30-metre span, while travelling at speeds of up to 45kph. The truck carries 12,500 litres of fluid, and the precise dosage and spraying width is controlled from the cab.

“These new trucks have already played a vital part in keeping our runways open through some challenging conditions, and have greatly impressed the teams who work with them,” says Jay Harding, senior airport engineer.

“The cabs are comfortable and well designed, while the controls for the spraying and pumping equipment integrate seamlessly with the vehicles’ own electronics.”

Laura Cork

Related Companies
Aebi Schmidt UK Ltd
Mercedes-Benz UK Ltd

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