Stronger, lighter, smoother, safer

Stronger, lighter, smoother, safer

Stronger, lighter, smoother, safer

The bridging ramp is an important piece of equipment in airline catering. It is used to bridge the gap between the platform of the catering truck and the floor of the aircraft so the catering carts can be pushed across. If a bridging ramp is buckled, split, twisted or damaged, the chance of catering carts or equipment falling from the truck from several meters height is greatly increased. Cart wheels can become jammed and accidents happen because of this.

In Sydney, gategroup has just taken delivery of the first six composite bridging ramps to help reduce this risk. The ramps have been designed over many months in close collaboration with composite aircraft engineers. They are made from fiberglass and Kevlar and have been reinforced to the optimal weight to reduce any accidental movement. The new ramps are certified to a load capacity of 350kg and are safer to use on composite aircraft like the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350 than the traditional metal ramps. Soon two more versions of the ramp will be introduced: one for smaller aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and one for the Airbus A380.

gategroup takes the concept of safely working at heights very seriously. Feedback provided by operators and customers indicates that this new bridging ramp is the best solution that is currently available.