ARINC launches passenger systems at India’s largest airport terminal

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Delhi, Aug.13 (ANI-Business Wire India): ARINC Incorporated has successfully cut over and launched the passenger technology for India’s largest airport terminal-the newly constructed Terminal 3 (T3) at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA), New Delhi.

T3 welcomed its first international flights on July 14 from Air India’s Boeing 777 and Emirates’ Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. International operations were cut over smoothly from existing Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 on July 28, and preparations for full service carriers to start domestic operations are under way.

T3 is poised to serve huge numbers of international visitors for the highly anticipated 2010 Commonwealth Games, scheduled later this year. ARINC completed a similar project last year, installing passenger systems for IGIA’s domestic Terminal 1D.

The T3 project is massive, involving deployment of more than 550 ARINC vMUSETM passenger check-ins and ARINC’s BagLinkTM Baggage Messaging. ARINC also worked in partnership with Quantum Aviation Solutions to install 90 hand-held scanners for the automated baggage reconciliation system (BRS) that will handle 12,800 pieces of baggage per hour. Network connectivity across the airlines’ DCS hosts and back offices is provided by ARINC’s AviNet(r) Airport technology.

To enhance security, ARINC has deployed its new VeriPaxSM service at T3-the first implementation of VeriPax at an Indian airport. Security agencies use VeriPax to automatically validate boarding passes against the airport’s operational database, to prevent fraudulent passengers from entering the secure hold area.

Mr. I. Prabhakara Rao, Chief Executive Officer (Airport Development) of Delhi International Airport (P) Ltd. (DIAL), said “Passenger Delight has always been one single goal for us at DIAL, and I strongly believe that we will achieve that with the opening of T3. We have worked very closely with ARINC to implement the best ideas and solutions in the industry.”

Jim L. Martin, Managing Director of ARINC’s Asia Pacific Division, said “Our projects at New Delhi IGIA Terminals 1D and 3 are testament to the confidence DIAL has placed in ARINC to manage all their passenger technology needs. We will continue to support DIAL, with a team dedicated to growing the airport into a major hub in the region. We also look forward to future opportunities to support the growth of aviation in India.”

Delhi International Airport (P) Limited (DIAL) is a consortium led by GMR Group and comprised of Airports Authority of India, Fraport AG, Eraman Malaysia, and India Development Fund. DIAL has been given the mandate to operate, maintain, develop, design, construct, finance, upgrade, and modernize Indira Gandhi International Airport until 2036. Terminal 3 is an integrated passenger terminal complex designed to handle 37 million passengers per year, and it will help handle the influx of visitors for the Commonwealth Games scheduled in Delhi in October.

ARINC Incorporated, a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group, provides communications, engineering and integration solutions for commercial, defense and government customers worldwide.

Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, with regional headquarters in London and Singapore, ARINC is ISO 9001:2008 certified. For more information, visit the web site at (ANI)

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