TCR Signs Full Service Rental Contract with GH Italia

GH Italia, the Italian ground handler, takes a trendsetter’s position by upgrading its GSE fleet through leasing with TCR. By doing this, GH Italia makes possible the rapid renewal of most of the fleet at the three airports, optimizes their GSE operations and prepares for future growth. On top of this, part of the equipment bears an anti-collision system to prevent damage to aircraft during handling operations and therefore increases safety. By doing this, GH wants to give an optimal service to local airlines and airport authorities by providing operations with safe GSE which complies with IATA AHM 903. Furthermore, GH and TCR are also taking a “green” approach to this contract, by introducing electric stairs and conveyor belts, as well as motorized equipment with the latest eco-friendly Euro 6 diesel engines.

The leasing concept proposed by TCR, enables GH Italia to invest massively in the new equipment in the three stations. Once fully up and running, the concept may be extended to other stations across GH’ Italian network.

“GH Italia has chosen TCR, as a trustworthy business partner able to supply a fleet of over 200 units of ground support equipment rapidly and reliably. GH Italia will retain for the time being some of their previous GSE units. Naples and Venice will be supplied first, and Bologna will follow later. More specifically, GH will rent, at each of the three airports, 38 new GSE units (stairs, GPUs, CVBs) and 31 units from TCR’s existing fleet (EBT’s diesel tractors, push back tractors, ASU, WSU, TSU).This partnership is part of a renewal process which will make the equipment more environmentally friendly and safer for staff and customers alike. The project will be completed by a direct purchase of additional and strategic major GSE equipment (such as new busses, cargo loaders, etc.) from manufacturers by the end of 2020. This process will enable GH Italia to completely renew most of its equipment and consistently reduce the impact on the environment,” says Paolo Zincone chairman/CEO of GH Italia.

“We are very pleased about this agreement as it is a very important step for TCR Italia, not simply for the size of the deal, but because it shows TCR’s ability to deliver tailor made and complex solutions in today’s Italian handling market,” adds François Peeters General Manager TCR Italia.

Founded in 1956, Alisud/GH Group (which has seen a constant growth, year after year for the last 20 consecutive years) is today operating in 18 airports in Italy and UK. With its 3,800 strong workforce, GH handles more than 350,000 movements/year, with a turnover in excess of 170 Mio/€.

TCR Italia is headquartered in Fiumicino and also has offices in Malpensa. The company currently leases 258 motorized and 120 non-motorized at 8 airports (TRN, MXP, LIN, VCE, BLQ, FCO, NAP and SUF). TCR Italia manages workshops in FCO and MXP and working areas in LIN and VCE. TCR Italia is the Italian affiliate of TCR Group, the leading GSE rental company active in over 100 airports through 16 countries worldwide which owns a total fleet of about 26,000 units of GSE.

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