Rushlift GSE, the specialist airport ground support equipment subsidiary of Doosan Industrial Vehicles UK, has announced plans to invest £2.2 million in its national short-term rental fleet over 2019/20.
The investment represents the largest short-term rental equipment spend for the company to date and will expand Rushlift GSE’s short-term rental fleet to over 500 units. The entire fleet is less than four years old and is available for short or long-term hire.
Along with a significant boost to the number of Charlatte and TLD electric baggage tugs for hire, the investment will: Increase availability of air-start units for both narrow and wide-bodied aircraft, enhance the range of pushback tugs in the fleet and add to the wide number of trailers and baggage carts on standby for short-term rental. Numbers of both electric and diesel powered belt-loaders and high-loaders will also be significantly increased.
Unusual for the UK short-term rental market, Rushlift GSE will be introducing combi air-conditioning/ground power units that have the combined capability of cooling, heating or powering narrow-bodied aircraft on the ground.
Tim Willett, Operations Director at Rushlift GSE, said: “This is a substantial investment into our short-term rental fleet, one which demonstrates to the market our commitment to providing customers with the most up-to-date vehicles available, across the broadest possible range of ground support equipment.”
He continues: “Busy airlines often have unexpected peaks in demand, where ground support equipment may be needed at short notice to cope with the challenge, or it may be that it just doesn’t make sense to have a large dedicated fleet all year around. Our extensive and growing pool of reliable, well-maintained vehicles can be rented on a flexible basis, which helps airlines reduce exposure to both operational and financial risk. And if the need becomes more long-term, then contract terms can be adapted as required.”
All Rushlift GSE short-term rental vehicles can be supplied at short notice to airport locations across the UK and are delivered to site fully serviced – with backup and support provided by an award winning team of highly trained engineers.