Reduce Ambulift Overhead
For passengers with reduced mobility and those confined to a wheelchair, Aviramp offers a new and dignified method of boarding aircraft. In particular, providing the opportunity for these people to board with their families and all other passengers and the ability to stay in their own wheelchairs from car park to aircraft, instead of being separated and treated differently.
The UK CAA carried out a survey amongst PRM passengers in 2009 and one of the main conclusions was that PRM's did not want to be treated differently while boarding and disembarking aircraft. The report can be seen here CAA report on the requirements of PRM's boarding aircraft see page 3.2.4 and the bar chart
Here is a short video of Aviramp launch day UK television highlights at RAF Cosford iin January 2011- it shows 72 year old Brian demonstrating the gentle slopes of the unit by wheeling himself up and down in a wheelchair .
Passengers are more confident walking straight up a ramp rather than climbing steep stairs
Passenger feedback has been excellent, with most finding the boarding experience a pleasure to use rather than a stressful ordeal with the mountainous climb up stairs or the problems associated with high lifts.
This passenger confidence also allows ' much ' quicker boarding, hence quicker turnarounds, hence a more efficient airport which in turn gives the airlines confidence and hopefully attract more traffic.
Parents carrying small children in their arms have virtually no risk of tripping and falling
Generally, many passengers feel intimidated by the steep climb or decent of traditional air-stairs and now thanks to Aviramp, they can feel secure and board aircraft with confidence that in turn, speeds up the boarding process.
Release locked capital in expensive PRM equipment
Aviramp's costs are similar to those of traditional air-stairs and the ramps are also suitable for alternative uses, such as loading catering bars on-board, which are easily manoeuvred up and down an Aviramp in compliance with health and safety guidelines.
One man operational capability
Cost savings due to one man operation capability (see video here )
For the cost of one Ambulift it is possible to have a Jet Bridge on every stand and still save money
One point of loading passengers
Less chance of Aircraft Damage
General feedback from ground handlers and airports
Decreased passenger flow times
Decreased passenger flow times when boarding and disembarking has its obvious benfits when speedy turnaround times are essential. Official trials show Aviramp can decrease this time by up to 40%
This is due to many reasons including :
PAX who are intimidated by the steepness of stairs can walk free and easy in a comfortable solid walkway
PAX do not have to stop at the bottom of stairs to fold luggage handles etc
PAX are not held up by children or people carrying children
Documented trials carried out by Easyjet using Aviramp on one stand and comparing it to stairs and Ambulift on the next stand resulted in the following
On a full flight time savings of over 10 minutes on passenger flow can be made.
In general passengers have given Aviramp a very positive response, even down to the very first day of trials in early 2011 and the very first passenger to use an Aviramp on an arrival aircraft. The lady was a PRM and the airport had arranged Ambulift. She commented " on seeing the ramp I did not require the lift so told them to send it back " she walked happily down the ramp.
The very first passenger on the outbound flight that day was a PRM lady who had a wheelchair waiting to assist her up the ramp. Again she commented " I do not need a wheelchair I can walk up this ramp " and she and her husband boarded the aircraft with dignity.
Delays and cancellations
Aviramp jet bridge can be readily available on any stand, therefore alleviating the need for Ambulifts which could be being used elsewhere. This in turn ensures on target performace ( OTP ) is enhanced dramatically particularly as it also enhances passenger flow time.
In turn this will virtully elliminate delays through PRM boarding and disembarkation and also virtually eliminates the chance of cancellations due to pilots running out of hours through PRM delays.
Staff and crew who have used aviramp have commented as follows:
"...it appears passengers board quicker using Aviramp. This is possibly due to hand baggage being easily wheeled or carried up the ramp rather than having to place luggage down on the floor to fold away handles or struggle up stairs. Passengers have also been boarding quicker because they feel more secure walking up the ramp, as opposed to hesitantly climbing steep air-stairs."
The captain of a flight arrival in Liverpool commeted to our CEO and the handling agent :
"... congratulations on the design of this piece of equipment. The crew just commented on how quickly the passengers disembarked"
This is just a few of the benefits associated with Aviramp.
Aviramp® is a registered trademark. International Patent Pending nos. PCT/GB2011/050514 & GCC 17974/2011