January 2011 saw the official launch of Aviramp, the world's first portable jet bridge system, designed with gentle slopes to provide access for all passengers.
The launch day was held at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton where representatives from airlines, airports, ground handling companies and press worldwide attended, to get a glimpse of the first Aviramp before it went into service with EasyJet at Bristol International Airport.
The Aviramp team made introductions, gave an in-depth presentation on the development of Aviramp and invited key note speaker, Sir William Lawrence (Chairman, Tourism for All) to retell his own air-travel experiences and problems that have occurred to him as a disabled passenger. Sir William went on to share his thoughts on how Aviramp can assist and eliminate the issues faced by those passengers with reduced mobility, when travelling to and from airports. Guests were then free to explore the RAF Museum at their leisure and enjoy lunch and entertainment from SimplyJazz.
Overall, the launch day was a huge success and attracted both international and regional press who wanted to provide full coverage of the event. Many from within the industry expressed the feeling that both Aviramp and the launch day far exceeded expectations. As a result, we received numerous letters of congratulations from key industry personnel, who we have since developed strong business relations and hope to continue to do so.
Please see our Press Talk link for an independent review of Aviramp.
EasyJet's Head of Ground Operations, Karen Cox, said in a press release soon after: "We are delighted to be the first airline in the world to trial Aviramp, innovation is at the heart of our business and we are always pleased to find new opportunities to improve the passenger experience at Airports, particularly for those with reduced mobility."
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Aviramp® is a registered trademark. International Patents Pending PCT/GB2011/050514 & GCC17974/2011