Ground support and materials handling equipment providers, Rushlift, has supplied a new fleet of equipment for Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) at Manchester Airport.
Over £2.8m worth of equipment was needed in less than two months, and involved over 110 units of varied specialist ground support equipment that would typically take at least three times that long to source.
Rushlift's Brian Grady says the ability to respond quickly was a key component of the deal. "Ground support means having the right equipment at the right location and to be able to respond to the demands of an industry that has severe penalties for delays," says Brian.
"From our first conversation to the first delivery took just eight weeks. In that time we dealt with over a dozen different suppliers to get their best possible production times and ensure the equipment was delivered on time."
WFS is already familiar with the Rushlift's approach, having relied on the MHE side of the business to provide support at their Heathrow operation.
"The attraction of going with Rushlift GSE," adds Gary Jenkins of WFS, "was their understanding of our business aims. From our perspective, we needed equipment fast, but we also needed it to be capable and reliable. Our experience with them to date had given us an insight into their business ethos and we were delighted with the way they rose to the challenge."
The skills of Rushlift's sister-company, Specialist Crane Hire, were also brought to bear with the delivery of a Trepel wide body pallet & container high loader. The loader made the long journey from Wiesbaden, near Frankfurt, to Manchester where it was carefully off-loaded using the latest mobile crane equipment.
"As a full service rental, maintenance and asset management business, we maintain and manage a wide variety of equipment," adds Rushlift executive chairman, Peter Cosgrove.
"Our GSE operation follows similar business rhythms as our existing businesses, meaning we bring a wealth of experience and expertise to a sector that has yearned for modernisation. By responding quickly and professionally, we gave WFS the confidence they needed to move forward with their ambitious plans."
"Whatever the equipment, whatever the circumstances, our priorities remain the same," adds Brian Grady, "a safe and timely aircraft departure."
"With thousands of individual items, hundreds of equipment types and dozens of manufacturers in their product portfolio, chances are, if it's meant to move, Rushlift are already keeping it moving. We do not restrict our thinking when it comes to what is and isn't considered GSE. We are driven by our customers' needs and we will source any equipment necessary to get the job done."
Since the company's founding in 1983, WFS has established itself as a leader throughout the aviation community, by providing a broad array of quality and reliable Ground Services, and now services over 120 of the world's major airports