Automation specialist Vanderlande has signed a strategic baggage cooperative agreement (SBCA) with Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in Canada.
The SBCA will enable YVR to work with Vanderlande on the design and execution of baggage handling projects in order to reach the capacity, redundancy and flexibility required for future growth.
Vanderlande recently installed the new ‘backbone’ system at YVR that was designed to link all of the airport’s baggage halls. This project was one of many in support of the airport’s aim to become a world-class connecting hub, which includes improving transfer connectivity and reducing transfer times.
The backbone system features Vanderlande’s state-of-the-art individual carrier system technology Tubtrax, and the company’s high-level controls suite, Vibes.
Andrew Manship, executive vice president, airports, Vanderlande, said, “We’re proud of the history and partnership that exists between our two organizations. We have been involved in a number of significant projects over the past decade, and the SBCA highlights the fact that we will remain at Vancouver’s side by helping it to reach its business objectives.”
Craig Richmond, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority, said, “We are pleased to have this agreement in place with our long-standing partner, Vanderlande. Building on the success of our new high-speed backbone, this partnership provides the necessary long-term continuity for this key component of our baggage system. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with Vanderlande over this next five years with this SBCA.”
The SBCA sees the beginning of a new chapter of increased cooperation between Vanderlande and YVR and will remain in place until 2023.
Combined with the ongoing service support on site, YVR will remain fully prepared for both present and future demand. The timing of the signing also perfectly aligns with another milestone for Vanderlande, which is the 10th anniversary of its incorporation into the Canadian market.