International ground handling and cargo specialist, Menzies Aviation, has boosted its capabilities at Australia’s largest airport, taking delivery of a new Bliss-Fox F1-500 aircraft tow tractor at Sydney Airport. The Australian-designed, 54-tonne pushback and towing tractor is purpose-built to cope with aircraft up to A340 and B747
Menzies boosts Sydney ground handling fleet with Bliss-Fox ‘super’ tow tractor
International ground handling and cargo specialist, Menzies Aviation, has boosted its capabilities at Australia’s largest airport, taking delivery of a new Bliss-Fox F1-500 aircraft tow tractor at Sydney Airport.
The Australian-designed, 54-tonne pushback and towing tractor is purpose-built to cope with aircraft up to A340 and B747 and can be easily upgraded to 70-tonne capability to handle A380s – a feature that was a major attraction to Menzies’ General Manager - Sydney, Mark Campbell.
“That was important to us. The 54-tonne configuration can cope with our current requirements, but if down the track our clients bring in A380s we can easily and quickly upgrade it,” he said.
The 54-tonne Bliss-Fox F1-500 transforms to 70-tonne capability with drop-in ballast. It boasts up to 450 kW (600 hp) of engine power and 2500 Nm (1850 ft/lbs) of torque - the highest in its class - as well as draw bar pull capacity of up to 59,500 kg (130,900 lbs).
Menzies Aviation has in recent years cemented its place as a major player in the Australian aviation industry. With ground handling operations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, as well as cargo facilities in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, the company boasts an impressive client list that includes British Airways, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, Thai Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
Mr Campbell said the factors that swayed his company to choose Bliss-Fox for its latest and biggest tow tractor acquisition included reliability, ergonomics and local service support.
“We already have a Bliss-Fox F1-450 in our Sydney ground handling fleet that’s performed magnificently.
It’s probably our favourite and most used tug,” he said.
“One of the things we like about the new F1-500 is driver comfort - the fact that it’s air conditioned and has a well laid-out cabin design.”
Mr Campbell said his company was also impressed with the responsiveness of Bliss-Fox and its capability to provide service and ongoing support.
Headquartered in south-western Sydney and with a manufacturing base in Thailand, Bliss-Fox is part of the diversified metals manufacturing conglomerate, Nepean Group.
Bliss-Fox has a reputation for quality and product reliability stretching back over 40 years, and today supplies a range of conventional tractors ranging from 9 to 70 tonnes, principally into Australia, the Pacific and Asia.
For more information, visit the Bliss-Fox website, www.blissfox.com
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