JetBlue Deploys All-Electric Fleet of Ground Service Equipment at JFK

By Paul Riegler on 26 September 2019
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IMG_8285JetBlue Airways said Thursday it would deploy baggage tractors and belt loaders powered by electricity at its hub at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.

The airline said its fleet of electric ground service equipment will be the largest of any carrier at JFK. It further said that the new equipment will cut four million pounds (1,700 metric tons) of greenhouse gas emissions per year.  It will also save the airline approximately $500,000 per year in ground fuel costs.

The changeover “will help with operational efficiencies including safer and quieter equipment for our ground operations crewmembers,” said Joanna Geraghty, the airline’s COO.

To power the new equipment, JetBlue installed 38 charging hubs at its gates at Terminal 5 at the airport. The hubs were paid for by Port Authority of New York and New Jersey through a $4 million Voluntary Airport Low Emissions Program grant.

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