Catering to some 150 airline companies, offering 350 destinations to up to 90 million passengers a year, the new Istanbul Grand Airport in Turkey will become the largest airport in the world by 2018. As part of its construction that began in June 2014, Authorised Genie Distributors in Turkey Borusan Makina ve Güç Sistemleri delivered eight Genie ZX-135/70 diesel-powered articulating boom lifts to specialized steel construction contractor Aksal Çelik this October. The machines will serve to help install the roofing structure of the new airport’s four terminals.
Prior to their two-year mission at the airport jobsite, all eight Genie ZX-135/70 units were handed over to Aksal Çelik at a location 10 km away where they are currently serving to support their owners in the erection of a temporary steel plant to manufacture the roof’s components.
Offering a maximum working height of 43.15 m, a maximum horizontal reach of 21.26 m, an up-and-over clearance of up to 23.01 m and a below ground reach of 5.87 m, these Genie booms came equipped with on-board generators to power welding equipment and other tools.
“Besides an excellent reputation for reliability, our customer chose the Genie ZX-135/70 boom lift for its impressive working envelope and below grade abilities ̶ the equivalent of which they were unable to find in similar units by other brands,” says Harun Sit, Genie Product & Marketing Supervisor at Borusan Makina ve Güç Sistemleri. “When they analysed the machine’s load chart and telescoping and rotating capabilities of its JibExtend™, they felt confident that the Genie ZX-135/70 lift would be ideal for this long-term, high-precision task.”
A full product, training and service package
On a job where work is being handled by multiple sub-contractors and where Aksal’s operators will be working in conjunction with rough terrain cranes, “Exceeding our end-customers’ expectations at the delivery of a project is our main goal,” says Yusuf Kenan Ceylan, Deputy General Manager, Aksal Çelik. “In addition to productivity, safety is a key focus for our company, which is why we also asked Borusan to provide operator training as part of our order.”
Other specifications that came as part of the purchase included the on-site presence of Borusan technicians specialized in Genie equipment to support day-to-day service and maintenance requirements throughout the duration of the machines’ two-year mission.