Investments in Regional Airports across Finland Continue: Airpro Procures New De-Icing Equipment from Textron GSE


Airpro and Textron GSE have agreed on the procurement of seven new de-icing trucks for aircraft ground handling between the years 2018 and 2020. The procurement is part of the largest equipment investment program in the history of Airpro.

Airpro and international ground handling service equipment manufacturer Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc. (Textron GSE) have signed a multi-million euro contract concerning the procurement of seven new de-icing trucks for Airpro in phases between the years 2018 and 2020. The equipment will be manufactured at Textron GSE’s factory in Sweden. The new de-icing trucks will be utilized in Airpro operations at Regional Airports across Finland to substitute current equipment and meet the demands of increasing traffic to Lapland. After the procurement in 2020, Airpro’s operative collection will include a total number of 30 de-icing trucks.

Procuring equipment from Textron GSE is part of the largest ground handling service equipment investment program in the history of Airpro. Motivated by energy and emission efficiency, Airpro renewed its equipment strategy in 2014 and based it on the notion of product life cycle.

”The functionality of ground handling service equipment is essential in providing high-quality, safe and profitable ground handling services. Most of our current equipment function mechanically with very little strain on the environment. Regarding our operations, it is important for us to advance investments that align with sustainable development. The new de-icing trucks operate by mixing fluids with water which, when compared to previous equipment, will decrease the consumption of de-icing fluids by almost half. Thus, Textron GSE equipment suit our needs at Finnish regional airports from Turku Airport to Ivalo Airport”, says Airpro Managing Director Janne Hattula.

For additional information: Janne Hattula, Airpro Managing Director

About Airpro
Airpro provides ground handling and passenger services at airports across Finland. Our customers include airlines and airports whose passengers we offer expert and full-range services. We employ 1,450 competent service professionals whom we are proud of. Established in 1994, Airpro is part of Finavia Corporation.

About Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc.
Textron Ground Support Equipment Inc. is a leading global provider of ground support equipment and service under the TUG™, Douglas™, Premier™, and Safeaero™ brands. Textron GSE offers a full product lineup of conventional and towbarless pushbacks, baggage tractors, tow tractors, belt loaders, single and dual operation deicers, ground power units, air starts, and air conditioning units. These products are built in world-class manufacturing facilities around the world, from Kennesaw, Ga., Marinette, Wis., Trelleborg, Sweden; and Wuxi, China, in addition to 20 airport service locations across the world. Textron GSE is a subsidiary of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.

About Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc. company, is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, snowmobiles, side-by-sides, all-terrain vehicles, professional turf-care equipment, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Arctic Cat®, Textron Off Road™, Jacobsen®, Dixie Chopper®, Ransomes®, TUG™, Douglas™, Premier™ and Safeaero™ brands. Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information, visit

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