The New Terminal One at JFK Launches RFP for Electric Ground Service Equipment

The New Terminal One at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for the supply and operation of a fleet of all-electric ground service equipment (GSE).

This marks the first RFP launched for operations at the new international terminal, which is scheduled to open in 2026.

JFK Terminal 1
A rendering of the exterior of JFK’s New Terminal One

The New Terminal One is seeking a company to provide, manage and maintain its ground service equipment. The contract will last for five years with two renewal options of two years each. This totals a potential term of up to nine years.

To optimise efficiency, the ground service equipment will be pooled at a common-use terminal for all airlines. The equipment will include portable ground power units, mobile baggage conveyors, baggage carts, tugs and aircraft steps.

This fleet of all-electric ground service equipment will help contribute to the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey’s strategy for reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its airports by 2050.

The New Terminal One President and CEO Gerrard P. Bushell said:

“As The New Terminal One continues to advance, we are excited to begin to shape our operations with the launch of this first RFP. An all-electric fleet of ground service equipment underlines our strong commitment to operational efficiency, while reducing emissions and making air travel more sustainable.”

Once complete, the New Terminal One will be the largest terminal at JFK. It will have 23 gates across 2.4 million square feet of space.

The terminal’s first phase will include a headhouse and an initial 14 gates, scheduled to open in June 2026.

In line with the Port Authority’s Zero-Emission Airside Vehicle (ZEAV) rule, GSE charging will be available at all new gates.

The New Terminal One Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Simon Gandy said:

“Ground service equipment is an essential part of airport operations and will play an important role behind the scenes to ensure that our customers have a seamless experience when arriving and departing from our terminal. We look forward to partnering with our chosen provider to deliver world-class service at The New Terminal One when it opens, ensuring that every experience is an extraordinary moment to remember.”

Interested suppliers can contact The New Terminal One’s procurement team at [email protected] to request a copy of the RFP. Proposals are due on 22 April 2024, and The New Terminal One plans to select a vendor in the second quarter of 2024.

Vendors interested in submitting proposals should offer an all-electric solution with equipment that is currently available or will be available by January 2026.

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