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Wed Jul 14, 2004 8:15 pm



Beirut International Airport gets CUTE with SITA

SITA to deploy advanced technology to help Beirut manage future growth

Taking Beirut International Airport's improvement program even further, the Lebanese Directorate General of Civil Aviation has today signed a five-year agreement with SITA INC (Information Network Computing). Valued at US$4 million, the contract covers the delivery of advanced technology systems designed to maximize the efficiency of the airport's existing check-in and passenger handling infrastructure.

Under the agreement for the installation and management of its services, SITA will integrate the airport's existing Flight Information System with its Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE®) check-in service and Passenger Handler (common language facility) application.

The CUTE platform, which enables every airport check-in desk to be linked to any airline departure control system, will operate at 84 check-in desks and workstations and 23 boarding gates in the East & West wings of Beirut International Airport. SITA's Java-based and Internet-Protocol (IP) enabled CUTE environment helps increase operational effectiveness by up to 25 per cent while reducing passenger queues.


The rest of the article can be viewed here:
http://www.sita.com/index.asp?activeDir=/home/News_Centre/Press_releases/Press_releases_-_2004/&activeFile=Beirut_International_Airport_gets_CUTE_with_SITA.html

Here are other articles:
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=1&categ_id=3&article_id=6228
http://www.ameinfo.com/news/Detailed/42639.html
http://www.itp.net/business/news/details.php?id=12483

Information on the CUTE system can be found here:
http://www.sita.com/index.asp?activeDir=/Home/Industries/Airports/Infrastructure_Services/CUTE



Beirut International Airport underwent a 10-year renovation program starting in 1994 which involved the construction of two brand new runways, the construction of a brand new modern 23 gate terminal replacing the old terminal, the renovation of many airport buildings, and the construction of new airport buildings.

Beirut International Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the Middle East.

When the terminal was finally completed in 2002, the terminal can now handle 6 million passengers. In 2003, the airport handled 2.84 million passengers and this year they are expecting a little above 3 million passengers finally breaking the 50% capacity mark.

The CUTE system will also help the airport's two ground handlers Middle East Airlines Ground Handling (MEAG) and Lebanese Air Transport (LAT).








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Beirut International Airport enjoys a complete Open Skies policy which has helped boost traffic. The airport is hoping to one day become another hub in the Middle East competing with Dubai.

The government has begun issuing 48 hour transit visas for many nationalities at the airport upon arrival free of charge to help attract transiters.

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Wed Jul 14, 2004 8:20 pm

CUTE ? Oh please, old hat my dear - every airport and his wife uses that these days. Its pretty clever, but nothing exceptional, just a router into each airlines DCS system.
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Wed Jul 14, 2004 8:34 pm

every airport and his wife uses that these days.

Approximately 200 airports worldwide.

Its pretty clever, but nothing exceptional, just a router into each airlines DCS system.

And it's about darn time Beirut caught up!
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Wed Jul 14, 2004 11:23 pm

JGPH1A,

You have a bad taste of humor , if I may say so. Please keep your sarcasm to minimal so that you don't offend other users on this site...  Pissed
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Thu Jul 15, 2004 5:56 am

And you EuroLeb have very thin skin. CUTE is indeed old hat (they are on the 2nd generation of it now). Great news that Beirut Int'l is using it, but even BA admits its a catch-up thing, not leading edge.

By the way, SITA is not a US company, it's based in Geneva.
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Thu Jul 15, 2004 4:53 pm

Euroleb - no offence intended, I assure you. Its just that SITA's CUTE system, while very clever, is not exactly news.
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Thu Jul 15, 2004 5:09 pm

EuroLeb,

There is absolutely nothing wrong with what JGPH1A said. He's absolutely correct, CUTE is not a new innovation and it certainly does not make Beirut "special." Like I said, it's used in approximately 200 airports world-wide.

Any airport with a descent amount of traffic has it or should have it.

I simply brought it up because it is a good sign if Beirut indeed wants to compete with other Middle Eastern airports like Dubai. Such amenities and facilities are required....

Ten years ago you would not recognize Beirut airport.....a bullet ridden old shabby terminal with destroyed hangers and rough runways with weeds growing through it......

Searpqx,

By the way, SITA is not a US company, it's based in Geneva.

Thanks for the correction. I'm not sure why I thought it was a US company...must have been thinking of something else...

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Thu Jul 15, 2004 7:48 pm

BA, How many terminals does BEY have? do you have photos of the inside of the terminal(s)? - please do not post too many as my computer is a little slow  Big thumbs up

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Thu Jul 15, 2004 8:06 pm

Horus

Beirut International has one terminal split into a western and an eastern wing.
The western side is conquered by MEA plus a few other carriers,such as AF.
The eastern terminal is for other carriers,it also has 4 gates that are capable of handling widebodied aircrafts.
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The eastern part: I can't find the photo,it's on myaviation!

The terminal has a total of 23 gates.
BA will definitely provide you with the terminal map.

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Thu Jul 15, 2004 8:56 pm

Horus

You can see the eastern part of the terminal in the photo shown in BA's post,you can see a GF340,Kuwait Airways A300,EY340,and a 4th aircraft parked,right BA?

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Thu Jul 15, 2004 9:21 pm

Last time I flew out of BEY (last Aug 03), i was flying with QR and it was out of the Western part. In fact, when I see the pic BA has placed (where you can see the AF 777 parked) the one to it's right looks like QR. That was the same gate we flew out of.

Nice terminal. Very clean, bright and airy. Only setback with the airport is the passport control. They (immigration) sure take a long time processing each passenger - both on arrival and on departure.

Otherwise, I think it's a fab terminal.
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Fri Jul 16, 2004 1:00 am

Horus, here is a map of the entire terminal:

http://users.adelphia.net/~nabilb727/MAP.jpg

As MEA310 mentioned, the airport has 23 gates, 21 of which have jetways, while 2 are bus boarding gates (gates 4 and 22).

7 of the gates can handle 747s and some of those gates can handle the A380. I believe gates 1-3 and 23 can handle the A380.

7 of the gates can handle an MD-11 sized aircraft, SOME of which can probably handle the 777.

6 of the gates can handle an A300 sized aircraft, SOME of which can handle something a little bigger.

1 gate can handle any A320 family aircraft and the 757.

The Eastern Wing consists of Gates 1 through 12, while the Western Wing consists of Gates 13 through 23. As MEA310 mentioned, MEA and airlines that use MEA's services operate out of the Western Wing. All other airlines operate out of the Eastern Wing.

So I don't clog up the post and since you have a slow connection, I will post the pictures as links and that way you can view whichever ones you'd like.

Two of the gates, gates 2 and 3 are equipped with dual jetways. This shot is looking at the Eastern Wing.
http://users.adelphia.net/~nabilb727/dualjetways.jpg

Here are shots of the departure hall:
http://users.adelphia.net/~nabilb727/InteriorDeparture.jpg
http://mea707.lrehosting.com/DSCN6719.jpg

Here is the arrival hall:
http://users.adelphia.net/~nabilb727/InteriorArrival.jpg

Hope this helps.

MEA310,

That's correct.  Smile

Sleak76,

i was flying with QR and it was out of the Western part.

Correct. QR uses MEA's ground handling (MEAG) and First Class passengers have access to the the Cedar Lounge. QR also recently became a MEA partner along with Air France since April as a result of the code-share agreement signed.

Only setback with the airport is the passport control. They (immigration) sure take a long time processing each passenger - both on arrival and on departure.

That's true. It's a little faster if you are a Lebanese citizen in which their are specific queue lines.

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Fri Jul 16, 2004 6:26 am

Thanks BA

The departure area looks pretty good, but the arrival area looks a little cramped. It also looks very modern from outside.

When was building work on the terminal completed?

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Fri Jul 16, 2004 4:18 pm

The eastern side was completed in 1998 while the western side was completed in 2002.

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Fri Jul 16, 2004 7:44 pm

Thanks BA, what runways do they usually use for take off and landing? I guess it would be pretty good landing on runway 17 (just over the sea). I remember 2 summers ago landing in Hereklion, Crete and their runway is sticking out to see and it feels like you are about to land on water when all of a sudden the runway appears under you.

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Fri Jul 16, 2004 8:34 pm

Horus,if you don't mind me answering,I'll tell you.

Runways 17&03 are used for landings.
17 is the primary landing runway,03 is used when the wind direction shifts.
Runway 18 is rarely used anymore for landings,private jets and props use it often for landing.
Runways 35&21 are used for take-offs..
21 is the primary take-off runway,35 is also used when the wind direction shifts.
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Fri Jul 16, 2004 8:44 pm

Horus,

Runway 17 is the primary landing runway. However when the wind is going south coming from the north, 03 is used.

Runway 21 is the primary take-off runway. However, when the wind is going south coming from the north, 35 is used.

As you know, planes take-off and land against the wind.

Runway 18/36 is an old asphault runway and it isn't used much anymore. It's periodically used by small private aircraft and pilot training.

You're right, the runway 17 approach is very nice.

This is the view you get:



Here is a map of Beirut, one of the nice things about Beirut is you can spot planes without being near the airport. You can be anywhere along the western coast and see aircraft on approach to runway 17.


About the arrival hall. The ceiling is much lower than the ceiling in the departure hall and obviously there aren't any skylights like there are in the departure hall. But in terms of area, it is very spacious.

I have to correct you on one think Sleak76.

In fact, when I see the pic BA has placed (where you can see the AF 777 parked) the one to it's right looks like QR.

Actually that's the Hariri's 727-200. Other planes in the photo are a Malaysia Airlines A330-200, Oman Air B737-700, MEA A321, some Tupolev TU-154 that I have been unable to identify (some Eastern European charter), Kuwait Airways A300-600R, Gulf Air A340-300, Etihad Airways A340-300, and a private 767-300.

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Fri Jul 16, 2004 9:32 pm

BA

The one to the left of AF can't be a 727 (for pax sitting inside AF, then it would be to their right). The fuselage and wing span are too large. Though it seems there is an engine at the tail - resembling that of the tristar. Could it be the TU-154?

The aircraft on the right (for AF pax inside the plane, it would be to their left), that looks like a 727 - smaller wings and smaller fuselage.

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Fri Jul 16, 2004 9:34 pm

Sleak76,

You said to the right of the AF 777. To the right of the AF 777 is a 727-200 belonging to Rafik Hariri parked on the ramp.

To the left of the AF 777 is an MAS A330-200.

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Fri Jul 16, 2004 10:02 pm

hehehe BA

To it's (AF) right, means to the right from the point of view of AF, rather than to the point of view of us looking at the pic.

I knew that started to cause confusion and hence my post before this i started to explain in detail as to whose right of which left of which plane at which point of view to whom
 Nuts (now im confusing it purposely) hehehe.
But your MAS 330 seems logical enough so thanks for the clear-up. Cheers Mate.
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Fri Jul 16, 2004 10:45 pm

Oops, sorry Sleak76, overlooked where you explained that the point of view is of the AF aircraft!

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