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Brookville to rehab Dulles' mobile lounge, plane mate prototype vehicles

Plane mate and mobile lounge prototype vehicles arrived at Brookville Equipment Corp.
Photo – Brookville Equipment Corp.


Brookville Equipment Corp. will begin work on a $16.4 million contract by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA)  for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the existing plane mate and mobile lounge vehicles at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Brookville;s rehabilitation will include one prototype of each vehicle type, company officials said in a news release. When the work is completed, MWAA will have the option of revamping the rest of the fleet for an estimated $143 million, not to exceed $160 million, over six years.

"We plan to reimagine the functionality of these vehicles, with anticipation they will be in operation for decades into the future," said Brookville Vice President Joel McNeil.

The vehicles are used to transport passengers from the main terminal area to Concourse D, which is not connected to the AeroTrain. In the 1960s, Washington Dulles came up with the concept of the mobile lounge, in the peak of the jet age, by saving passengers time by eliminating walking long distances from the ticketing gate to the jet ramp. Currently, the vehicles are used to disembark passengers from most international flights arriving at Dulles International.

The fleet in its entirety consists of 19 mobile lounges and 30 plane mates. 


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