BROOKVILLE to Rehabilitate Mobile Lounge and Plane Mate Prototype Vehicles for Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority


Plane Mate and Mobile Lounge Prototype Vehicles have arrived onsite at Brookville Equipment Corporation

Brookville, PA. – Brookville Equipment Corporation (BROOKVILLE) was given Notice to Proceed (NTP) on a $16.4 million contract by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) on November 2, 2023, for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the existing plane mate and mobile lounge vehicles at Washington Dulles International Airport (Dulles International).

BROOKVILLE’s rehabilitation will include one prototype of each vehicle type. When the work is complete, 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 are so excited to have the opportunity to rehabilitate these vehicles and bring them back to life, after being a critical part of the operations at Dulles International. We plan to reimagine the functionality of these vehicles, with anticipation they will be in operation for decades into the future,” said Joel McNeil, Executive Vice President of Brookville Equipment Corporation.

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. The mobile lounges have been an essential part of Dulles International since opening in 1962 and are considered a historic element. The plane mates were an evolution of the concept and produced in Pennsylvania in the 1970’s and 80’s. The vehicles remain a critical part of the airport’s passenger transfer operations. “Mobile lounges and plane mates are important parts of Dulles International Airport’s operations. They provide flexibility and increased capacity to move passengers around the airport while offering unique views during the ride. Built in the 60s, it’s time for a major overhaul of these iconic vehicles. We look forward to following the two prototypes through refurbishment,” said Richard Golinowski, Vice President and Airport Manager, Dulles International Airport.  As MWAA continues to expand the facilities at Dulles Airport, including the AeroTrain, the fleet remains a highly effective solution for moving passengers between terminals and aircrafts until future facilities are completed. The vehicles are considered nostalgic among many Dulles travelers, employees, and residents of the Nation’s capital.

BROOKVILLE’s contract consists of rebuilding, redesigning, and updating the interior of the units, as well as rebuilding the drive train and upgrading the engine to a Tier 4 Engine, lowering the emissions and resulting in a cleaner burning engine.

BROOKVILLE received the prototype of the plane mate on March 28th and the prototype of the mobile lounge on April 17th to start its rehabilitation.

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