Rosenbauer PANTHERs protect the largest airport systems in the world.
London. There are six airports located around the British metropolis. Together they handle more than 60% of the UK's air traffic and, with 180.9 million passengers in 2019, formed the largest urban airport system in the world by passenger volume. Although they all have different operators, they show a clear preference when it comes to aircraft rescue fire fighting vehicles: five of the six Airport Fire & Rescue Services (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and London City) operate with the Rosenbauer PANTHER. Heathrow (six PANTHER 6x6s) and Gatwick (five PANTHER 6x6s) also employ Rosenbauer escape stairs for rapid access into or quick escape from aircraft.
At home in urban areas ...
The greater the responsibility, the more uncompromising airport operators are when it comes to equipping their fire services. They purchase only the best of the best. It is no different in the Tokyo metropolitan region, which is served by four airports. The major airports of Haneda and Narita alone recorded a combined 128 million passengers in 2019, putting the Japanese metropolis in third place among the largest urban airport systems. Both airports operate state-of-the-art PANTHER fleets and have all models from 4x4s to 8x8s in use, and at Tokyo-Narita the narrow-width PANTHER 6x6 S has also been in operation for three years. The vehicles for the Japanese market have their own homologation and some country-specific features (right-hand drive, lighting) to meet the standards of the Japan Fire Equipment Inspection Institute (JFEII), a national testing authority similar to the NFPA or TÜV.
... and in entire countries
National airport operators such as the Airport Company of South Africa (ACSA) also rely on PANTHER fleets. ACSA is responsible for nine airports in the country, including the three major international hubs in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, and has equipped them entirely with PANTHERs. The same applies, for example, to the major airports in Portugal (Lisbon, Porto, Faro), operated by Aeroportos de Portugal, and Finland (Helsinki, Tampere), operated by Finnavia. And Aena (Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea), the largest airport operator in the world, is also using an impressive PANTHER fleet. At present, for example, the most important airports in Spain are being equipped with 22 6x6 vehicles, and Aena has put a total of over 60 PANTHERs into service in recent years.
One of the largest PANTHER fleet operators in the world is Airservices Australia (ASA). The company is responsible for the 27 largest airports down under, including Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on the east coast, and also Alice Springs or Ayers Rock inland. ASA has equipped all of them with identical PANTHER 6x6s and operates more than 100 vehicles. The advantage of a homogeneous fleet is obvious: the same technology and operating philosophy results in lower costs, starting with the training of the emergency crews and ending with the maintenance of the vehicles.
Well over 100 PANTHERS are also used in the fleets of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) in Saudi Arabia. AAI operates a total of 125 airports across the country, including major hubs in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kolkotta and Chennai. Eleven PANTHERS are stationed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in the capital city of Delhi alone. GACA operates four international and 23 regional airports in Saudi Arabia and has the largest PANTHER fleet in the world with about 130 vehicles in operation.
PANTHER 6x6 London Luton Airport.
PANTHER 6x6 GACA (General Authority of Civil Aviation).
The PANTHER 6x6 during training.
PANTHER fleet for ACSA (Airport Company of South Africa).
A PANTHER 6x6 S for use at one of the largest airports in the world.