Our Legacy

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JBT has a long history of leadership in the aviation support industry.

1950s

  • FMC develops the world’s first commercial conveyorized breading machine.
  • Jetway® Apron Drive Passenger Boarding Bridges revolutionize the airline passenger boarding process.

1960s

  • FMC creates the first mobile de-icing system, developed from the John Bean spray pump legacy.
  • FMC develops the Flite-Line loader, a cargo handling system for the new containerized generation of jet aircraft, as well as the Flite-Line deicer, capable of deicing the largest jet liner. 

1970s

  • FMC’s Airline Equipment Division grows to see its container and pallet loaders used by 35 airlines throughout the world.

1980s

  • FMC builds a new aviation equipment manufacturing facility in Orlando, Florida and acquires a second dedicated manufacturing facility for aviation equipment in Madrid, Spain; products include belt loaders, loaders, and deicers.
  • FMC introduces the Commander loader, featuring the new Heliroll® conveyor system, to meet container and pallet requirements.

1990s

  • FMC acquires Jetway Systems®, the world’s leading manufacturer of gate equipment, particularly passenger boarding bridges.
  • FMC introduces the first point-of-use pre-conditioned air unit, providing cooling for aircraft while parked at the gate – reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

2000-2009

  • FMC Airport Services is formed to provide dedicated maintenance for airline and airport handling equipment, as well as facilities maintenance, airport planning and apron management systems.
  • FMC Airport Services re-enters the military market with the design and development of the Halvorsen loader, selected by the USAF to replace all other 25K cargo loaders.
  • JBT Corporation is founded and introduced on the New York Stock Exchange (JBT) in 2008; FMC AeroTech is rebranded as JBT AeroTech.

2010-Today

  • JBT AeroTech opens a new manufacturing facility in Shenzhen, China for the manufacture of Jetway® gate equipment.
  • JBT AeroTech announces a partnership with Swisslog to develop and manufacture advanced Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) for hospitals worldwide. 
  • JBT AeroTech opens new facility in Kunshan, China to manufacture Snow Panther™ deicer and Commander™ 15i cargo loaders.
  • JBT expands its Kunshan, China facility to manufacture FoodTech and AeroTech products.
  • In 2017, JBT acquires Aircraft Maintenance Support Services (AMSS), Ltd., a leader in the design, manufacture and supply of high quality military and commercial aviation loading and servicing equipment.
  • In 2019, JBT acquires LEKTRO, a privately-held manufacturer of electric aviation ground support equipment.

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