Jetway, the company that builds expandable passenger boarding bridges between airports and airplanes to keep passengers out of bad weather, has landed two large contracts from airports in Brussels, Belgium, and Manchester, England.

During a Thursday press conference in the company office, president Rick Berg said the Brussels airport has committed through letters of intent to purchase 23 passenger boarding bridges at a cost of $13 million. These will be shipped and installed beginning in January 1992 and the airport has the option to purchase 30 more in 1994 and 1995.Also at the Brussels airport, Jetway will sell 23 jet power units, the source of power for the airplane while it is sitting on the ground after the engines are shut down.

Berg said he also has received a commitment from the Manchester airport for 14 passenger boarding bridges at a cost of $7 million with an option to purchase seven more in 1994. The first bridges at the Manchester airport will be operational in late 1992, he said.

The Manchester airport also has committed to purchase 14 jet power units.

Berg also announced that Jetway recently signed a $5 million contract with the Narita Airport in Tokyo, the airport that handles international flights, for 16 boarding bridges, and a $3 million contract from the Haneda Airport in Tokyo for 13 boarding bridges.

Attending the press conference was Gov. Norm Bangerter who said the contracts are a good example of the good that Utah business offices in foreign countries are doing in helping Utah companies.

Jetway originally was located in Los Angeles, but 29 years ago moved to Ogden. It has 400 employees and has built more than 3,000 boarding bridges in the past 30 years.