Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc. awarded international contract with Asiana Airlines Inc.: Matheson Flight Extenders, Inc., a transportation, environmental and airport services company headquartered in Sacramento, CA , announced its first international contract last August with South Korea’s Asiana Airlines to provide import/export warehousing and aircraft ground handling at Matheson’s Portland, OR, facility. Asiana Airlines Inc. will initiate service with three flights per week.
DOE awards grant to Boeing to study renewable jet fuel: The Department of Energy awarded Boeing up to $4 million to study new methods of converting biomass-based ethanol into jet fuel. “Investments aim to accelerate the discovery of innovative solutions that could drive down the cost of biofuels production and boost their availability in the marketplace,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Back in 2008, Boeing and other companies partnered to launch the first commercial aviation flight using a sustainable biomass-to-liquid fuel mixed with traditional kerosene-based jet fuel. The Virgin Atlantic 747-400 flew using a biofuel blend of babassu oil and coconut oil.
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Garsite names Chris Dukes to lead new Middle-East branch: Garsite, Kansas City, KS, announces a permanent office in Dubai, UAE, scheduled to open by Jan. 1. Chris Dukes, vice president of international sales will lead the new office. The new site will give Garsite the ability to better service existing customers in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE-United Arab Emirates.
NBAA announces Winant Award winner: Jim Cannon, airman, author, and advocate in business aviation, will be honored with the National Business Aviation Association’s John H. Winant Award. Cannon will be formally recognized at the group’s 64th Annual Meeting & Convention, Oct. 10-12. The Winant Award recognizes former NBAA directors whose service to business aviation continues well beyond their tenure on NBAA’s Board of Directors. Winant’s association with NBAA extended over five decades.
Swissport announces new management in Brussels: Swissport International, Zurich, Switzerland, appointed new management to run the ground handling operations at Brussels Airport. The company named Marcel Buelens as CEO and Alex Weidmann as COO. Swissport Cargo Services will remain under the lead of Managing Director Patrick Minsart. Buelens was previously CEO of Brussels South Charleroi Airport from 2006 to 2009. He has extensive international experience within ground handling and logistics, including overseas assignments in Hong Kong and in the Middle East. Weidmann has 28 years of international expertise in the aviation industry. He was manager for special projects at Swissport Zurich. He has additional experience in similar roles in Los Angeles, Manila and Paris.
JetStream Ground Services appoints new leaders: JetStream Ground Services, Inc., Jupiter, FL, recently appointed Richard “Rich” Cordell as COO. Cordell is the former senior vice president of airport customer service and a 30-year veteran of Delta Air Lines. JetStream also announced Blake W. Schultz Jr. has joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing. Schultz has more than 35 years of airline and aviation service experience holding various positions both in operations and sales during his career. The appointment of these two leaders to the executive team closely follows the company’s significant technology investment in mobile resource planning solutions for its airport operations. Both Cordell and Schultz will report to Marc Desnoyers, president and founder of the company and will be based at the corporate headquarters in Jupiter, FL.