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Business Buzz ¦ NATA releases 2011 revision of refueling and quality control guide: The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the availability of the 2011 revision of its popular guidebook Refueling and Quality Control...


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¦ NATA releases 2011 revision of refueling and quality control guide: The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) announced the availability of the 2011 revision of its popular guidebook Refueling and Quality Control Procedures for Airport Service and Support Operations. The 2011 revision is a complete update that contains an in-depth review of topics relating to aviation fuel handling, with full-color photographs in a new easy-to-read format. Included in the 2011 revision are chapters addressing: safety, aviation fuels, fuel handling equipment, quality control and fuel testing procedures, equipment inspections and maintenance, operational procedures, fuel spill response, training and other resources.

¦ The Air Transport Association of America releases quarterly Airline Cost Index: The ATA, the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, released its quarterly Airline Cost Index, incorporating data through the third quarter of 2010. Costs faced by U.S. passenger airlines, measured by the “composite cost index,” rose 5 percent to 209.8 in the third quarter of 2010 compared to the same period of 2009, outpacing the 1.2 percent gain in the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI). The composite airline cost index remains approximately 110 percent higher than its level of 100 in 2000.

¦ ATR moves into new remanufacturing facility: Authorized Transmission Remanufacturing Inc., a national supplier of fleet transmissions throughout the U.S. and Canada, announced that they have moved into a new 100,000-square-foot remanufacturing plant located in Mundelein, IL. The plant has an enclosed cleaning/processing department, sound-proof dyno testing area, large remanufacturing area for cellular and rebuilder work stations, employee- and customer-training room, and a large parts department and warehousing for its product line.

¦ Swissport Cargo Services opens new warehouse in Nairobi: Swissport has opened a new airside warehouse at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. The facility sets new benchmarks in a number of areas, particularly in the handling and storage of perishable goods that make up 80 percent of Nairobi’s airfreight. The development triples Swissport’s capacity at Africa’s largest air cargo hub. Swissport has been operating in Kenya since 1997 with great success, and currently serves 20 airline customers, handling nearly 4,000 flights a year with a workforce of some 400 personnel.

¦ Swissport Ukraine launches operations in Kharkov: Swissport Ukraine is pleased to announce the launch of its operations in Kharkov, Ukraine’s second largest city with a population of 1.5 million citizens. The growth of

Swissport Ukraine into the east of the country is a first step to expand business to other airports and services within the Ukraine in light of the EURO 2012 and economy picking up. With the awarding of EURO 2012 to Poland and Ukraine, Kharkov International Airport opened on Dec. 1, a modern, 20,000-square-meters terminal with a capacity of 2 million passengers per year and 1,600 passengers per hour. The modern terminal has 18 check-in desks, six gates and state-of-the-art infrastructure.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

¦ AERO Specialties announces aquisition: The manufacturer and distributer of aircraft ground support equipment announced the outright purchase of Australia-based JetGo International. JetGo designed a line of diesel-electric hybrid ground power units. AERO Specialties had previously been the exclusive distributor for JetGo International.

¦ Bliss-Fox selects Allison Transmission for new tractor: Allison Transmission announced that Australian GSE manufacturer Bliss-Fox has selected Allison’s 4500 automatic transmission for its new generation Bliss-Fox F1-500, the pushback tractor that was designed and engineered to handle the higher loads demanded by the arrival of the Airbus A380 at airports around the globe.

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