¦ Bangkok Flight Services announces handling of inaugural flight of A330-200F in Thailand: Hong Kong Airlines cargo flight HX 9131 with aircraft type A330-200F arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport, which was the first time for the type of aircraft to arrive at BKK, according to the handler. BFS provided ground and cargo handling services for the flight.
¦ Menzies announces new contracts: Germanwings has awarded Menzies a deicing contract commencing winter 2011 at its Stockholm station. In addition, Germanwings agreed to extend a ground handling contract with Menzies until May 2013. The company also announced it is providing full cargo handling, warehousing services and office space for MOL logistics at Amsterdam airport for a period of three years. In an additional announcement, Menzies has also become the lounge provider for Malev Hungarian Airlines in Amsterdam for a period of three years.
¦ Swissport UK announces new service agreements: The organization has concluded new service agreements with several airlines. Swissport UK has added airline customers such as Eastern Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, Air Baltic and Armavia to its portfolio. The unit has also further strengthened its partnerships with Monarch Airlines (in a new five-year, two-station agreement) and Emirates (in a three-year extension for Newcastle Airport). The new accords cover about 15,000 flights a year.
¦ Safegate announces contract with American Airlines: Earlier this year, Safegate was awarded a contract by American Airlines to install its Safedock advanced visual docking guidance system (A-VDGS) on 30 mainline gates at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Completed recently, the O’Hare installation represents the fourth of four major American Airlines hubs to employ the Safegate technology. Safedock systems were installed at the airline’s other major hubs in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami and New York.
¦ Glidepath wins contract for new baggage system at Amarillo airport: As a key component of the airport’s $52 million terminal renovation program, the new in-line baggage system will include multiple units of the latest explosive detection system equipment supplied by the Transportation Security Administration. The construction schedule calls for on-site work to commence in January in order to meet the scheduled opening of the new terminal building in May 2011.
¦ INET Airport Systems announces new project: INET has been awarded a project to furnish and install new 400Hz and pre-conditioned air equipment on 32 gates at the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. The new equipment will provide the ground power (90Kva) and conditioned air (60Ton) to aircraft parked at the gate, thereby limiting the use of the on-board auxiliary power units (APUs).
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Swissport International has announced the appointment of Dany Nasr as the new chief financial officer (CFO) of its Swissport Americas region, reporting to Richard van Bruygom, EVP ground handling Americas. In his new capacity, Dany Nasr will bear overall responsibility for all financial aspects of Swissport’s activities in the region, which extends to more than 90 stations in North, Central and South America. He will assume his new duties from January 2011. Nasr joined Swissport in 2007.
Banyan Air Service, based at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), recently announced the appointment of John Mason as director of FBO services. John has more than 20 years of aviation experience and previously held positions with Jet Aviation in West Palm Beach, and most recently at Orion Jet Center at Opa Locka, Florida. In his new role, John is responsible for the leadership, organization and management of Banyan’s customer support and line service teams, along with exploring opportunities for Banyan to grow on other airports.
Douglas Battery has announced the signing of Debra Guinand of Triton Technologies LLC as aviation sales representative. Debra has held various marketing, sales, procurement, training and strategic planning positions within the aviation ground support equipment industry. Debra brings to Douglas more than 28 years working for both airlines and OEMs within the industry. Douglas Battery has been manufacturing lead-acid, industrial type batteries since the 1940s and offers a full line of batteries and chargers to several industries, including GSE, material handling and mining.