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Business Buzz Keystone Ground Support announces expansion: The GSE parts supplier will be opening a new branch in Philadelphia on Oct. 18. Keystone has been serving the GSE industry for 35 years. The new branch in Philadelphia is located in...


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Keystone Ground Support announces expansion: The GSE parts supplier will be opening a new branch in Philadelphia on Oct. 18. Keystone has been serving the GSE industry for 35 years. The new branch in Philadelphia is located in Essington, Pa., next to Philadelphia International Airport.

IATA announces new airline industry outlook: The International Air Transport Association revised its 2010 industry outlook and is now projecting a profit of $8.9 billion (up from the $2.5 billion forecast in June). In its first look into 2011, the association estimates that profitability will drop to $5.3 billion. The improved outlook for 2010 is being driven by a combination of factors. On the revenue side, increasing demand and disciplined capacity management are leading to sharply stronger yields pushing revenues higher. At the same time, costs remain relatively stable. Rapidly improving demand has pushed traffic 3-4% above the pre-crisis levels of early 2008. Demand in 2010 is expected to grow by 11% (stronger than the previous forecast of 10.2%) while capacity will only expand by 7.0% (up from the previous forecast of 5.4%). North American carriers are now forecast to make $3.5 billion (up from $1.9 billion). US airlines cut capacity significantly as fuel prices spiked in 2008 and maintained a cautious approach to reinstating capacity to the market this year. The U.S. economy and the resulting freight and air travel growth have grown at a better pace than in Europe. As a result, U.S. airlines have seen a much larger rise in yields than other regions. The industry outlook grows weaker in 2011. The impact of the post-recession bounce from re-stocked inventories will dissipate.

American Airlines to move terminals at SFO: The airline announced it will relocate its operations to San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) new Terminal 2 in spring 2011 from its current location in Terminal 3. In conjunction with the terminal move, American will construct a brand-new Admirals Club lounge for customers to enjoy before, between or after flights. In the new terminal, American will have 14 ticket counter positions and 20 self-service machines to offer a smooth check-in for its more than 30 daily departures at SFO. Unique in its design and amenities, the approximately 575,000 square foot terminal will boast six security screening lanes, free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal, more comfortable lounge areas with ample electrical outlets, plus 12 restaurants and nine retail stores, including a gourmet market with a wine bar and spa. Once the terminal is completed, it is expected to receive Silver LEED™ Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in
Energy and Environmental Designs (LEED) program.

Zebra Enterprise Solutions (ZES) announces launch of real-time locating system: A division of Zebra Technologies announced the launch of Dart Ultra-Wideband (UWB) Real Time Locating System (RTLS) in the United States, Canada and the European Union. The next generation of the Sapphire UWB product line, Dart UWB provides precise location accuracy and real-time visibility of highly mobile, high-value asset movement. Dart UWB is especially effective in industries characteristic with highly-metallic environments, such as IT, aerospace, financial, federal government and aerospace and defense. Dart UWB also includes a full set of location products certified for use in potentially hazardous and explosive environments as defined by the ATEX Directive in Europe. These intrinsically safe location products have been designed for use in extreme, regulated environments such as petrochemical and other process-focused manufacturing industries.

Continental Airlines moves terminals at Orlando: The carrier moved its operations from Terminal A to Terminal B at Orlando International Airport (MCO), on Sept. 22. Continental’s move centralized its proximity to fellow Star Alliance members United and US Airways, already located in Terminal B. The ticketing and check-in counter was also relocated to Terminal B and Continental’s gates at Orlando International moved from Airside 1 to Airside 3 on Sept. 23. Continental will occupy Gates 33, 35, 36 and 39 in Airside 3.

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