¦ The Air Transport Association of America reported that passenger revenue, based on a sample group of carriers, rose 4.5 percent in February versus the same month in 2009, marking the second consecutive month of revenue growth. Approximately 2.9 percent fewer passengers traveled on U.S. airlines in February, in large part due to inclement weather, while the average price to fly one mile rose 5 percent. Growth was particularly strong across all regions in international markets, where passenger revenues rose 7.9 percent. U.S. airlines saw cargo traffic, as measured in cargo revenue ton miles, rise 14 percent year-over-year (2 percent domestically and 27 percent internationally) in January 2009, driven by increased international trade.
¦ International consulting firm Oliver Wyman, with support from the International Air Transport Association, announced the findings of its 2010 Global Air Cargo CEO Survey at the IATA World Cargo Symposium in Vancouver. This year’s survey of more than 30 CEOs of top global air cargo players found that, while the global economy may be showing signs of stabilization, the recovery in the air cargo market is still fragile. Survey highlights include: Air cargo firms are cautious about projected improvements in 2010, but almost all foresee a return to 2007 peak levels within 1-3 years; the majority of growth is expected to come from China and North Asia, followed by the rest of Asia-Pacific. Accordingly, air cargo providers plan to focus sales attention in these regions; despite the projected recovery, customer buying preferences and patterns have experienced a permanent shift. Customers will continue to be highly price-sensitive and will keenly evaluate alternative transport modes to meet their shipping needs for segments with slower supply chain requirements.
¦ Swissport International announced it has been named “Best Ground Handling Company 2010” by the Institute of Transport Management. The independent London-based logistics center bestowed the prestigious award on Swissport following an extensive survey of more than 230 airport and aviation companies.
¦ Bob McMichael, former vice president of sales and marketing for international GSE manufacturer AERO Specialties, has launched a new branding and marketing firm for small to mid-sized aviation companies.Focusing specifically on the FBO market, and business aviation in general, Flightbrand provides a comprehensive range of marketing services, from complete branding strategies involving in-depth research, development and ad campaigns, to corporate collateral production (brochures, catalogs, trade show material), to Web sites and other Internet-based marketing products.
¦ Malabar International announced that it has developed and produced the initial order for a 320-ton Rapid Deployment Tripod Jack Set. Consisting of four 80-ton jacks, the portable aircraft jack set was developed to meet the need for emergency maintenance on commercial aircraft at airports without full-service facilities. When an aircraft requires major repairs at a remote airport, the Rapid Deployment Set can be delivered on a wide-body PAX or freighter aircraft to facilitate quick repairs.
¦ ASIG announced that four of its aviation fuel services operations, based in the United Kingdom, are recipients of Shell Aviation’s top Health, Safety, Security & Environmental Award, Goal Zero. ASIG provides aviation fuel services on behalf of Shell Aviation to their airline customers at these airports. Under the award scheme, ASIG’s aircraft refueling operation at Birmingham International Airport (BHX) achieved Bronze status. Refueling operations at Manchester Airport (MAN) and London Stansted Airport (STN) both received Silver. At London Luton Airport (LTN), ASIG achieved Gold status for both its refueling and fuel facility management and operations units. The Goal Zero award scheme recognizes proactive management and practices as well as being a top performer. Criteria include compliance, training and achievement of zero spills, accidents and injuries.