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Business Buzz ¦ 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...


¦ Swissport Cargo Services North America has concluded or renewed a number of cargo handling agreements commencing in the first half of 2010. The new accords are an impressive sign of business recovery and growth. The unit has recently concluded major new cargo handling agreements with British Airways at Los Angeles and Boston, Air Canada at Denver, Aer Lingus at Washington-Dulles and Air New Zealand and LAN Cargo at San Francisco. The unit also renewed its existing accord with Continental Airlines at Toronto Airport.

¦ Airport Terminal Services announced that on May 4, 2010 it will commence ramp handling services on behalf of US Airways at Lambert – St. Louis International Airport (STL). At more than 100 weekly departures from STL, US Airways operates a mix of mainline and US Airways Express flights with a substantial presence at STL.

¦ Swissport International announced that it is intensifying its collaboration with British Airways. On April 1, Swissport took over all cargo handling duties for British Airways at Frankfurt Airport. The new three-year agreement to provide cargo handling for British Airways at Frankfurt Airport is a particular landmark for Swissport. Frankfurt is one of the world’s biggest cargo hubs, and the new agreement is likely to cover an annual volume of over 50,000 tons. The agreement with British Airways extends to all cargo activities at the airport, and also to airfreight handling for the associated trucking operations.

¦ Airport Terminal Services (ATS) announced that on April 29, 2010 it will commence full ground handling services on behalf of Air Canada at John Wayne Airport - Santa Ana, Orange County in California (SNA). Air Canada is introducing its inaugural service to Orange County using A319 aircraft serving its vast network through non-stop daily flights to SNA from Toronto (YYZ).

People in the News

¦ Palmer Johnson Power Systems announced that Andy Stehl recently joined that team as the outside sales representative for Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and eastern Wisconsin. Stehl transited into the position effective April 1, 2010. Stehl was hired as a service technician at Palmer Johnson’s Chicago location in 2003. Prior to joining Palmer Johnson, Stehl spent six years in the U.S. Army as a diesel technician. In addition to his technical duties, Stehl also served as a section chief team leader and was responsible for the training and supervision of other service members.

¦ The National Air Transportation Association this week announced the hiring of Dennis van de Laar as its new manager, regulatory affairs. As NATA’s manager, regulatory affairs, van de Laar will be responsible for regulatory items affecting aircraft maintenance as well as assisting in issues involving airport and FBO operations and environmental compliance. Van de Laar will also serve as the NATA staff liaison to the Aircraft Maintenance and Systems Technology Committee.

¦ Malabar International announced that it appointed Vic Urzi as director, international sales on March 29, 2010. He will report to Malabar Vice President Lorin Card. Urzi will be responsible for managing and growing international sales for Malabar, working through the company’s international representation network to improve coverage of the international markets.

¦ Bosserman Aviation named Jose R. Boscolo as the new director of international sales. His primary responsibility is the development of successful sales strategies that penetrate existing clients and also develop new customers for Latin America (and Canada) at the beginning and then worldwide.

¦ Swissport International has appointed Andreas Keller as its new vice president and head of its aviation security business segment. He assumed his new duties March 15. Keller succeeded Stefan Roschi, who is leaving Swissport to take on a new professional challenge. Andreas Keller was general manager of Checkport Switzerland, a Swissport subsidiary which employs some 180 personnel at its stations in Zurich, Basel and Geneva.

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