Technology Abounds for the Ramp

This issue takes a look at some of the new technologies available to improve operations on the ramp, including managing GSE fleets and training employees. Despite the recent financial hardship, it’s difficult to deny that this is an exciting time in the industry.

With new technology on the rise, it’s important that companies choose the right fit for their specific operations. New products and technology must be carefully considered.

The rise of new technology has called for a special balance in the decision-making process. Though a decision certainly can’t be rushed, adaptation cannot come too slowly. As the industry continues to transform and find new ways of doing things — so too must we continue to learn about the new technologies and discuss them. As a magazine, we will continually bring you news about the latest technologies on the market, as a more informed industry is a more efficient industry.

A big opportunity to become more informed of the latest happenings is Aviation Industry Expo in Las Vegas. I certainly hope you will be able to join us. I look forward to walking the show floor and learning about the new products and technology on the market. Our April issue will feature a full show recap from new products to the GSE seminars, so please check out our next issue and the Web site at

Positive steps forward
Recent passenger and cargo numbers continue to signal a recovery in demand. In February, the Air Transportation Association of America released statistics — based on a sample number of carriers — that showed a positive outlook overall.

Based on a sample group of carriers, ATA reported that revenue for U.S. airlines had increased by 1.4 percent in January versus January 2009. The numbers reversed 14 consecutive months of declines, according to the trade association. And on trans-Atlantic routes, passenger revenue increased by 3.4 percent.

In the area of cargo, ATA reported an increase of 17 percent year over year in December 2009, which the company attributed largely to a growth in international trade.

The gains in cargo for the month of December were tempered by a full-year traffic decline of 11 percent compared to 2008.

“The modest uptick in passenger revenue and the solid increase in cargo volumes are promising signs that air-transport demand may be at the beginning of a long-awaited recovery,” James C. May, ATA President and CEO, says in the organization’s release.

Though far from being able to breathe easy, relief does seem to be in sight.

As always, thank you for reading!