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¦ American Airlines Cargo division announced it opened its newly relocated cargo terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport. The facility will offer streamlined handling capability, including a 3,000-square-foot cooler for perishables and expanded areas for courier cargo, mail processing and a designated holding area for live animals.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

¦ TCR announced the creation of its new affiliate in Dublin: Trailer Construction & Repairing Ireland Lim. in December 2009. After eight years using TCR GSE services to cover specific handling contracts, Sky Handling Partner decided to outsource its full GSE fleet — motorized and non-motorized — to TCR Ireland at Dublin Airport (DUB). TCR provides rental of all motorized and non-motorized GSE. Maintenance and repair activities will be performed by taking over Sky Handling Partner’s existing workshop at DUB airport.

¦ ASIG® announced that Singapore Cargo has renewed its agreement with ASIG to provide ground handling services for their eight weekly flights at Los Angeles International Airport.

¦ easyJet announced that it has selected WorkBridge as the supplier for their resource planning software for all their ground handling operations. As a market leader in the field of operational planning, WorkBridge and their software platform will provide planning support, allowing easyJet on a worldwide basis to optimize the management and allocation of people, equipment and resources, to enhance workload performance, and to analyse capacity requirements as they change across their bases.

¦ Swissport International and its local partner Losch announced it commenced their new joint operation at Munich Airport on March 1. The partners have won German-wings, Spanair, Air Berlin, Air Dolomiti and Czech Airlines as their first customers; and Continental Airlines will be entrusting its handling to Swissport/Losch from March 28 onwards. Negotiations are also nearing completion with a number of additional carriers.

¦ Singapore Airport Terminal Services announced that its third-quarter profit grew 42 percent to $53.4 million. In the third quarter of FY2009-10, group revenue grew 79 percent (+$191.9 million) to $434.3 million due to the consolidation of Singapore Food Industries (SFI) which amounted to $199.6 million. This was partially offset by a 3-percent (-$6.1 million) drop in aviation revenue to $228.4 million. Compared to the second quarter of FY2009-10, SFI’s contribution to group revenue was 46 percent (+$62.8 million) higher. This included better sales reported by Daniels Group in the UK. Aviation revenue also improved 5 percent (+$9.9 million), reflecting the trend in the aviation industry.

¦ ASIG® announced that it has been selected by Allegiant Air to provide ground handling, cabin cleaning and passenger handling services at Orlando International Airport (MCO), a new market for the airline. Last year, Allegiant also tapped ASIG to be their ground service provider when they launched new operations at Los Angeles International Airport.

¦ TCR announced that Menzies Inc. has requested TCR to support them at George Bush International Airport, by developing similar services as the ones TCR is providing them in Europe. Operations for Menzies started Dec. 28, 2009, and include: rental and fleet management of all motorized and non-motorized GSE. Maintenance and repair activities will be performed by taking over Menzies existing workshop at IAH airport.

¦ Wallenborn Transports S.A. announced it will provide a full distribution package out of the six hubs which AirBridgeCargo airlines serves in Europe operating Boeing 747 400 full freighters connecting Europe with China. Twenty-eight flights are operated per week, connecting China with Europe. Its strategically placed hub operation means full coverage and optimization over the network it is developing in Europe. Wallenborn operates scheduled services reaching some 100 airports in Europe and has developed a service center concept at the key airports to serve its key accounts in all operational ways.

¦ ASIG® announced that it has commenced ground handling operations for Air Canada’s 80-plus weekly flights at Newark Liberty International Airport. Complete ramp side services, cabin cleaning and aircraft deicing are being provided to Air Canada.

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