¦ ECOtality Inc. announced that it has established a new, wholly owned subsidiary, ECOtality Australia Pty Ltd. The company, headquartered in Brisbane, Queensland, will market and distribute battery-charging equipment to support on-road electric vehicles, industrial equipment, and electric airport ground support equipment.
¦ The IPWT Group announced it has launched a GSE division. IPWT AGSE will be an independent entity and profit center under the IPWT Group and would be responsible for marketing GSE, offering after sales service, backed by maintenance and other logistics support services. The company aims to target existing and upcoming airport projects in India, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Bangladesh.
¦ The International Air Transport Association reported December and full-year 2009 demand statistics for international scheduled air traffic that showed the industry ending 2009 with the largest-ever post-war decline. Passenger demand for the full year was down 3.5 percent with an average load factor of 75.6 percent. Freight showed a full-year decline of 10.1 percent with an average load factor of 49.1 percent. International passenger capacity fell 0.7 percent in December 2009 while freight capacity grew 0.6 percent above December 2008 levels. Yields have started to improve with tighter supply-demand conditions in recent months, but they remained 5-10 percent down on 2008 levels.
¦ Quantum Aviation Solutions completed its first BagScan installation in India at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). BagScan was implemented to provide a common-use baggage tracking and reconciliation system (BTRS) to the community at the airport’s newly developed domestic Terminal 1D.
¦ Schopf Maschinenbau GmbH announced its new F110 electric aircraft tow tractor was successfully tested recently at Stuttgart Airport. Battery capacity in the electric F110 pushback prototype unit was sufficient to run a two-shift operation at Stuttgart Airport. In the coming months, after a period of adjustments and optimization, Schopf’s e-tractor will enter series production.
¦ Swissport International announced the strike at Geneva Airport ended. The delegations from Swissport and the VPOD union reached an agreement, which brought an end to their industrial dispute at Geneva Airport. The strike lasted 10 days with about 7 percent of the workforce of Swissport Geneva having participated in the strike called by the VPOD union. All the strikers returned to their workplaces Jan. 13.
¦ UFIS Airport Innovation (UFIS AI) announced it has completed the extension of its BRAINS® (Baggage Routing and Information System) at the expanded main terminal at Geneva International Airport, Switzerland. The successful completion of the project, which started in October last year, allows UFIS AI to continue to play an integral role in the baggage handling and logistics operation at Geneva. The baggage handling system installed at Geneva includes BRAINS® high-level control system, interfaces, configuration, workstations, servers, low-level controls, electrical construction and wiring, and the BHS core network. UFIS AI is also providing 24-hour hotline support.
¦ The Air Transport Association of America reported that passenger revenue, based on a sample group of carriers, fell 4 percent in December 2009 versus the same month in 2008, marking the 14th consecutive month in which passenger revenue declined from the prior year due to the combination of continued reduced passenger traffic and lower average ticket prices.
¦ I.D. Systems Inc. announced that it has received a follow-on purchase order from American Eagle Airlines Inc., a subsidiary of AMR Corporation, to expand deployment of I.D. Systems’ AvRamp® Wireless Vehicle Management System on a fleet of aircraft ground support equipment at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The order follows American Eagle’s initial implementation of the AvRamp system on a large fleet of GSE at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) in 2009.