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¦ Worldwide Flight Services commenced new full ground handling contracts at Paris Orly at the beginning of November for Royal Air Maroc, Air Caraïbes, Air Mali, Air Burkina and Mauritania Airways.

¦ Global Ground Support LLC, a subsidiary of Air T Inc., announced that it has signed agreements with a company based in Millesimo, Italy, Fresia S.p.A., to manufacture and distribute Fresia snow removal equipment in the United States. Fresia was established in 1923 and is a worldwide provider of snow removal equipment, heavy duty trucks and other industrial vehicles.

¦ The Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, as represented by the Bahrain Airport Company (BAC), has selected Cavotec to supply and integrate a range of environmentally friendly ground service equipment for remote aircraft aprons at Bahrain International Airport, in a deal worth approximately EUR 30 million. With 18 of Cavotec’s pre-conditioned air (PCAir) systems forming the centerpiece of the project, Cavotec will also deliver and install pop-up units, transformer sub-stations, 400Hz power supply systems, a vacuum evacuation system, a blue water supply system and a potable water supply system. The installation work is due for completion in February 2011 with a subsequent operation and maintenance period for one year.

¦ JBT Corporation announced that its JBT AeroTech business was awarded a $7.3 million contract by Turner Construction Company, the general contractor for San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 2 renovation and expansion project. The contract includes the supply of 14 new Jetway passenger boarding bridges and preconditioned air units to be installed at gates in Terminal 2.

¦ Swissport International has been awarded a ground handling license for Munich Airport. Swissport and its local joint-venture partner Losch Airport Service won the corresponding tender process. The seven-year license will enable Swissport/Losch to provide ramp (apron) services at the airport. The operations have been scheduled to commence March 1, 2010.

¦ Zebra Enterprise Solutions GmbH announced the implementation of the ZES Airport Visualiser at GlobeGround Berlin, the largest ground handling service provider at Berlin’s airports Schönefeld and Tegel. In a first step of the project, GlobeGround Berlin has commissioned ZES to equip 21 ground power units at Schönefeld and Tegel with the ZES hardware device, the Infoman, that transmits real-time data on the GSE’s present position and key data on the vehicle, e.g., its operational status.

¦ Airport Terminal Services Canadian Company announced continued growth at Vancouver International Airport and Edmonton International Airport. Continental Airlines awarded ATS a full ground handling agreement in YEG, effective Nov. 1, when they resumed service to the Alberta capital’s international gateway after a three-year absence. Lufthansa awarded ATS an agreement at YVR to provide passenger support services, which also became effective on Nov. 1, 2009.

¦ In Munich in October, TLD and IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) sealed their exclusive risk sharing MOA for the development and manufacturing of the TaxiBot Tractors by signing their formal document. TaxiBot is a dispatch tow tractor concept developed and patented by IAI.

¦ Swissport International has been appointed by Qantas Freight to provide cargo ground handling services at London Heathrow Airport. Operations started in mid-September.

¦ Aviance and Vestergaard executed a frame agreement for delivery of specialized GSE equipment. The frame agreement will stretch over a period of three years and cover Vestergaard’s “Elephant” aircraft deicers as well as toilet and water service trucks. Under the agreement, Aviance member companies can consolidate their GSE purchases and utilize a single, common set of terms and conditions and the deal effectively places Vestergaard on Aviance’s Preferred Vendor’s List.

¦ Swissport International and its local venture partner Inter Airport Services, obtained the license to launch ground handling business activities in Costa Rica. The long-term agreement covers the two international airports, Juan Santa Maria in San Jose and Daniel Oduber in Liberia, and commenced Nov. 1, 2009.

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