News in Brief

Business Buzz ¦ The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced a revised global financial forecast predicting airline losses totaling US$11 billion in 2009. This is US$2 billion worse than the previously projected US$9 billion loss...


¦ Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. Inc., announced the expansion of its line of large IC pneumatic lift trucks to include four new models, 33,000-, 40,000-, 44,000- and 51,000-pound capacities at a 36” load center. Designed for challenging work environments, the expanded product line is built to handle more applications, including ports, construction, lumber yards, metal fabricators, and concrete and masonry yards.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

¦ The Massachusetts Port Authority Board approved a $3 million loan to Delta Air Lines for the purchase of battery-powered baggage cart tugs and battery-powered baggage conveyor belt vehicles which will reduce emissions and improve the air quality around Boston Logan International Airport. As part of the replacement of Terminal A, Delta agreed to introduce battery-powered tugs and belt loaders for their ground service fleet at Terminal A, which opened in 2005. Delta will purchase 50 electric baggage cart tugs, 25 electric baggage conveyor belt vehicles, and charging stations for each vehicle. Terminal A is the world’s first LEED certified airline terminal. The conversion of the fleet is due to occur by the end of 2009.

¦ Menzies announced the award of the ground handling contract by Air Berlin in Gothenburg, which commenced on Aug. 31, 2009. The award of the ground handling contract contributes to the development of our Gothenburg - Landvetter station, according to the company. It will provide both passenger and ramp handling services to Air Berlin, based on six flights per week for a contract period of three years. Since May 2009, Menzies has also been handling Air Berlin at Oslo Airport.

¦ Arrow Cargo, a Miami-based freighter operator covering the whole of Central and South America, has appointed Unitpool to secure its ULD supply and management requirements. According to the company, working with Unitpool will provide Arrow with the flexibility and reliability that it needs to secure the commitments of its scheduled and charter operations, and to focus on its growth plans outside of South America. The agreement, which includes the acquisition of the Arrow’s ULDs, full management services,repairs, procurement and integration within Unitpool’s R7 fleet, will commence September 1, 2009.

¦ Pendulum Services LLC announced that it has signed a teaming agreement with I.D. Systems Inc. to supply I.D. Systems’ PowerFleet® and AVRamp® vehicle management systems to the U.S. military and other U.S. Government customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Pendulum is an authorized partner of I.D. Systems, providing the wireless technology provider’s comprehensive industrial fleet management solutions as sales or services.

¦ ASIG® announced today that it has renewed agreements with Delta Air Lines to provide aircraft refueling services at 16 airports across the United States. Airports include Los Angeles (LAX), Baltimore Washington (BWI), Pittsburgh (PIT), San Diego (SAN), Tampa (TPA) and Bradley (BDL) International Airports.

¦ Menzies Aviation Amsterdam announced the award of the full ground handling contract by Air Arabia Maroc. The Middle East and North Africa’s leading low cost carrier commenced on August 3 a new route between Maroc and The Netherlands, initially operated three times per week by an Airbus 320. The company will provide both passenger and ramp handling services to Air Arabia Maroc. This is the second new low-cost carrier which starts an operation at Amsterdam in 2009, Norwegian being the other airline which started in April. Both new carriers are handled by the Menzies Aviation Low Cost division.

¦ National Aviation Services announced the signing of an agreement with Royal Jordanian Airlines for the provision of ground handling and support services at the Kuwait International Airport. Though Tunisair has been operating to Kuwait for a number of years now, this agreement marks the transfer of ground handling service providers. Through this agreement, NAS will provide Tunisair with airline ground handling services like ground/ramp support, passenger services and cargo management. Passengers traveling on Tunisair will have the option of two flights from Kuwait to Tunis, and through this will be able to connect to around 53 destinations worldwide. They will also be able to take advantage of other value added services provided by NAS like the Meet & Assist, the Pearl Lounge for First & Business Class Passengers and the soon to be launched exclusive Derwaza Lounge.

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