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Business Buzz ¦ The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its airline financial forecast for 2009 to a global loss of $9 billion. It is nearly double the association’s March estimate of a $4.7 billion loss, reflecting a rapidly...


¦ Cavotec MSL’s airports market unit announced it has won a series of orders for in-ground fueling systems from major airports in Canada and the U.S., including Chicago O’Hare International and Hartsfield-Jackson International. Cavotec will supply three isolation valve pit assemblies, four fuel hydrant pit systems, one high point vent pit assembly and two low point drain pit assemblies for O’Hare International. The systems are due for delivery in August. In a further order for Hartsfield-Jackson International, Cavotec is delivering two refueling pit systems; including fuel hydrant pits and access cover sets. Elsewhere, Cavotec is to supply three 480V/250A hatch systems, including pit components, accessories and related material for installation at Anchorage International Airport. Delivery is scheduled for the end of August. Construction of the hatch system will start in June, and will be operational in September.

¦ proveo, part of Zebra Enterprise Solutions at Zebra Technologies and a software provider addressing the real-time requirements of ground handlers, airlines and other aviation service providers, announced the signing of a major contract with Abu Dhabi Airport Services (ADAS). ADAS provides ground services at the airports of Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain, Al-Bateen, Delma and Al-Dhafra, all located in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. It followed a trial project for some 50 units of GSE in 2008. ADAS has now selected proveo to roll out the proveo system to their entire fleet of GSE, amounting to a total of 472 units. Fifty of these units belong to Abu Dhabi’s in-flight catering company. The proveo hardware Infoman will be installed on a large variety of GSE, covering among others, GPUs, ACUs, conveyor belts, baggage tractors, pushback tractors, passenger buses and water trucks.

¦ Polet Airlines recently announced plans to start scheduled cargo services using the newly launched IL-96-400T freighter. This brand new aircraft, which burns 25 - 30 percent less fuel than the Boeing 747-200F, can accommodate up to 34 PMC pallets in a 25 upper deck and nine lower deck configuration. Polet have appointed Unitpool to supply and manage their ULD requirements.

¦ Gate Gourmet, a member of gategroup, has purchased United Airlines flight kitchen at Tokyos Narita Airport and has taken over catering and provisioning of United flights in the strategic Asian location under a new long-term contract. The transaction closed on June 1, 2009, and will more than double Gate Gourmet Japans meal production capacity at Narita. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

¦ JBT Corporation announced that the state of Hawaii awarded a $10 million contract to its JBT AeroTech business. The contract includes the supply of 15 new passenger boarding bridges and associated equipment for gates in the Diamond Head and Ewa concourses at the Honolulu International Airport. This is the third phase of the Hawaii Airports Modernization Program at Honolulu and represents the sixth project of upgrading passenger boarding bridges that the state has completed. JBT AeroTech has supplied all 56 of the bridges that have been included in these six projects.

¦ Cargo Airport Services USA LLC has been awarded the cargo warehouse and ramp handling contract with China Airlines at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). CAS will handle China Airlines in DFW at the CAS cargo facility that includes ramp parking for wide body aircraft.

¦ Cavotec MSL is to supply a range of in-ground electrical systems to power F-22 fighter aircraft during maintenance operations at the United States Air Force base at Elmendorf, Alaska. Cavotec is to supply several 480V, 120V, and 270Vdc pop-up pedestal units that will be embedded into the floor of a new hangar at Elmendorf. Deliveries are due to start late summer this year, and continue into early 2010.

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¦ Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A. Inc. announced several management changes, including the appointment of Mark Steenrod to the position of national dealer development manager; Jewell Brown to national fleet sales & operations manager; and Payman Shabbak, who now serves as national strategic planning and pricing manager.

¦ American Airlines announced the appointments of Kenji Hashimoto
to the position of vice president-strategic alliances and Don Casey to the position of vice president-revenue management. Hashimoto joined American in 1998 and has held a series of managerial positions of increasing responsibility within the finance and planning organization. Casey joined American in 2000 as managing director-capacity planning.

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