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Business Buzz ¦ Representatives from global passenger air carriers, air freight carriers and ground handling companies recently attended a “green“ ground support equipment (GSE) open house hosted by JBT AeroTech in Orlando, Florida. The open...


¦ JBT Corporation announced
that its JBT AeroTech business
has been awarded contracts by China Southern Airlines for airport ground support equipment totaling $6.4 million. The order includes the supply of JBT AeroTech’s Commander 15i and 30i cargo loaders and Expediter towbarless pushback
and maintenance tow tractors. Equipment delivery is scheduled for the second quarter of 2009.

¦ Aviapartner announces the signature of two new handling contracts with Malev Hungarian Airlines and Aegean Airlines for Brussels. Since Feb. 16, Aviapartner has been handling Malev’s 14 weekly flights in Brussels, mostly operated with B737 aircraft. The contract covers full handling services, which include passenger services (check-in, boarding assistance, baggage tracing services, ticketing), aircraft handling (loading and unloading of baggage and freight, ground power, cleaning, water and sanitary services, freight and baggage transfer, headset, pushback and towing), and traffic operations (flight documentation, communication, crew briefing and flight supervision). As from the summer season 2009, Aviapartner will handle Aegean Airlines’ daily flight in Brussels, operated with 150-seater aircraft. The contract also covers full handling services.

¦ Phoenix International Ventures Inc. announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Phoenix Aerospace Inc., has received a $209,300 purchase order to supply ground equipment to a major aerospace corporation. Since December 1, 2008, the company has booked orders of over $1 million for ground support equipment for major aerospace companies.

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¦ Swissport International has appointed a new overall head of its South African operations: Lothar Kilchenmann, who served until recently as head of sales and marketing at Swissport Zurich, will assume his new duties as CEO of Swissport South Africa on May 1.

¦ Globaljet Corporation, a leading provider of professional charter management, announced today that aviation industry veteran Tim Spahr has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO).

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