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Business Buzz ¦ The International Air Transport Association announced its forecast for 2009 showing an industry loss of $2.5 billion. All regions, except the US, are expected to report larger losses in 2009 than in 2008. Industry revenues are...


¦ Aviance announced the addition of Thai Airports Ground Services Co. Ltd. (TAGS) to its international ground handling alliance. TAGS was established in Thailand in July 1990 as a private sector enterprise motivated by a common desire to provide customers with the benefit of an alternative and highly focused, comprehensive ground handling service. Today TAGS has an affiliation with the Airports of Thailand Public Company Limited (AOT), which was corporatized from the former state-owned Airports Authority of Thailand (AAT) to a public limited company in September 2002.

¦ Global engineering group, Cavotec MSL, has secured an order for the delivery of 53 integrated ground support systems and associated equipment with Saudi Oger, one of the major construction companies in Saudi Arabia. The order includes 53 in-ground pit systems, of which five are pop-up pits — units that emerge from the tarmac when required, and retract flush with the apron surface after use — and 24 converters, and associated material. Cavotec’s in-ground systems supply aircraft with fuel, power, water and pre-conditioned air, eliminating the need for service vehicles, diesel generators, cables and hoses that typically cover much of the area around parked aircraft.

¦ Swissport International, a provider of airport ground services to the aviation sector, has concluded a multi-year collaboration agreement with South African Airways. Under the new accord, Swissport will provide ground handling services for some 60,000 flights a year of South Africa’s national carrier at Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, East London and George airports. The agreement will run from 2009 to 2014.

¦ Siemens announced it was awarded a contract from Southwest Airlines for the turnkey integration of the mechanical, electrical and software systems for the baggage handling system in Terminal 1/Node 5A at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. The new Node 5A system will increase screened-baggage throughput. The new system is expected to process up to 2,000 bags per hour with a four-machine matrix and will be an extension of the current Node 5 system.

¦ JBT Corporation announced that its JBT AeroTech business has been awarded a new airport services contract with the city of Houston, Texas. The three-year contract, with options for an additional two years, is expected to generate in excess of $7.5 million in revenue over the initial three years of the contract. JBT AeroTech will provide comprehensive gate and baggage handling maintenance services for the equipment that the Houston Airport System owns at George Bush International Airport/Houston (IAH) and at William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). JBT AeroTech will also implement a customized Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) in an effort to provide improved maintenance efficiency and reliability.

¦ Swissport International, a provider of ground services to the aviation sector, announced that it will be ceasing its ground handling operations in Singapore at the end of March 2009 for economic reasons and further focusing its activities on other Asian markets. Swissport said the business continuity for all Swissport customers during the transition period is secured and also fair severance arrangements have been devised for the employees affected.

¦ Global engineering group, Cavotec MSL, has won two orders for ground support systems and associated equipment from Shanghai Hongqiao International and Guangzhou Baiyun International airports in China, as part of the airports’ expansion programs. At Shanghai Hongqiao, Cavotec is supplying 57 coilers and 26 vault access covers as part of the airport’s expansion that includes a 250,000m² terminal building and a new 3,300-meter runway. Cavotec will deliver 28 coilers for the second phase of Baiyun’s Terminal 1 development program.

¦ JBT Corporation announced that JBT AeroTech has been awarded the maintenance service contract for John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. The contract is for three years and is expected to generate in excess of $13 million in revenue over the life of the contract. The contract also includes an option to extend for two additional one-year periods. The scope of the contract includes monitoring and maintaining all passenger boarding bridges, pre-conditioned air units, aircraft ground power units and baggage handling systems at the airport. JBT AeroTech, a former wholly owned FMC Technologies’ subsidiary, has been providing John Wayne Airport with maintenance and management services since 1992.

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