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Business Buzz ¦ Menzies Aviation announced that it has been awarded the ground handling and cabin cleaning contract for Qantas Airways in Los Angeles (LAX). Qantas Airways, which has the highest number of flights of all international carriers in LAX...


Business Buzz

¦ Menzies Aviation announced that it has been awarded the ground handling and cabin cleaning contract for Qantas Airways in Los Angeles (LAX). Qantas Airways, which has the highest number of flights of all international carriers in LAX, awarded Menzies Aviation a three-year contract for ground handling and cabin cleaning services.

¦ ASIG® announced that its Denver International Airport (DEN) fuel facility operation received the Bronze Achiever Award from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The Bronze Achiever Award recognizes facilities that have made significant achievements in improving the environment of Colorado. ASIG maintains and operates the DEN fuel system on behalf of a 22-member airline consortium serving the airport.

¦ Fraport AG announced October
traffic figures. From January to October 2008, FRA recorded a 0.6 percent increase in airfreight tonnage to 1,732,053 metric tons, while passenger figures slipped by
0.4 percent to 45,801,555 and aircraft movements sank by 0.8 percent to 410,795. For the entire year of 2008, Fraport is expecting passenger traffic to drop between 1.0 and 1.5 percent. However, Fraport expects the particularly attractive intercontinental segment to continue growing by about 1 percent. Groupwide, Fraport also sees about a 1 percent gain in passenger figures for the entire year.

¦ Menzies Aviation announced that its subsidiary company, Menzies Aviation Denmark ApS, has petitioned for bankruptcy. Menzies’ lead customer in Copenhagen was Sterling Airlines, which filed for bankruptcy Oct. 29. Menzies handled 40 flights per day on behalf of Sterling and without the continued business, Menzies said it was unable to operate a viable business.

¦ SITA announced that its BagManager system is now being used by 44 international and domestic airlines at Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport, providing tracking and reconciliation for more than five million checked bags each year. Baggage reconciliation is an automated system providing a positive match between passengers and their bags, which ensures that both travel together on the same aircraft.

¦ FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world’s largest express transportation company, announced an updated schedule of operations for its new Asia-Pacific Hub at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, in southern China. Now in the testing phase, the new Asia-Pacific Hub is expected to be fully operational the first half of 2009. The new hub features its own ramp control tower —a first for an international air express cargo company facility in China.

¦ JLG Industries Inc., along with its parent company, Oshkosh Corporation, broke ground for a new manufacturing facility in Tianjin, China. The new facility will produce JLG® access equipment specifically for the Asian market. The company opened an office in Beijing in 2002 to enhance responsiveness for its Chinese customers in the shipyard, construction, airport, hotel, industrial and maintenance industries.

¦ Cavotec MSL announced it has completed a two-week series of intensive trials of its patented PCAir aircraft cooling system with Airbus at the group’s production plant in Toulouse, France. The PCAir system cooled Airbus’ largest wide body aircraft, the A380, in less than 30 minutes. The PCAir system is scheduled to go on sale during the second half of 2009.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

¦ National Aviation Services announced that it has been appointed both ground handling agent as well as general cargo sales agents for Delta Air Lines in Kuwait. According to this agreement, NAS will provide Delta Air Lines with passenger services, line maintenance, cargo services, security services and ramp handling in addition to serving as a general sales agent for cargo at the Kuwait International Airport.

¦ Swissport International announced it has secured a commission to take over security for Delta Air Lines at Kiev Airport. The new services will be provided from Dec. 1.

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