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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...


¦ JBT Corporation announced that JBT AeroTech has initiated new service and maintenance operations at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The contract has a three-year term and is expected to generate in excess of $5 million in revenue over the life of the contract. The scope of the contract includes operating and maintaining the new baggage handling system for Terminal 2, monitoring and maintaining all of the gate systems across Terminals 1 and 2, and implementing a customized computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) to provide improved maintenance efficiency and reliability.

¦ After intensive negotiations with the liquidator and creditor banks, the special-vehicle manufacturer SCHOPF announced it would take over the business activities of the insolvent Rofan GmbH in terms of an asset deal. As of Nov. 1, 2008, the personnel and business assets were incorporated in the new company, SCHOPF ROFAN GmbH, based in Ostfildern. Rofan is a manufacturer of small tractors for handling luggage and freight at airports as well as for operation in industrial and logistical facilities.

¦ Checkport, Swissport International’s aviation security subsidiary, has been contracted by Airports Company South Africa for passenger screening activities at Johannesburg Airport from Nov. 1 to perform thorough screening of persons and goods to ensure that optimum security is consistently maintained. As well as its new Johannesburg duties, Checkport already provides various services at nine other South African airports.

¦ A deal has recently been agreed upon between Kilfrost and Flybe. Flybe is the first airline in the world to use Kilfrost’s new deicing fluid DFsustain, which the company estimates, based on previous year’s usage, has the potential to further significantly reduce the airline’s carbon footprint by about 125 tons. Developed using a corn sugar-based glycol called Susterra® Propanediol, created by DuPont Tate and Lyle Bio Products, DFsustain eschews more traditional crude-oil derived glycol for a completely sustainable source and has the potential to use up to 40-percent less energy in manufacturing than more traditional fluids.

¦ Swissport Fueling Services reported a commission from Southwest Airlines for the carrier’s Chicago Midway hub: Swissport now conducts into-plane fueling for 17 airlines at Dallas/Fort Worth, the world’s third-biggest airport and the fifth-most-important in the USA in fueling terms. Swissport is now fueling more than 2000 aircraft a month under the new commission, which commenced Nov. 1.

¦ Global engineering group, Cavotec MSL Holdings Ltd., is pleased to announce the acquisition of Meyerinck Group, based in Fernwald, Germany. The transaction became effective Nov. 1, 2008. Meyerinck designs and manufactures advanced refueling and loading systems for the supply of aircraft fuel, and chemical and petrochemical liquids.

¦ Swissport International has been awarded a seven-year license to perform passenger ground handling at Luxembourg Airport. The new operation is timetabled to begin during the first quarter of 2009. Swissport has been awarded a license by Luxembourg’s ministry of transport which will enable the world’s leading ground handler to offer the full range of passenger and ramp services at Luxembourg Airport.

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¦ Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation announced that Kevin Gordon has been promoted to the position of director of maintenance, reporting directly to managing director of maintenance Ed Baranowski. In his new position, Kevin will be responsible for maintenance control, planning; heavy maintenance; technical stores; powerplant operations, and production control at the Philadelphia, Norfolk and Milwaukee maintenance facilities.

¦ ASIG® announced that Sami Teittinen has been named chief financial officer of ASIG. His appointment is effective Dec. 1, 2008. Teittinen joined ASIG in 2002
and most recently served as vice president, finance.

¦ Menzies Aviation announced that Neal A. Moran has joined its American business in the role of VP cargo. Moran will report to John Redmond, SVP Americas, and will be responsible for all the cargo operations in the Americas region — comprising 21 warehouses at 10 airports across the USA and Canada.

¦ The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named Larry Austin as the federal security director for Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

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