News in Brief

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...

¦ Aviapartner announced it has appointed Laurent Levaux at the top of the Aviapartner group. As CEO, Laurent Levaux is taking over the daily leadership of the whole Aviapartner network. Since 2003, Laurent Levaux was CEO of ABX LOGISTICS, which recently merged with the Danish group DSV and is one of the world’s top 15 freight forwarders (international transport by air, road and sea).

¦ West Star Aviation Inc. announced it has named Dave Krogman general manager of its Grand Junction, Colo., facility. Krogman will replace Rick Brainard, who vacated the position to become West Star Aviation’s new vice president of sales. Krogman will oversee all day-to-day operational activities at the full-service aircraft maintenance facility and FBO.

¦ Doug Herring, president and CEO of American Beacon Advisors up until its recent sale, has been named vice president — operations finance and strategic planning at American Airlines. He will be responsible for the financial activities related to American’s Operations function, as well as oversee the group’s strategic planning activities.

By the Numbers
AirTran Airways Ground Handling (GSE)
Baggage Cart 945 Wasp and Parkan
Belt loaders 123 Tug
Tugs 249 Tug/Clark/Tiger
Pushback Tractor 87 Tug/FMC
Towbarless Tractor 4 FMC/TLD
GPUs 55 Davco/Hobart/Arvico
Air Start 15 Tug
Passenger Stairs 8 Towed/ 2 Trucks
Forklifts 15 Hyster/Nissan
Tow bars 222 Hall / 717--737
Lav Service Cart 12 Parkan/Phoenix
Lav Service truck 15 Ace-tld/Phoenix
Shuttle Bus 2 Ford
Electric Cart (Tug) 6 Tug
Man lifts 14 Hi-reach /upright
Maintenance lift 7 Lift aloft
Deicing truck 13 Global
Fueling truck 1 Isuzu
Catering Truck 26 Global/Tesco/Hiway
Golf Carts 12 Club Car
A/C-Heater Cart 14 TLD
Cold buster 46 Spencer/Tug
Box truck 4 Isuzu
Pickup Truck 35 mostly Ford
Vans 12 mostly Ford
Boom lift 4 JLG/Broderson
Mobile Cranes 2 Broderson
Type of Aircraft & numbers of each:
86 Boeing 717, 52 Boeing 737
How much equipment is owned/leased?
All ground equipment is owned.
What is the avg life cycle/expectancy for equipment?
About 10 to 15 years depending on the equipment
Projected equipment buys in 2008. 1 water cart, 6 GPU, 2 pick up trucks
in 2009
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