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¦ Kuwait’s National Aviation Services (NAS), a provider of airport ground handling services to airlines at the Kuwait International Airport, announced that the company has successfully completed its EASA Audit conducted by the European Aviation...


¦ Kuwait’s National Aviation Services (NAS), a provider of airport ground handling services to airlines at the Kuwait International Airport, announced that the company has successfully completed its EASA Audit conducted by the European Aviation Safety Agency, the leading aviation safety agency.

¦ Aviapartner Cargo has recently signed a major contract with Turkish Airlines covering its four online stations of Paris-CDG, Lyon, Nice, and Strasbourg and all offline stations in France — a total coverage of 14 airports including all national and trucking distribution. The contract, effective July 21, 2008, represents a total volume of about 10,000 tons per year. Aviapartner Cargo will provide Turkish Airlines with full cargo-handling services within the scope of this contract: warehousing, ULD build-up and breakdown, inventory control, documentation for import and export, customs clearance, tracing, and dangerous goods handling.

¦ Casper/Natrona County International Airport officials announced that Casper Area Economic Development Alliance (CAEDA) and the Economic Development Joint Powers Board (JPB) will each provide up to $25,000 to purchase ground support equipment for the airport’s use. The funds will be used to purchase a baggage tug, six baggage carts and one belt loader.

¦ AERO Specialties announced that following the European Business Aviation Association trade show in Geneva last May, the company has begun working with distributors throughout the European Union. Following EBACE, Bob McMichael, VP of sales & marketing at AERO, traveled extensively throughout Europe meeting with established GSE distributors who were eager to take on another quality product line. In addition to working directly with distributors, AERO expects to open a distribution center in the EU soon. AERO is currently evaluating distribution centers in Italy, France, The Netherlands and the UK.

¦ JBT AeroTech, formerly FMC Technologies, introduced the new B-1200 aircraft tow tractor for aircraft ranging from the B737/A320 to the B747. The B-1200 includes an all new body designed around a Tier III/COM 3 Cummins QSCB8.3 engine and Kessler axles, which are known for their heavy duty welded construction and durability. Customers can choose from a wide range of options such as air conditioning, lift cab, hydraulic jacking system and rear driver’s station.

¦ The DEUTZ Group announced it has significantly increased its revenue and unit sales in the first six months of 2008 compared with the corresponding period of last year. Revenue rose by 15 percent to €825.5 million (H1 2007: €717.7 million) on the back of the strong performance in Europe and continued growth in Asia. Unit sales advanced by 10.5 percent to 148,687 engines (H1 2007: 134,619). The improvement in revenue was one of the main reasons why earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) rose by 7.9 percent to €43.6 million in the first half of 2008 (H1 2007: €40.4 million).

¦ Global Ground Support LLC recently received two separate orders for its model ER2875 “Extended Reach” Mobile Aircraft Deicer for deicing the Airbus A380. Two units will be delivered to a service provider at Heathrow Airport in London and another two units to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to a supplier who provides the deicing services for the Airbus A380 operated by Emirates. The ER2875 is the world’s tallest deicer, with a working height of 78 feet (24m), side reach of 58 feet (17.7m) and fluid capacity of 2800 gallons (10,584 liters). The ER2875 has been in production since 2002 with 40 units in service worldwide and 13 units scheduled for delivery in 2008/09.
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