News in the Brief

¦ 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...


¦ SMS Holdings, a provider of security and facility management services and parent company of PrimeFlight and FirstLine in the aviation realm, announced a major business expansion with the acquisition of Brantley Services of Louisville, Ky., according to Keith Wolken, chairman. The Brantley Services asset acquisition includes companies that have combined annual revenues exceeding $35 million and employ more than 1700 individuals nationwide: Brantley Security, a company that provides security services for office buildings, retailers, distribution facilities, and other clients; Block by Block, which provides cleaning and safety services to the Business Improvement Districts of more than 30 cities across the country; Brantley Usher, which is the provider of hosting and event management services at major sporting and entertainment events, such as the Kentucky Derby.

¦ National Aviation Services (NAS) has won the deal for a comprehensive security handling service to Delta Airlines. NAS will provide passenger, security, cargo and ramp handling for Delta Airlines at Kuwait International Airport. Delta Airlines will initially be operating four flights a week between Kuwait International Airport and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia, USA.

¦ Representatives of the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh visited Sheffield to gain maintenance and systems training on the airport baggage handling systems supplied by Geo Robson & Co (Conveyors) Ltd of Darnall. Four visitors from ZIA International Airport, Dhaka, Bangladesh, took a tour of Robson’s recent installations including Gatwick, Heathrow and Birmingham airports. The systems training took place at Robson’s Sheffield factory, and included the electrical and mechanical installation, commissioning and maintenance of the system. Robson was recently awarded a contract to supply ZIA International Airport with two new state-of-the-art Friction Drive Baggage Carousels each 88 metres long, with the refurbishment and expansion of two more, expanding the original carousels from 66 meters to 88 meters.

¦ Delhi International Airport Ltd. has awarded Siemens Mobility a contract to supply a baggage handling system for the new Terminal 3 at Delhi International Airport (IATA code: DEL). The system will have a throughput of more than 11,300 pieces of baggage per hour. A baggage X-ray system for full inspection will also be integrated. The total value of the contract amounts to 36 million euros. Completion of the project is scheduled for March 2010.

¦ Menzies Aviation announced that it has secured a ramp handling contract from Air France. The new contract complements the passenger services and aircraft maintenance support services provided by Menzies Aviation to Air France in Houston. The airline operates two flights daily between Paris and Houston using Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 aircraft.

¦ ASIG announced it has been awarded ground handling services for LAN’s 19 weekly flights at JFK International Airport (JFK). ASIG is providing the carrier with ramp services, cabin cleaning, cargo transportation and aircraft deicing services. In February, ASIG was also awarded a ground handling contract for the carrier at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

¦ Fraport Cargo Services announced it took over the cargo handling for AirBridgeCargo at Frankfurt Airport Aug. 1, 2008. After intense negotiations, AirBridgeCargo decided in favor of the Fraport subsidiary. Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) will provide the physical and document handling of the flights of the Russian airline within the scope of a long-term handling contract starting August.

¦ INET Airport Systems is pleased to announced the award of a $2.4 million dollar contract with the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. This project requires the supply and installation of 34 air handling units at Terminals A and C, replacing the 20 year plus Teledyne Inet units. These new air handlers will provide state-of-the-art air conditioning to the parked aircraft, and are connected to the chilled water and glycol provided from the airport’s central utility plant. This provision of this new equipment eliminates the need of running the aircraft’s APUs, which results in fuel savings for the airlines and assists the airport in emissions reduction. The project is scheduled to be completed in February 2009.

¦ Swissport International has been awarded a license to provide services at 10 airports in South Africa. The license, which will enter into effect Sept. 1 and will be valid for five years (with the option of a subsequent five-year renewal), will enable Swissport to further expand its present ground handling activities.

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