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...


¦ Descartes Systems Group, a global on-demand software-as-a-service (SaaS) logistics solutions provider, announced that Etihad Crystal Cargo, a division of Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, has selected Descartes’ Global Logistics Network (GLN) as its preferred global provider of air cargo electronic data interchange (EDI) services. Descartes will provide a range of electronic communications services aimed at strengthening links between Etihad’s cargo division and its trading partners and freight forwarding customers around the world. Descartes’ Global Logistics Network helps airlines, like Etihad Crystal Cargo, meet global customs requirements; monitor shipments (at a master air waybill level between airports, monitor events and match route map milestones against actual event timing); simplify shipment management and invoicing; consolidate status data of multiple route maps to obtain statistical data about; improve transportation quality; and transmit accurate tracking updates to customers.

¦ Cargologic is expanding its network in Europe by taking over responsibility for the 3,500 sqm warehouse currently operated by its sister company, Airport Cargo Handling B.V. The cargo warehouse at Schiphol-South, Amsterdam, has been renovated over the last two months to prepare it for new and existing customers. The building offers 10 truck docks, is equipped with an ETV system with refrigerated ULD storage spaces, and is located only 300m from the transfer point with fast, undisturbed and secure access to the ramp.

¦ Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, announced follow-on contracts worth $25.2 million from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for additional Advanced Threat Identification X-Ray (aTiX) systems. The contract awards follow an initial TSA order of $21 million in October 2007, following successful trials at airports across the United States. aTiX is already widely used in UK airports. The TSA is deploying aTiX systems across the country and has already completed checkpoint installations at Albuquerque and Denver International airports.

¦ ASIG® announced today that United Airlines has renewed its interior cabin grooming contract with ASIG at London Heathrow Airport (LHR). ASIG has been providing grooming services to United Airlines at LHR since 2004 and serves approximately 70 aircraft weekly for the carrier.

¦ Global engineering company, Cavotec MSL, announced it has incorporated Cavotec Belgium NV as the newest edition to their international operations. Cavotec Belgium NV has been acting as a branch office for Cavotec MSL for the last two years.

¦ Aviapartner Cargo has recently signed a major contract with Air Transat covering its whole French network for the provision of full cargo handling services. The contract, effective since July 13, covers all of Aviapartner Cargo’s online French stations with full distribution in France. Aviapartner Cargo provides Air Transat with full cargo handling services in Paris-CDG, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, and Basel-Mulhouse: warehousing, ULD build-up and breakdown, inventory control, documentation for import and export, customs clearance, tracing and dangerous goods handling.

People in the News

¦ American Eagle announced changes
in leadership at its San Juan-based Executive Airlines operation in which Ed Criner, Executive’s current president, will return mainland to oversee one of American Eagle’s largest operations at Chicago O’Hare airport, and Pedro Fabregas, vice president - finance and planning for Executive, will become president - Executive Airlines.

¦ Alvy Dodson, the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) federal security director (FSD) at Dallas Love Field Airport, has joined Chicago-based Priva Technologies Inc. as executive vice president of Priva’s Cleared Travel Corp. subsidiary to oversee deployment of its Cleared(R) authentication technology at major airports, Jeff Minushkin, the company’s chairman and CEO announced. The company says its Cleared technology validates credentials of airport employees through the use of high-tech badges and a security platform incorporating the only biometrically enabled microchip for commercial use ever to receive the government’s FIPS140-2 Level 3 certification.

¦ Dubai-based Emirates Airline has appointed Greg Johnson as its new cargo manager of Australia. Johnson joined the Emirates SkyCargo team as New South Wales cargo manager when Emirates launched services to Sydney eight years ago, and was responsible for establishing the cargo arm of the business in Australia’s busiest air freight airport.

¦ Delta Air Lines Inc. announced its plans for the composition of its senior leadership team after it acquires Northwest Airlines Corp. later this year. The Atlanta-based carrier said it expects the transition of Northwest’s operations into Delta to last 12 to 24 months. As previously announced, Delta Chief Executive Richard Anderson will lead the combined airline. Delta said that its president and chief financial officer, Ed Bastian, will remain in that position. Bastian will also be the chief executive and president of Northwest until Delta completely integrates its operations with Northwest.

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