News in Brief

¦ The Hammonds Companies decided to give away an Omni Directional Vehicle to one winner in 2008. The Houston-based company announced its first ever “Go ODV 2008 Give Away.” Entries may be submitted online at both www.HammondsCos.com and...


¦ The Hammonds Companies decided to give away an Omni Directional Vehicle to one winner in 2008. The Houston-based company announced its first ever “Go ODV 2008 Give Away.” Entries may be submitted online at both www.HammondsCos.com and www.HammondsODV.com, or at any number of aviation industry trade shows across the country in which the company will be participating this year. A drawing will be held on Dec. 1, 2008, with winner notification occurring on Dec. 15th.

¦ CeoTronics introduced the first wireless digital headset for push back operations featuring full-duplex-communication. For the first time, pilot and the ground handler can simultaneously speak with each other and listen at the same time. The CT-DECT GateCom Headset with noise compensating electret microphone provides a digital platform for the wireless communication between aircraft cockpit and ground crew, of up to eight people, even under noise from running jet engines or rotors.

¦ Menzies Aviation has secured a three-year contract from Turkish Airlines to provide full handling services at the Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport and the Cape Town International Airport in South Africa. The airline currently operates three weekly flights to Johannesburg, using A330-200 aircraft, which then continue to Cape Town before returning to Istanbul, Turkey, again via Johannesburg.

¦ Honeywell International, a diversified technology and manufacturing group, has agreed to an expanded contract with Malaysia-based airline AirAsia. Under the new agreement, Honeywell’s auxiliary power unit will provide air conditioning, main engine starting and electrical power for AirAsia’s recent order of up to 125 Airbus A320 aircraft. Honeywell has also signed a maintenance agreement with AirAsia to service the APUs. The new A320 aircraft are scheduled for delivery between 2009 and 2013. The two companies agreed upon a similar contract in 2006 for AirAsia’s first 100 aircraft, Honeywell said.

¦ Reveal Imaging Technologies Inc., a developer of advanced security inspection systems, announced that it has been awarded contracts with the Beijing Capital International Airport Authority and Chinese government agency for CT-80 automated explosives detection systems (EDS) to be used for Olympic security. The Reveal CT-80 was selected after receiving certification from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) for EDS deployment in Chinese airports. Government agencies around the world have chosen the CT-80 for explosives screening for aviation and event security at high-risk facilities. The US Transportation Security Administration currently has more than 200 CT-80 systems in use for checked baggage screening at more than 70 US airports.

¦ FMC Technologies Inc. announced that its newly formed FoodTech and Airport Systems company, John Bean Technologies Corporation (JBT Corporation), has filed a Form 10 registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. In late October 2007, FMC Technologies announced its intent to combine its FoodTech and Airport Systems businesses into a separate, publicly traded company and distribute the shares to its stockholders in a tax-free spin-off. FMC estimates that the distribution will occur in mid-2008.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

¦ Aviapartner Handling announced a ground handling contract with KLM in Marseille, Nice and Toulouse. In Toulouse, Aviapartner will be handling KLM’s three daily flights as of June 3, 2008. In Nice, KLM will switch to Aviapartner Handling as of June 17 for its four daily flights and in Marseille, as of Sept. 30, 2008, for its three daily flights. All these flights are operated with Fokker 70 and Fokker 100 aircraft. In total, this represents an important increase in volume for these stations, totalling 3,500 flights per year.

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