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Business Buzz ¦ Continental Airlines has received an award from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Design for the Environment Program in recognition of the airline’s use of an environmentally friendly, non-chromium surface pretreatment...


¦ Swissport has also reported further commercial success and new business agreements at Athens Airport from April 1. Jet2.com, Albanian Airlines and Volare have all signed up to receive Swissport services at Athens. Monarch Airlines has entrusted all its ground handling to Swissport, not only in Athens but also on the four Greek islands served by the UK-based carrier.

¦ In an effort to further bolster airport security, the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and a number of representatives from key airports across the country are working to create, through a detailed concept of operations, a biometric-based solution for the next generation of aviation worker credentialing and access control. The effort — known as the Biometric Airport Security Identification Consortium (BASIC) — is aimed at utilizing the experience and expertise of the airport community to ensure that ongoing efforts to deploy biometric-based systems in airports come to fruition as quickly as possible in a manner that does not disrupt airport operations or diminish security.

¦ Snodgrass & Sons Construction has begun work on a new cargo building at Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. The building will replace the existing cargo building that will be demolished next year to make way for a new terminal. The 48,000-square-foot cargo building is scheduled for completion in early February. It will cost about $6 million and will be funded from airport revenue. The building is used by air cargo companies for storage of goods in transit and for offices.

¦ AA Cargo President Dave Brooks accepted the International Airline of the Year award, as well as additional recognition for a second place finish in the competition among US airlines for Best Domestic Carrier. The awards are determined by an annual survey of XLA members who use the services of carriers for their express deliveries around the world.

¦ eTug LLC today announced that GAT Airline Ground Support headquartered in Mobile, Ala., have purchased eTugs for several California operations. With fuel prices rising fast and California’s mandatory requirements to reduce emissions on the horizon, GAT decided to act now.

¦ Panasonic Computer Solutions Company introduced upgrades to its Panasonic Toughbook 19 rugged convertible tablet computer. The next generation Toughbook 19F convertible tablet PC joins Panasonic’s flagship Toughbook 30F clamshell notebook with its incorporation of the Core 2 Duo processor and expanded memory capabilities. The 5.1 lb Toughbook 19 also offers an optional integrated camera for use in inspection and incident documentation applications for which the convertible tablet has become widely deployed in military, government and commercial applications.

¦ A new airport animal facility has been launched by Lufthansa Cargo in Frankfurt, Germany. The new Frankfurt Animal Lounge near Gate 26 in the north of the airport offers a total floor space of 3,750 m2 for the departments for animal transports, which were previously dispersed around the airport complex.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

¦ ASIG® announced that it has been awarded a new contract with US Airways to provide aircraft fueling service to the carrier’s 32 daily flights at Los Angeles International Airport.

¦ Ship it AOG announced it has signed a definitive agreement with Unitron LP to become a factory-authorized distributor for its new aircraft ground power products. Since 2002, Ship it AOG has worked closely with Unitron to sell and lease previously owned ground power units (GPUs). All products are factory-tested and repaired by Unitron prior to sale, with a warranty provided by Ship it AOG. Under the new agreement, Ship it AOG will market and warehouse Unitron’s 400 Hz GPUs and PwrKart™ frequency converters, dramatically reducing the lead time for delivery of product.

¦ Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation announced an expanded agreement with United Airlines, which adds ramp services to the overwing (passenger) services. Air Wisconsin currently performs at United’s Washington Dulles (IAD) hub, and also increases from 23 to 27 the number of cities throughout the United States in which Air Wisconsin provides complete ground handling services for United Express flights. Effective April 1, in a continuation of its long-standing ground handling relationship with United, Air Wisconsin began providing baggage loading, aircraft servicing and aircraft deicing in addition to their existing ticket counter, check-in, gate and station operations services for more than 200 daily United Express flights at Dulles. Air Wisconsin will also provide complete United Express ground handling services at Myrtle Beach, SC (MYR), Birmingham, Ala. (BHM), Norfolk, Va. (ORF) and Saginaw, Mich. (MBS).

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