¦ Menzies Aviation announced the award of a further three-year contract with Thai Airways International for cargo handling at London Heathrow Airport. The contract commenced March 1, 2008 and includes full cargo handling and regional trucking. The airline operates two flights daily between Bangkok and London Heathrow using Boeing 747 aircraft. Thai Airways, a founder member and major carrier in the Star Alliance network, flies to more than 70 destinations worldwide in 36 countries.
¦ I.D. Systems Inc., a leading provider of wireless solutions for controlling, tracking and managing industrial vehicles, and Zetes Industries, the leading pan-European systems integrator of automatic identification technologies, announced that they have finalized an agreement under which Zetes will market I.D. Systems’ products and services throughout Europe.
¦ Cavotec MSL Holdings Ltd. (CCC) announced that it has acquired the Dabico Group, based in California, United States, a leading international manufacturer of airport ground support equipment. The transaction is effective as of April 23, 2008. From its US and UK-based manufacturing operations, Dabico engineers in-ground airport supply systems that provide safe and efficient delivery of aviation fuel and utilities to all types of commercial and military aircraft. Over the past 40 years, Dabico has supplied these systems to aircraft manufacturers, airlines and airports all over the world.
¦ Alien Technology, a leader in Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) products and services, and George Schmitt & Co., one of the largest producers of RFID enabled labels, announced that George Schmitt & Co. was awarded the contract for RFID-enabled baggage handling at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) using Alien’s Squiggle® tags.
¦ Menzies Aviation announced that on May 1, 2008, it commenced operations at Austin Bergstrom International Airport with JetBlue Airways as its launch customer. Austin Bergstom International Airport will become Menzies Aviation’s third station in Texas, and will complement its established operations at Dallas Fort-Worth and Houston international airports where it offers a full range of passenger, ramp and cargo operations. The company will now operate at 16 stations in the US.
¦ Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s cargo unit said it signed a memorandum of understanding to form a strategic cooperation with AiRUnion and Russia’s Krasnojarsk Airport. The companies aim to “create all operational and commercial prerequisites” to allow Lufthansa Cargo to use Krasnojarsk Airport in Siberia as a stopover point for flights to and from Asia, according to a statement. The modernization should be completed by the end of this year, Lufthansa Cargo said. Within five months after that time, Lufthansa Cargo plans to start regular flights via Krasnojarsk.
¦ I.D. Systems Inc. announced that it has acquired PowerKey, the industrial vehicle monitoring products division of International Electronics Inc., a manufacturer of access control and security equipment, for $500,000. Simultaneously, I.D. Systems has launched a new wireless product termed PowerKeyPLUS(tm) targeted at the entry-level segment of the industrial vehicle management market.PowerKeyPLUS(tm) emphasizes vehicle access control, safety checklists and impact sensing — the most popular functions for managing the inherent safety and maintenance issues associated with industrial vehicles.
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¦ The Transportation Security Administration has named Nancy Baggott as the federal security director for Long Beach Airport, Long Beach, Calif. Baggott has worked in the TSA’s Transportation Security Operations Center since 2003, most recently serving as command duty officer responsible for the operational coordination and crisis management response on a national scale. Prior to coming to TSA, Baggott worked as a FedEx senior manager for sort and ramp operations at Washington-Dulles International Airport where she was responsible for the 24/7 operational environment that moved more than 146 million pounds of freight and sorted more than 15 million packages each year.
¦ Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc. announced two additions to its executive management team. Jim Young is the new vice president of distribution, sales and marketing. Young has more than 15 years of experience in the airline and travel industry, with a heavy emphasis on distribution. Also joining the company on May 1, 2008, is Tom Bacon. Bacon will be the new vice president of planning and revenue management, and he comes to Frontier with nearly 30 years of experience in the airline industry.
Swissport Cargo Services Netherlands will be meeting all of Lufthansa Cargo’s airfreight and ramp handling needs at Amsterdam Airport for a three-year period.