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Business Buzz ¦ UPS will invest more money in infrastructure facilities and technologies in China in 2008 to angle for more second-tier and third-tier cities as well as medium and small customers. The company, which has set up 23 branches for land...


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¦ UPS will invest more money in infrastructure facilities and technologies in China in 2008 to angle for more second-tier and third-tier cities as well as medium and small customers. The company, which has set up 23 branches for land transportation in China, will open 10 more branches in May mainly in second-tier and third-tier cities such as Zhuhai, Nantong, Wuhan, Jiaxing and Weihai. More will be built later. It will use new aircraft to replace old ones for its Chinese air cargo operation, to increase its carrying capacity there by 30 percent.

¦ ERMC, a national facility maintenance services provider, announced the release of two new products that will allow customers in the airline industry to gain efficiencies and improve financial losses related to lost baggage. One of the new products is a software system which controls and monitors every aspect of a baggage handling conveyor system. It provides alarms, notification and reporting related to a jam or problem in any section of the conveyor. It also allows control of the system to occur from a central location including diagnostics and configuration, all in a very user-friendly format. The second product provides cameras which photograph baggage as it passes from ticket counter to airplane. By linking the digital image of the bag with the airline-provided bar code tag, baggage can be much more easily identified and located.

¦ A 2007 Minnesota Governors Award for Excellence in Waste and Pollution Prevention has been awarded to Northwest Airlines. The airline said that its application as Conserving Resources Doing Our Part, highlighted its fuel conservation and resource management, which reportedly focuses on proactive fleet modernization, fuel conservation and material recycling efforts.

¦ Fortbrand Services Inc., the exclusive North American distributor for Beam A/S, a Danish manufacturer of specialized, high performance airport sweepers, announced the sale of a new model VX800 Multi-Task Airport Service Vehicle to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. The VX800 is a self-contained, one operator vehicle capable of performing a number of tasks typically required for the proper maintenance of airfield facilities. Primarily designed for runway rubber removal, the VX800 Multi-Task Airport Service Vehicle is also capable of performing apron sweeping and scrubbing, runway sweeping, street sweeping and various liquid or debris pick-up through its full width suction nozzles and wander hose.

¦ Technology that warns pilots about potential runway safety hazards will be installed at Los Angeles International Airport under a partnership between the Federal Aviation Administration and the City of Los Angeles. The system, called Runway Status Lights, uses a series of red lights embedded in the pavement to warn pilots if it is unsafe to cross over or enter a runway. Under an agreement between the FAA and Los Angeles World Airports, pilots will begin testing Runway Status Lights at LAX, the nation’s fourth busiest airport early next year. LAWA is funding the system, which costs an estimated $6 million. The FAA will install, test, evaluate and maintain the system. It is in place at Dallas/Fort Worth and San Diego.

¦ In fiscal year 2007, the Fraport Group achieved new air traffic records and further increases in revenue and operating results. With €2.33 billion, revenue was 8.6 percent higher than in the previous year, while earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization rose by 0.4 percent over 2006 to reach €580.5 million. Net profit of €213.7 million was 6.6 percent lower due to special effects in 2006. Fraport’s executive board is recommending an unchanged dividend of €1.15 per share.

¦ Aviapartner Handling Services has received the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Passenger Ground Handling Award 2007 in recognition of its customer friendliness and excellent customer service. The award was presented by Rutger Arisz, director account & contract management, in the name of Ad Rutten, executive vice president & COO of the Schiphol Group during the official Schiphol Aviation Award Ceremony held March 17, 2008.

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