¦ ASIG® announced that its Salt Lake City fueling operation has received the Delta Air Lines Triple Crown Award for the fourth time. The Triple Crown is Delta’s highest operational safety award and recognizes their local operations and supplier partners for critical elements of teamwork, time management and operational excellence in achieving a safe, on-time operation. ASIG received the award for the month of November 2007; previous awards were received in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The award goes to the Delta location with the best on-time performance, lowest recordable injury rate per 100 employees and lowest aircraft ground damage rate per 10,000 departures.
¦ Lufthansa Systems announced that it is expanding its cooperation with Lufthansa Cargo AG. The cargo airline intends to consolidate all of its core cargo processes — including booking, handling and revenue accounting — using the AdvancedCargo Suite from Lufthansa Systems. Lufthansa Cargo is the second renowned cargo airline after Southwest Airlines to opt for this new IT platform.
¦ The cornerstone for a new air cargo warehouse at CargoCity South was laid Feb. 6. After receipt of the building permit and extensive preparatory work at the estate, about 50 guests met to lay the cornerstone for the 8,000 sqm building. The new building, which will be constructed close to the premises of Fraport Cargo Services, is expected to be completed in July 2008. From summer 2008, after only seven months of construction time, the tenant Fraport Cargo Services will use the cargo handling area of about 5,000 sqm and the office space of about 3,000 sqm for the exclusive air cargo handling of Japan Airlines Cargo. Effective July 2008, 80 staff members will be operating there day and night, 365 days a year.
¦ Capital Airports Holding Company, a Beijing-based airport operator, will sell its 24 percent stake in Air China Cargo Co. Ltd., the largest Chinese air cargo carrier. Air China Limited, one of the three largest airline companies in the country, has expressed that it will purchase the entire stake in the cargo carrier with its strategic partner Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.
¦ ASIG® announced that it has commenced ground handling services for LAN’s 14 weekly flights at Los Angeles International Airport. ASIG is providing the carrier with ramp side services, cabin cleaning and cargo transportation services.
¦ BAA and Emirates Airline today announced the launch of the UK’s largest RFID (radio-frequency identification) baggage trial, which could revolutionize the way bags are tracked and monitored at Heathrow Airport. As part of BAA’s ongoing investment plans, Heathrow, the world’s busiest international airport has begun a six-month trial of RFID techonolgy for Emirates passengers. The new system tracks bags at every stage of their journey and is a UK first. The trial will test the effectiveness and benefits of RFID against the airport’s existing barcode tracking system. The trial is expected to track around 50,000 bags per month for passengers traveling with Emirates to and from Dubai, and transferring through Heathrow. A duplicate of the Heathrow system has been installed at Dubai Aiport.
¦ IDS announced the expansion of Integrated Deicing Services LLC into Bradley International Airport. This will add a sixth operation to the current five IDS operations in the US. The expansion into the Northeast comes nearly one month to the date from which IDS was purchased by Salvatore Calvino, Kevin Worley and Larry Hopkins on Dec. 31, 2007.
¦ Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, deemed one of the nation’s safest, received the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2007 Air Carrier Airport Safety Award. In granting the award, the FAA cited an airport program that asked tenants to remove debris from runways to reduce safety hazards. The airport also was praised for its procedures to keep aircraft and ground vehicles separated on aprons. The award is given only to airports in the Southeast, and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International was the sole recipient this year, FAA officials said.