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Business Buzz ¦ 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...


¦ Swiss WorldCargo, the air cargo division of Swiss International Air Lines Ltd., announced a significant increase of air cargo capacity between Zurich and Tel Aviv thanks to the introduction of an additional A-340 on the route. The new A-340 connection will become daily March 12, 2008. Swiss WorldCargo will offer around 42 tons of cargo capacity to and from one of the Near East’s most important gateways for air trade.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

¦ Menzies Aviation announced the acquisition of the warehouse handling and trucking business of Airline Cargo Resources South Africa. ACR provides air cargo handling and landside trucking services to customers including Etihad Crystal Cargo and Qantas Freight, at Johannesburg, Cape Town and trucking reception points at Durban and Port Elizabeth international airports. The acquisition provides Menzies with a high quality cargo handling business to compliment their ground handling operations which will start March 1, 2008, following the award of licenses to provide passenger and ramp handling services to airlines at all the major airports in South Africa.

¦ ASIG® announced that Thai Airways has signed a two-year contract renewal with ASIG for the provision of cabin grooming services at London Heathrow Airport. ASIG has been handling Thai since 2003 and provides daily service to their 14 weekly flights.

¦ Swedish cargo handling equipment maker Kalmar Industries AB, part of Cargotec Corporation, said that Transnet Port Terminals, previously known as South African Port Operations, has awarded the company a maintenance contract for all rubber-tired equipment operating at the Port of Durban’s newest container terminal called Pier 1 Container Terminal. The contract calls for the maintenance of 18 Kalmar E-One rubber-tired gantry cranes, two Kalmar reachstackers and a range of other-branded machinery including 40 terminal tractors, 47 trailers and two empty container handlers, Kalmar said.

¦ ASIG® announced that Qantas has signed a three-year extension for cabin cleaning services at London Heathrow Airport. ASIG has been servicing Qantas at LHR since 2004 and handles 28 weekly flights for the airline.

¦ Swissport International announced that South African Airways’ ground handling services will now be carried out by ground services provider Swissport South Africa Ltd. An agreement was concluded between the two organisations whereby Swissport South Africa will handle SAA’s entire airport ramp handling requirements within South Africa. The agreement took effect Feb. 1, 2008.

¦ ASIG® announced that LTU has selected ASIG as their ground handler at JFK International Airport. ASIG is providing LTU’s six weekly flights with ramp side services, cabin cleaning, aircraft deicing and cargo transportation services. As of March, ASIG will also provide LTU with passenger handling services. Services to LTU commenced Jan. 15, 2008.

¦ Aircraft manufacturer the Boeing Company has revealed that it has selected Telair International to supply the cargo-handling system for the new Boeing 747-8. The company said that Telair is to supply systems for the main deck and lower hold of the 747-8 Freighter and also for the lower hold of the 747-8 Intercontinental. A cargo-handling system for the 747-8 will be designed and manufactured by Telair, which will feature “intelligent” power drive units networked through a control system. The cargo-handling system will be designed and manufactured by Telair at its facility in Miesbach, with the first hardware deliveries scheduled for late 2008.

¦ ASIG® announced that it has been awarded a seven-year contract to provide full ground handling services to all carriers operating at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal One. JFK’s Terminal One is managed by Terminal One Group Association L.P., which is comprised of four of the world’s premier international airlines, Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Air and Lufthansa. ASIG will provide ramp handling, tower coordination, bag room staffing, lavatory and water service, cargo and mail handling, aircraft deicing and other services to all 16 airlines operating at Terminal One. ASIG expects to handle over 10,000 flights and support 4 million passengers annually. Operations were scheduled to commence Feb. 1, 2008.

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