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¦ Boeing and London-based British Airways have finalized an order for eight Boeing 787-8s and 16 787-9s, raising the total number of 787s ordered worldwide from 766 to 790 and taking the 787 order book past the 787th mark. The order is valued at $4.4 billion at list prices. British Airways also placed options for 18 787s and purchase rights for an additional 10.

¦ Standard Aero, a leading MRO service provider, announced two new contracts with Lufthansa CityLine for maintenance on auxiliary power units. The contracts together are worth $9 million. One contract is a Standard Aero trademarked Total Engine Asset Management (TEAM) program. The contract is a five-year, pay-by-the-hour agreement for service on Lufthansa CityLine GTCP36-150RJ APUs produced by Honeywell, on the carrier’s fleet of CRJ200 aircraft. The other contract is a 10-year TEAM maintenance cost guarantee program for Lufthansa’s Honeywell RE220 APUs on the carrier’s Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft.

¦ British Airways has signed a contract with the Met Office for their unique aircraft deicing forecast service to be used at four of its key regional airports in the UK. The airline deicing forecast service uses site-specific forecasts to warn the airline up to five days in advance when deicing of aircraft on the ground is required. The accurate forecasts enable airlines to plan ahead — improving operational efficiency, reducing costs and delays while minimizing environmental impact caused by unnecessary spraying.

¦ Nordic Aero signed a three-year ground handling contract to handle Air France, KLM, City Hopper, City Jet, Regional and Brit Air at Copenhagen Airport. With a start date of April 1, 2008, the contract includes all passenger and baggage handling at Copenhagen Airport, with 75 weekly flights. In addition, an agreement has been extended for another three years for deicing service at Stockholm-Arlanda, Copenhagen and Oslo airports.

¦ After an absence of four years, Fraport Cargo Services (FCS) welcomed long-time customer Japan Airlines (JAL) in its handling again. JAL Cargo agreed with FCS upon a long-term contract for air cargo handling. The Japanese airline has already moved into the FCS warehouse at CargoCity South, where export and import shipments are physically handled by FCS. JAL Cargo is in charge of the document handling of shipments as well the general supervision and coordination.

¦ Nigerian Aviation Handling Company PLC, Nigeria’s foremost ground handling company, has become a full member of Aviance with effect from January 2008. NAHCo offers comprehensive handling services to 26 out of the 35 airlines operating in Nigeria through the major airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Jos, Enugu, Kano and Yola.

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¦ ASIG announced it has named J. Andrew Reeves as vice president, operations for all of ASIG’s North American locations reporting to Keith P. Ryan, president. Under Reeves’ direct leadership will be ASIG’s five regional vice presidents who are responsible for 57 US and Caribbean airports. In his new role, Reeves will guide managing and monitoring operations to achieve the company’s safety, service, financial and growth objectives. Other key areas of responsibility will be setting strategic operating policies and standards to ensure that ASIG’s commitment to delivering quality service and achieving high levels of customer satisfaction are realized. He will also direct ASIG’s sales department in close coordination with growth, customer service and finance objectives. Reeves has been with ASIG and Signature Flight Support since 1990.

¦ In its board-meeting held in Marrakech on Nov. 28, 2007, the Aviance board unanimously re-elected Ignacio Garrido, managing director of Flightcare, as chairman of Aviance, the first international alliance in airport services. Ignacio Garrido has been the driving force of the commercial alliance since 2003, and the Aviance board honored Ignacio’s work during its last board meeting. Garrido will chair the board for a period of another two years.

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