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SENTIENT TO SPLIT, SELL DIVISIONS TO MACQUARIE UNIT Sentient Jet Holdings, the Weymouth, MA-based private aviation services company, plans to split into two stand-alone companies and sell one of them to Macquarie...

hawker beechcraft corp. — based in Wichita, announcs a new Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) aircraft maintenance and service facility in Mesa at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Planned $14 million investment will enable HBS to offer customer support in the Southwestern region of the U.S.; facility is expected to generate up to 110 new jobs over five years. HBS is leasing 5.1 acres with an option to expand to 10.7 acres. It acquired a newly constructed 26,000-sq. ft. hangar, and plans to build another 20,000-sq. ft. hangar.

iata — Int’l Air Transport Assn. based in Geneva reports total global passenger traffic growth remained flat in July 2008 compared to 2007. International traffic grew by a modest 1 percent and domestic dropped 1.4 percent. For the first seven months of the year the average worldwide stands at 2.3 percent growth and at 5 percent for international traffic.

jet aviation — and Tropic Air of São Paulo, Brazil enter a partnership agreement to provide aircraft management and charter services in Brazil and Latin America. Agreement allows Jet Aviation to supplement its existing aircraft management and charter support services within the Latin American market, while offering Tropic Air administrative and sales support, as well as customer services training.

lax — Los Angeles Int’l Airport sees hundreds of airline service workers return to their jobs over Labor Day weekend after Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa brokers a three-week cooling off period when negotiations will continue. Some 2,500 skycaps, janitors, wheelchair attendants, and other service workers are represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 1871.

nashville int’l airport — is the first airport location of redbox, the fully automated DVD rental system featuring new release rentals for $1 per night. The agreement with Wright Travel Agency, Inc. includes the installation of two automated DVD rental kiosks.
• Nashville Int’l also welcomes eight new food, beverage and retail vendors to its terminal: La Hacienda Mexican Restaurant; Neely’s Bar-B-Que; Tennessee Tavern; Boswell’s Music City Harley-Davidson; CNN Newsstand; Godiva Chocolatier; Hudson News; Nashville Star Soon to Come; and Starbucks.

newark liberty int’l airport — unveils a system of kiosks that feature outlets where electronic devices can be recharged for free. A total of 50 of the eight-foot-high kiosks, called “power poles,” are being installed in the airport’s three terminals. The poles already are in use at New York’s JFK Airport and La Guardia Airport.

northstar aerospace, inc. — based in Chicago completes a capability expansion to add a second turboprop engine test cell at its Turbine Engine Service Group (TESG) in Stroud, OK, expanding TESG’s capability to overhaul larger Pratt & Whitney PT6A engines.

oshkosh airport products group — a division of Oshkosh Corp. based in Oshkosh, WI, receives orders from General Mitchell Int’l Airport in Milwaukee for nine Oshkosh® HT-Series™ snow tractors, three Oshkosh H-Series™ snow blowers, and two Oshkosh Striker® aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles; the order is valued at $5.6 million.

port authority of ny & nj —files a motion with the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. Circuit requesting to join a suit that seeks to invalidate a plan by the federal government to auction flight slots at the New York metropolitan region’s airports. The Air Transport Association filed the original suit in the same court. FAA/DOT subsequently held off holding its first slot auctions.

richard branson — the billionaire owner of airline Virgin Atlantic VA.UL, reports he would be interested in bidding for London’s Gatwick airport, Britain’s second-biggest, with yet-to-be-identified partners. One report says the bid for Gatwick could cost more than 2 billion pounds ($3.6 billion).

sammy’s beach bar & grill — the namesake of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Maui resident Sammy Hagar, opens at Kahului (HI) Airport, in partnership with HMSHost.

siemens energy & automation, inc. — based in Atlanta introduces the SIBAG 300C Flat Carousel, a new high capacity conveyor system designed for handling of baggage at either passenger claim areas or in baggage sorting areas. System incorporates active drive power balancing, significantly reduced weight of the moving components, and integrated maintenance tools;

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