December 2011/January 2012 News In Brief

Business Buzz

IATA Blames Oil For Profit Decline: Global aviation earnings will likely decline to $3.5 billion in 2012, but those could turn into steep losses exceeding $8.3 billion if the euro zone crisis veers toward catastrophe, according to a report by the International Air Transport Association. For 2011, the industry says it anticipates that surging oil and fuel prices will clip profits at $6.9 billion — less than half of its $15.8 billion in 2010 profits.

Two Airlines Win Slots At LGA: JetBlue and the Canadian airline WestJet beat out five other companies in an auction for the slots at LaGuardia Airport. JetBlue already has a small number of flights at LaGuardia, but the flights will be the first for WestJet.

Lufthansa To Fly A380 To IAH: The Houston Airport System will welcome its first double-deck A380 at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in August, when Lufthansa upgrades the aircraft on its Houston to Frankfurt service.

Delta Down, US Airways Up: Delta Air Lines traffic for November dropped 1.9 percent from the same month in 2010 as the carrier trimmed capacity by 4.1 percent. International traffic on the U.S. carrier slid 7.3 percent, while domestic traffic rose 1.4 percent. US Airways reported a 3.1 percent rise in traffic for November as the carrier trimmed capacity by 0.8 percent for the month.

U.S. Airline Employment Rises: United States airlines employed 388,641 workers in September, a jump of 10,965 workers, or a 2.9 percent increase compared with September 2010, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The bureau reported that the September airline employment level was the highest since April 2009.

New Name For Aviation Trade Group: The trade association for the leading U.S. airlines unveiled a new name as well as a new tagline and logo that better represents the industry’s role connecting United States aviation to the global economy. The Air Transport Association of America will carry the name Airlines for America (A4A) with the tagline of “We Connect the World.”

Alaska Air Takes American’s Spot On Dow Jones: Alaska Air Group Inc. replaced AMR Corp. in the Dow Jones Transportation Average after the parent of American Airlines filed for bankruptcy.

Qatar Expands Cargo Routes: Qatar Airways has launched dedicated freight routes to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Toronto Pearson International Airport from its Doha hub via Luxembourg.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

Flightcom To Supply Southwest: Southwest Airlines will become the first U.S. airline to require ramp workers to wear wireless headsets. Flightcom equipment will be used at all Southwest Airlines’ gates at its 73 destinations across the United States.

Sage Expands Delta Service: Sage Parts has entered into a new contract with Delta Air Lines in which Sage will dispense replacement parts for ground support equipment at major Delta airport hubs in Minneapolis, Memphis and Detroit.

FAA Awards Sustainable Fuel Contracts: FAA is awarding $7.7 million in contracts to eight companies to help advance alternative, environmentally-friendly, sustainable sources for commercial jet fuel.

Lufthansa To Help Iraqi Airports: Lufthansa Consulting will evaluate the ground handling requirements at Baghdad International Airport, the capital’s main airport and the country’s main international gateway as well as at the international airports in Basra and Mosul.

SAN Receives VALE Funds To Cut Emissions: San Diego International Airport has received a $2 million VALE grant that will be used to purchase 400HZ power lines to 10 jet ports and external air-conditioning units.

ASIG Starts Two New Contracts: ASIG® commenced ground handling services for TAM Airlines at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Terminal 4. ASIG is providing ground handling, cargo transportation, cabin cleaning and aircraft deicing services for TAM’s 20 weekly wide-body flights. Also, ASIG renewed its agreement with Emirates to provide passenger handling services on behalf of the carrier at London Heathrow Airport.

People In The News

Bosserman Aviation Equipment, Inc. has hired Gustavo Corzo as its new director of international sales and Kali Price as its customer service manager. Corzo has more than 14 years of aviation experience and will be responsible for all aspects of international sales. Price will be responsible for updating customers on order status and completion, following up with customers and fielding technical support calls. She also schedules warranty repairs and handles warranty parts returns.

Jerry Crump joins Somerset Capital Group, Ltd., as vice president of new business development for GSE. Previously, Crump had been director of purchasing for Swissport USA.

FCX Systems hired Scott Twining as an executive sales associate. Twining has more than 30 years of quality experience and extensive expertise related to the sales, marketing, technical support, project management, and design of GSE equipment.

ATS hired John Drpich as its new director of business development. Drpich has 29 years in international wide-body airport operations with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Integrated Deicing Services hired Bryan F. McCreary as vice president of fluid and business development. McCreary spent the past eight years with Clariant Corp. as its North American business manager.

Toyota Material Handling North America has expanded its executive team: Brett Wood has been promoted to executive vice president of TMHNA. In his new role, Wood will lead several strategic TMHNA assignments in sales, marketing and operations to accelerate synergies among company brands. Jeff Rufener will take the helm as president of Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. Rufener joins Toyota after most recently serving as vice president of marketing for Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America Inc.

Global Aviation Services LLC promoted Scott Strong as director of maintenance. Strong will be responsible for leading and managing the company’s maintenance operations. Strong also writes the “Maintenance Matters” column for Ground Support Worldwide.

Correction: We did not identify the following two men correctly in the October issue:

West Star Aviation, Inc. appointed Jeff Messmer as operations manager at its newest facility at Spirit of St. Louis Airport in Chesterfield, MO. In his new position at West Star Aviation, Messmer will be responsible for all maintenance, avionics and customer service and support operations.

Leighton “Lee” M. Yohannan was named co-CEO of Rampmaster. Yohannan is currently director emeritus and founder of LiquidHub, a systems integrator and technology strategy consultancy with revenues of more than $60 million in annual sales. Previously he was owner and CEO of The Reohr Group, Inc., a $55 million global technology consultancy.

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