February 2012 News In Brief

Business Buzz Air Cargo Handler Fined $1 Million: OHL Solutions Inc., has agreed to pay a $1 million fine after investigators found that some of its workers failed to perform explosives screenings on all cargo destined for passenger planes at...


Business Buzz

Air Cargo Handler Fined $1 Million: OHL Solutions Inc., has agreed to pay a $1 million fine after investigators found that some of its workers failed to perform explosives screenings on all cargo destined for passenger planes at Indianapolis' airport, federal prosecutors said. Investigators found that some of the company's workers put stickers on cargo indicating an item had been screened when in fact it had not been. Prosecutors said the workers also falsified records to cover their actions.

HBD/Thermoid Wins Excellence Award From Boeing: HBD/Thermoid, Inc. received a 2011 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. HBD/Thermoid, Inc. maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance rating period from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011.

ThyssenKrupp Picks Chicago: ThyssenKrupp announced in February that it had chosen Chicago for its North American regional headquarters.

Two ATS Workers Charged: Two men who cleaned airplane cabins at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport have been charged with stealing items left on airplanes, In June, airport police received an anonymous tip that employees of Airport Terminal Services were stealing items that had been left in airplane cabins by forgetful passengers. Airport police responded with a sting operation leading to the arrest of the two workers who were promptly fired.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Shows Modest Cargo Growth: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ended 2011 with a growth of 0.8 percent in cargo handled compared to 2010. The total of all cargo processed through Schiphol was 1,523,806 metric tons – retaining its third place among Europe's cargo airports, and its 13.9 percent market share among the top 10.

Velcon Completes Qualification Test: Velcon Filters, LLC, successfully completed a qualification test for EI 1581. The test was the first for Velcon's new "JF5" coalescers, and "VSN5" synthetic separators. The JF5 series coalescer cartridges and VSN5 series separators represent the next step up on the technology ladder with regards to increased solids holding capacity, efficient water removal, higher flow rates and extended service life.

Emirates Faces $1.1 Million Fine: Emirates is facing a fine of $1.1 million after one its aircraft allegedly departed from Sydney after the airport's 11 p.m. curfew. Sydney Airport regulations stipulate flights are not allowed to land or take off between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. The airline contends, however, that a delay due to fuel delivering caused the delay and that it did receive permission to depart.

WestJet Plans Regional Airline: WestJet will launch a low-fare, no frills regional airline this year, intensifying competition in smaller domestic markets with rival Air Canada for business and leisure class travelers.

Passenger Demand Up 6 Percent in 2011: The International Air Transport Association says passenger demand grew 5.9 percent last year, but lagged behind capacity increases. The group, which represents some 240 major airlines, says the airlines increased their available seats by 6.3 percent meaning average loads declined slightly in 2011.

Frontier Cuts Flights To MKE: Frontier Airlines will eliminate five non-stop routes from Milwaukee, which will result in the loss of almost half of its daily departures from Mitchell International Airport.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

JetStream Wins US Airways Contracts: JetStream Ground Services earned contracts for grand handling at Indianapolis International Airport and for aircraft appearance at Newark Liberty International for US Airways. Both contracts bring JetStream into new cities.

ASIG Wins And Renews Contracts: ASIG was selected by British Airways as its new refueler at London Stansted Airport for the airline's cargo operations. Also, ASIG renewed its contract with British Airways to refuel its aircraft at Bangkok Survarnabhumi Airport. ASIG has been servicing British Airways at BKK since the airport's opening in 2006. ASIG also renewed its agreement with Delta Air Lines to provide aircraft refueling at 24 U.S. airports, including some of Delta's busiest hub operations.

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