March 2012 News in Brief

Calendar of Events:

March 27-29

Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition

Shanghai, China

April 3-6

55th Annual AEA International Convention & Trade Show

Washington, D.C.

Business Buzz

Delta’s Temp Program At MSP: A Delta Airlines program called Ready Reserve that uses temporary workers for numerous positions at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is drawing fire from the carrier’s full-time staffers who say it jeopardizes their jobs and pay. The temporary jobs start at $10.82 and include baggage handling and deicing planes.

Half Penny In Profits: Airlines for America says the industry earned less than half a penny in profits for every $1 of revenue generated during 2011. The trade group laid out a five-point plan that would lower taxes; reduce regulations; remove limits on foreign investments; upgrade aviation infrastructure and reduce oil price speculation.

Middle East Traffic Up: International Air Transport Association said that in January, Middle East airline traffic recorded a growth of 14.5 percent compared to January 2011. IATA added that the region’s airline capacity rose 10.6 percent; however, freight traffic dropped 8 percent.

TMHU Launches Fuel ‘App’: Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc. launched its Toyota Forklift Fuel Efficiency Calculator application to help customers estimate fuel efficiency savings and performance of their forklift fleets.

Airport, Airline Team Up: Russia’s Vnukovo Airport and Transaero Airlines have agreed to cooperate to improve ground handling of passengers, luggage, air mail and cargo quality in full compliance with ICAO and IATA requirements as well as rules and regulations of the Russian legislation.

US Airways Objects: US Airways Group Inc. said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that a multibillion-dollar runway and terminal expansion at Philadelphia International Airport could harm its finances and business operations and force it to shift flights elsewhere. The airline, which transports nearly 70 percent of the airport’s passengers, included the statement in its 2011 annual report to federal regulators.

Franchise Terminated: Million Air, a corporate chain of upscale refueling facilities for private jets, terminated its franchise agreement with SBD Properties, LLC, a firm managed by a controversial developer who began operating a franchise at San Bernardino International Airport in 2010.

Bankrupt AMR Posts Loss: The parent company of American Airlines reported a net loss of $1.98 billion for 2011. In other news, American reported that it could not afford to offer early-retirement incentives to unionized mechanics and flights attendants. The airline also reported a loss of $170 million in January.

IATA Reports January Traffic: The International Air Transport Association announced global traffic results for January showing a 5.7 percent rise in passenger demand but an 8 percent decline in air freight compared to the same month in 2011. The occurrence of Chinese New Year in January (rather than in February as in 2011) exaggerated the increase in passenger demand and the fall in air freight.

Delta Defends Record: More pets died on Delta Air Lines than on any other carrier last year, according to data released by the federal government. Out of 35 pets that died on airlines last year, 19 died on Delta flights. That’s up from 16 the previous year. Delta said it carries more pets than many other airlines, in part because of its broad route network.

Eaton Seals On Mars Rover: Eaton’s aerospace facility in Beltsville, MD, provided specially manufactured seals for the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft that launched in November 2011. Named “Curiosity,” the nuclear-powered rover is expected to reach the Red Planet in August.

Southwest Takes A Break: Southwest Airlines is pausing in its expansion plans, as the carrier grapples with the high price of fuel and its acquisition of AirTran Airways. CEO Gary Kelly told the Wall Street Journal that he sees opportunities to eventually add “hundreds of planes” to Southwest’s fleet, but plans to keep the fleet at 700 planes this year.

Court Orders Strike’s End: A German labor court ruled in favor of Frankfurt Airport operator Fraport AG and airline Lufthansa over a strike by the airport’s 200 ground workers. The court said the strike violated the country’s labor laws.

Concerns Over Fuel: IATA said 2012 began with no sign of relief in jet fuel prices. After some decline in December 2011, February 2012 has seen jet fuel prices rise 14 percent above levels a year ago.

TIEM Named Company Of The Year: Toyota’s Columbus, IN, manufacturing plant, Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg., Inc., was recognized as “Company of the Year,” by the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce.


Jet Aviation Acquires 14th FBO: Jet Aviation acquired the Enterprise Jet Center FBO at Hobby Airport in Houston, TX, adding the 14th FBO to its global network of premium aircraft service and support facilities.

Jetway Deal: JBT Corporation announced that its JBT AeroTech business has been awarded a contract in excess of $5 million for the supply of gate equipment, including 13 Jetway® passenger boarding bridges, to a major airport in the western United States. The installation of the gate equipment anticipated to be completed in the third quarter of this year.

Swissport Adds Cargo: Swissport International begins cargo handling services at Kansai International Airport in cooperation with Finnair Cargo. The global ground handling provider has operated passenger ground handling and ramp services at KIX for several years.

ASIG Wins Contract With Spirit: Aircraft Service International Group was selected as Spirit Airlines’ new handler at Los Angeles International Airport. ASIG has already been providing the airline with refueling services at LAX and will now add cabin cleaning and ramp side service for Spirit’s six daily flights.

A KLM First: A joint venture between KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Kenya Airways will be the first carriers to offer direct cargo service between China and Africa. The round-trip service will be operated twice weekly.

Flightstar Buys Bloomington: The Flightstar Corp., Savoy, IL, recently purchased the assets of Bloomington Avionics Inc., Bloomington, IL. The staff at Bloomington Avionics, as well as its complete line of overhead and services, will transfer and now operate from Flightstar’s FBO at Champaign-Urbana’s University of Illinois-Willard Airport.

People In The News

Patrick Fisher joins Flightcom Corporation as its new director of federal programs. Fisher will use his more than three decades of experience providing technology solutions to military and federal agencies to broaden Flightcom’s presence to the government sector.

Schiphol Cargo has appointed Berend-Jan Rietveld as its marking and communications manager. Rietveld will plan and manage global marketing activity including advertising, media relations, online, literature production and trade show participation.

Jasper’s Top Branch: The Houston, TX, branch of Jasper Engines & Transmissions took home the President’s Award for 2011 at the company’s annual sales banquet. The award recognizes the company’s top branch based on various sales and financial figures. In addition, the branch received awards for Most Improved Profits; Most Improved Gas Engine Sales; and Most Improved Marine Sales.

Individually, Houston branch manager, David Eschbach, was named Manager of The Year for 2011. Outside sales rep Brian Flanagan was recognized for Most Improved Sales Volume. OSR Matt Miller ranked as one of Jasper’s top five Veteran Sales reps for 2011. OSR Ed Nesbitt ranked as one of Jaspers’s top five Rookie Sales reps for 2011. OSR Steve Beltran was recognized as a Bronze Performance Level recipient.

Ranjiv Ramanathan, head of operations for Air India SATS Airport Services accepted the Air Cargo Terminal Operator of the Year Award at last month’s Indian Supply Chain & Logistics Summit and Excellence Awards.

Damon Danneker was promoted to director of operations for JetFlite International.

Airlines for America named Shelley Rubino to the role of vice president, global government affairs.

Jet Aviation appointed Gary Dolski vice president and general manager of the company’s MRO and FBO facility in Singapore, and includes responsibility for the Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur facilities.