Premier Engineering & Manufacturing, Marinette, WI, was named Equipment Provider of the Year for 2011 by Southwest Airlines’ GSE department.
The award started in 2007 as an expansion of the GSE department’s employee recognition program. The entire GSE staff nominates and then selects the winner based on criteria ranging from customer and parts support to training and warranty.
TUG Technologies Corporation and Corvus Energy, manufacturer of lithium polymer batteries, announced they have signed a memorandum of understanding whereby TUG will incorporate Corvus Energy’s lithium GSE technology into TUG Technologies’ portfolio of GSE products.
The two companies initially expect to collaborate by producing an electric version of TUG’s popular MA series baggage tractor powered by Corvus Energy’s lithium polymer-based drivetrain solutions. The lithium MA will be available for purchase this spring and will be followed by a lithium 660 belt loader this summer.
Security Certification First: Aviapartner received the first security certification from the Transported Asset Protection Association’s Air Cargo Security Standards for its Brussels cargo site. TACSS is the first security standard that has been developed specifically for air cargo.
12th Year In Row: Swissport International has again been named Best Ground Handling Company by the Institute for Transport Management, taking the award for the 12th year in a row. In other news, Swissport was named Ground Handler of the Year in the inaugural Air Transport News awards.
Struggles To Stay Aloft: In a Bloomberg interview, Emirates chief predicted that rising fuel cost will likely ground airlines that are already struggling to stay aloft. “We can reel off a whole load of airlines that are teetering on the brink or are really gone. ... another eight or nine months, and we’re going to see this industry in serious trouble,” said Emirates President Tim Clark.
Aviation Employment Report: The Air Transport Action Group released an Oxford Economics analysis organization report that puts the total number of global jobs supported by the aviation industry at 56.6 million.
Public Plea On EU Emissions: The European Union’s plan to impose a tax on international airlines for their carbon emissions has run into fierce head winds, with the Obama administration joining China, India and other powers in a growing global drive to force the EU to back down.
IATA Sharply Reduces Profit Forecast: The International Air Transport Association has reduced its profit forecast for the airline industry in 2012 mainly due to steep increases in fuel prices and projects North American carriers will deliver a profit of $900 million this year, down from the previously forecast $1.7 billion.
Biofuel Collaboration: Boeing, Airbus and Embraer signed a memorandum of understanding to work together on the development of drop-in, affordable aviation biofuels. The three manufacturers agreed to seek collaborative opportunities to speak in unity to government, biofuel producers and other key stakeholders.
ATS Renews With WestJet: Airport Terminal Services renewed multiyear contracts with WestJet at Edmonton International Airport; Trudeau International Airport; and James Armstrong Richardson International Airport. These locations represent the original contracts ATS secured when it entered the Canadian market in 1999.
Servisair Starts Up Interjet: Servisair announced that Interjet has chosen the ground handler as its partner in Miami for the start up of new flights to Mexico City. Servisair provides customer service and ramp handling services to Interjet’s 12 weekly 150-seat A320s at Miami. Servisair was also awarded Interjet’s refueling contract for MIA.
Continental Partners With ASIG, Signature: Continental Tire the Americas, LLC announced a strategic supplier partnership with ASIG. It is now in full force with all 109 ASIG and Signature Flight Support locations in the United States.