May 2012 News in Brief

Business Buzz

BBA Reports 1Q Revenue: BBA Aviation Plc. said its first-quarter group revenue declined by 1 percent after adjusting for fuel prices. Revenue in Flight Support slid 8 percent after adjusting for fuel prices. The Flight Support unit, particularly ASIG, was negatively impacted by North America’s warm winter resulting in limited deicing revenue.

WestJet Shows Off Electric GSE: On Earth Day last month, WestJet showcased its baggage tug run on a lithium polymer battery system developed by Corvus Energy. The pilot program began last October at Calgary International Airport. This month, the airline will operate two more electric tugs at Yukon’s Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport.

Airlines Gain Confidence: Top managers at global airlines are confident of an uptick in demand for cargo and passenger business over the next 12 months, according to the survey conducted by the International Air Transport Association. Airline industry confidence improved slightly this month on better passenger traffic figures over the last quarter.

Boeing Reports Big Profits: Airlines around the world are updating their fleets with new, more-fuel-efficient planes, and that helped Boeing post a 58 percent rise in profits for its first quarter.

Toyota Wins Best Product: Toyota Material Handling, U.S.A., Inc., was honored by Plant Engineering magazine’s annual “Product of the Year” awards program for Toyota’s 8-Series 4-Wheel AC electric lift truck. The product won the highest ranking award in the Material Handling Systems category.

PrimeFlight Lays Off 300: PrimeFlight Aviation Services will lay off about 64 people at San Antonio International Airport after losing a contract with Delta Air Lines. The company also expects to lay off 276 employees at Bush Intercontinental Airport after losing a contract with United Airlines.

IATA Cargo Awards Schiphol: IATA Cargo presented a Certificate of Achievement to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in recognition of its “outstanding performance in supporting and helping to adopt e-freight in 2011.” Incheon Airport and Singapore Changi Airport, which have signed memorandums of understanding with Schiphol, for the joint promotion of e-freight, also received similar certificates.

TIACA Condemns Flight Ban: The International Air Cargo Association condemned the verdict of a German judge who endorsed the night flight ban for cargo carriers at Frankfurt Airport. TIACA claims the decision will damage the city’s reputation as one of the world’s premier gateways for international trade and harm the local and national economy.


ATS Signs First Contract With Virgin Atlantic: Virgin Atlantic appointed Airport Terminal Services to provide passenger service at Vancouver International Airport. The deal is the first contract ATS has received from the airline.

Baltic Ground Services Signs With Aeroflot: Baltic Ground Services UAB signed a contract with Aeroflot to provide the airline with passenger and ground handling services at Vilnius International and Sheremetyevo International airports.

ASIG At BWI: ASIG has commenced full ground handling operations for British Airways at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport.

United Express Signs With Eagle: Eagle Ground Handling, American Eagle’s ground handling business, was awarded a contract to handle United Express at nine U.S. locations in Texas, Louisiana and New York.

People In The News

Craig Smyth, managing director of Menzies Aviation received a $373,900 bonus to take his total compensation last year to $943,697 as earnings from his half of the business outstripped the company’s traditional distribution operations for the first time.

Robert Lewis was named president and CEO of Pentastar Aviation. He succeeds Rick Maloney, who retired from Pentastar last month after a four-decade aviation career. Lewis was president of Everest Fuel Management and a senior vice president at Sentient Flight Group.

Current Pinnacle Airlines COO John Spanjers will replace Sean Menke as chief executive. Menke resigned, but will help with the leadership transition.

Tom Wathen, chairman of The Wathen Center presented John Lyon with a Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes service to the Wathen Center and Flabob Airport. Lyon spent 12 years as the first president of the Wathen Foundation. During that time he also provided pro bono legal counsel for the foundation. The center’s library has also been named the John and Melinda Lyon Library. The center is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to education through aviation.