Marketer Applies For Patent: Armed Forces Marketing Consultants, Inc. has filed a patent for its Impact Energy Absorption System™, a mechanical device that uses automotive-type steering to preclude damage to towed vehicles and tow bars.
Multibillion Dollar Contribution: Airlines for America and the International Air Transport Association joined forces on a study about the economic effect of the airline industry on the United States. U.S. airlines directly contribute $64.7 billion to GDP and indirectly contribute another $70.5 billion.
Southwest Gets OK For HOU: Southwest Airlines received approval from the Houston City Council for a proposed international terminal at William P. Hobby Airport. United Airlines, which opposed the plan, says $600 million in planned infrastructure investment at George Bush Intercontinental Airport is now in jeopardy.
Common Security Plan: The European Commission and the U.S. Transportation Security Administration formally recognized each other’s air cargo security programs. The agreement is the culmination of seven years of effort by regulators and industry stakeholders to achieve alignment of air cargo security measures.
TSA Sets Cargo Deadline: The Transportation Security Administration announced that beginning Dec. 3, all cargo shipments loaded on passenger aircraft must undergo screening for explosives.
PAX Traffic Up: The International Air Transport Association announced global traffic results for April showing that total passenger demand rose 6 percent while freight demand was 4 percent down compared with April 2011.
Jasper Earns Excellence Award: Jasper Engines & Transmissions was recently recognized for performance excellence as a secondary repair supplier within the Raytheon Technical Service Company for its remanufactured diesel engines and transmissions for military Humvees.
United To Handle Handling: United Airlines announced that ground handling work currently performed by outside vendors at airports in Florida; New York; Michigan and California will be done by United employees.
Servisair Wins Grand Slam: Delta Airlines presented Servisair Dublin with its Grand Slam Award. The award recognizes safety and environmental marks, and is the first time a European station has won the award in two years.
Airline Picks ATS 4th Time: Airport Terminal Services announced Virgin America has appointed ATS as its full service provider for above and below wing handling at Portland International Airport. This is the fourth location that the two companies have worked together.
Swissport Buys Flightcare: Swissport acquired Flightcare Spain and Flightcare Belgium from FCC Versia, expanding Swissport’s network in Spain and allowing it to become a full-service provider at Brussels Airport by adding ground handling services to its portfolio.
Velcon Buys Warner Lewis: Velcon Filters, LLC, acquired Warner Lewis GmbH. Headquartered in Germany, Warner Lewis offers aircraft refueling solutions to customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Cavotec Deal With LED: Cavotec will manufacture and install 90 in-ground electrical power units and converter systems as part of a modernization program at Pulkovo International Airport, one of Russia’s fastest-growing airports.
ASIG Renews At SFB: TBI Airport Management, Inc. has renewed its agreement with ASIG for comprehensive airside support services at Orlando Sanford International Airport for an additional term. ASIG provides full ramp handling, cabin cleaning, passenger handling services, commissary services and aircraft refueling to all of the carriers operating at the airport’s domestic terminal.