September 2012 New In Brief

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Swissport Gains Cargo: Swissport Cargo Services will begin cargo handling for Air China’s daily B747-400 freighters in to and out of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, and will also begin handling cargo and trucked freight movements at Schiphol for Turkish Airlines.

Cavotec Wins Fueling Deals: Cavotec will supply aircraft refueling pits for the second phase of Mumbai International Airport’s expansion program. This follows the successful installation of similar pit systems for the first phase of the program, and brings the total number of Cavotec in-ground refueling units at the airport to 175. Cavotec has also won a first-time order for unspecified number of hydrant pits that will be installed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

R.J. Design Wins Contract: R.J. Design was awarded a contract to install its Side Shift Cabs at San Diego Airport. R.J. Design is also in the process of installing Side Shift Cabs at Los Angeles International Airport to service A380 flight.

Jasper Provides Products To College: Jasper Engines & Transmissions formed a partnership with Ohio Technical College to provide its products to the school’s automotive and auto-diesel programs. Students will train at Jasper’s Engines and Transmissions Training Center Lab.

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Ben Weaver was named chief financial officer for ASIG. Weaver will report directly to President Keith P. Ryan. In addition to managing the company’s financial performance, Weaver will work closely with senior executives on mergers, acquisitions and other strategic global growth initiatives.

Weaver joined ASIG from Signature Flight Support where he served as vice president of strategy and development, overseeing global merger and acquisition strategy. He also served as Signature’s vice president of operations planning for all aspects of operations and global procurement strategies.

In 2002, Weaver began his career at Flight Options, LLC, a fractional jet provider. He held several key accounting and finance roles, including vice president of finance. Weaver has a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as a master’s degree in business administration from John Carroll University.

Matheson Flight Extenders appointed Kenneth deVolpi as sales and marketing manager. He was formerly the station manager for the company’s Bradley/Windsor, CT location. Matheson Flight Extenders also promoted Scott Elander to the position of manager for the company’s Reno/Sparks, NV facility. Elander was previously the location’s supervisor.

Toyota Material Handling U.S.A., Inc. appointed Bret Bruin as national dealer development manager. Bruin is responsible for dealer network development, market representation and dealer financial reporting for the more than 70 authorized Toyota Industrial Equipment dealers and 220 dealership locations throughout North America.

Rebecca Boyd and David Tabb, Skystar Airport Services, Perth, Western Australia, attended a recent International Air Transport Association meeting to accept the first international quality assurance and safety certification through the ISAGO program for any Australasian ground handling company.

Skystar has an integrated approach to provide clients with a single contact point for all their airport ground handling and logistic needs. In 2011, Skystar handled 12,299 flights, carried approximately 3 million passengers and 60,600 tons of baggage, and achieved an impressive 99.5 percent on-time performance record. Skystar also extended its relationships with Qantas, with the award of a new contract at Karratha Airport; Western Australia; Jetstar, with the award of a new contract at Dunedin Airport, New Zealand; and Cobham Aviation with the award of their terminal handling at Perth Airport.

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