October 2012 News in Brief

Business Buzz

Hactl Honored: Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), was voted “Ground Handler of the Year” by air cargo industry publication, Payload Asia. Companies were voted for online by magazine readers on the basis of operational excellence, customer service, product innovations, competitive services and scope of service offerings.

Handling Spin Off: Air India created two subsidiaries, one for engineering and the other for ground handling, as part of a turnaround plan. For ground handling, the airline will provide equity to Air India Transport Services Limited over the next 12 years. About 12,000 employees will join the subsidiary.

American Shutters MRO: American Airlines will close its Fort Worth, TX, maintenance base by the end of the year, lay off 839 Tulsa mechanics and consolidate major aircraft maintenance operations in Tulsa, OK, and at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. More than 1,700 mechanics and related workers at American’s three aircraft overhaul bases will be laid off by next February.

SLC To Build Deicing Pad: Salt Lake City International Airport received a $9 million FAA grant to construct a new deicing pad at the end of Runway 34R. This will enable aircraft to deice closer to the runway instead of near the gates. Construction is expected to begin in April 2013 and be completed by October 2014.


Flightcare Acquisition: Swissport International has completed its acquisition of Flightcare Spain and Flightcare Belgium. The deal significantly boosts Swissport’s network in Spain and allows it to become a full-service provider at Brussels Airport by adding ground handling services to its portfolio.

New Menzies Deals: Menzies Aviation has signed a three-year contract with China Airlines to handle passenger and ramp services at Sydney Airport beginning this month. Menzies has been working with China Airlines in Brisbane Airport since October 2011. In other news from Australia, United Airlines extended its contract with Menzies at SYD and Melbourne Airport for three more years.

Expansion At EWR: Worldwide Flight Services has signed a two-year contract to provide loading and unloading services for Jet Airways’ daily Airbus A330-200 services from Newark Liberty International Airport, which operates to Brussels, Belgium and onto Mumbai, India. WFS will also provide baggage services, cabin cleaning and water services for the airline at EWR.

ASIG Roundup: ASIG announced a number of deals, including the following:

Spirit Airlines chose ASIG as its new refueling agent at the airliner’s home base at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. ASIG will also provide ground handling, passenger services, cabin cleaning, deicing and aircraft refueling for Spirit at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall.

United Continental renewed ASIG’s contract to provide refueling services at Los Angeles International Airport, one of the airliner’s busiest hubs with 195 daily flights. The contract was first awarded to ASIG in 2007. In a separate agreement, ASIG was awarded refueling services for United Continental at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Both contracts cover mainline and express flights.

ASIG completed its acquisition of PLH Aviation Services and Dryden Air Services. PLH provides commercial aircraft refueling and fuel facility maintenance and operations at 13 Canadian airports and one at LAX. Dryden operates at five Canadian airports providing full ground support services, such as ramp handling, cabin cleaning, passenger services, aircraft deicing and aircraft refueling. The deal adds 16 new locations in Canada and enhances market share at LAX for ASIG.

Flybe Signs With Servisair: Servisair and Flybe have signed a new multiyear contract at 10 UK airports, including bases at George Best Belfast City Airport, Jersey Airport and Southampton Airport. Servisair will handle more than 40,000 departures annually.

JBT Wins $14 Million Orders: JBT Corporation announced that its JBT AeroTech business has been awarded an order in excess of $4 million to supply passenger boarding bridges to the Gran Canaria Airport, the largest airport of the Canary Islands. JBT also announced orders in excess of $10 million by a large air freight carrier for the supply of new aircraft cargo loaders, deicing vehicles and pushbacks, as well as for the refurbishment and upgrade of existing cargo loaders.

ITW’s Converters To Marines: ITW Military GSE, a division of Hobart Ground Systems, has been selected to provide its Dual Output Facility Converters for the construction of a new aircraft hangar at Iwakuni Marine Corp Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan. The converters can supply power to legacy aircraft with 400Hz AC electrical system and newer aircraft with 270V DC. The contract, worth $2.9 million, calls for delivery by January.

People in the News

Paul Sundby was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing for Garsite. Sundby has been in the aviation industry for more than 15 years and with Garsite for more than five years as senior sales manager of above ground storage tanks.

Trine Berntsen will join Aviator Norge as managing director, taking responsibility for all business and operations. Previously, Berntsen worked at the Compass Group where she occupied a number of senior roles including Nordic development director and operations director, Norway. She also has 15 years of experience in service provision at a number of Norwegian airports.

Jay B. Shelat was appointed senior vice president of cargo terminal service in North America by WFS North America. Previously, Shelat was vice president of cargo for Jet Airways in Mumbai, India, where he helped lead the expansion of the airline’s network in India and internationally, significantly increasing its cargo revenues.

Vincent R. Davis was promoted to director, U.S. sales and service by Malabar International. Davis was promoted from his prior positions as senior inspector and field and technical support representative at Malabar’s headquarters in Simi Valley. He has been with Malabar eight years.

David D. Cawthon was promoted to general manager of HBD/Thermoid, Inc.’s Chanute, KS, manufacturing plant. Cawthon has been an employee at the plant for 38 years. Most recently, Cawthon was responsible for and managed the company’s compliance with AS 9100C, other quality management systems, customer audits and recertification audits. He is a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt with formal training in quality control, process improvement, root cause analysis and maintenance.