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Business Buzz SAS To Sell Ground Handling Unit: Scandinavian Airlines is looking for a buyer of its ground handling unit as it plans to cut 7,000 jobs and sell other assets. The airline, unprofitable since 2007, hopes the asset sales can raise $440...


Business Buzz

SAS To Sell Ground Handling Unit: Scandinavian Airlines is looking for a buyer of its ground handling unit as it plans to cut 7,000 jobs and sell other assets. The airline, unprofitable since 2007, hopes the asset sales can raise $440 million.

Self-Service At WestJet: WestJet introduced self-serve baggage tagging for passengers flying to the United States from Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. WestJet is the first Canadian airline to introduce self-serve baggage tagging on nonstop transborder flights.

Flightcom Awarded Patent: Flightcom announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded the company a patent for its wireless ground support communication systems. The patent covers key features including connection to the aircraft, secure communication links among the flight and ground crew and Pilot Alert™ to ensure removal of the system before flight.

Continental’s New Name: Continental renamed its Industrial Tires division to “Commercial Specialty Tires.”

HACTL Wins Award: Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited was honored with the Enterprise Award at this year’s DHL/South China Morning Post Hong Kong Business Awards.

Partnerships/Acquisitions/Contracts

Five-Year Deal For Menzies: Menzies Aviation announced a new five-year contract for ground handling services at 14 airports across the United States and Mexico with Alaska Air Group. In other news, Menzies secured a five-year contract with Emirates Sky Cargo for warehouse operations in Amsterdam.

Renewal for SATS: SATS Ltd. announced the renewal of its ground handling and inflight catering contracts at Singapore Changi Airport with Singapore Airlines. In other news, Air India SATS Airport Services Private Ltd announced the extension of its ground handling services partnership with Cathay Pacific Airways with the launch of the airline’s operations to Hyderabad International Airport.

Africa’s First LCC: Swissport International has signed an agreement with Africa’s first low-cost carrier Fastjet under which Swissport will provide ground services throughout the airline’s network. In other news, Swissport Algeria was awarded a five-year ground handling license for Oran International Airport Ahmed Ben Bella.

Servisar Delivers To American: Servisair Fuel Services began delivering fueling services for American Airlines at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The PHX operation represents the sixth location where American Airlines has selected Servisair for its into-plane fueling needs and is the 13th city in North America where Servisair provides into-plane and GSE fueling services.

United Renews With JetStream: United Airlines renewed its cabin cleaning service contract at its Denver hub with JetStream Ground Services, a business partner that has worked with United Airlines for more than 15 years in various locations throughout the United States.

Aviator To Handle KLC: Aviator Norway’s subsidiary Roros Flyservice has been awarded a ground handling contractor for KLM Cityhopper flights at Alesund Airport.

JBT To Supply Gate Equipment: JBT AeroTech has been awarded a contract to supply gate equipment for a new terminal project at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Azerbaijan. The contract includes the supply of 13 new Jetway passenger boarding bridges, 13 JetAire PCA units, 19 JetPower 400Hz GPUs and other ancillary equipment.

Cavotec To Power Hangar: Cavotec will supply a complete air and electrical power solution for a United Airlines wide-body aircraft hangar at Washington Dulles International Airport.

Palmer Johnson Service in AZ, CO: Palmer Johnson Power Systems announced agreements with two service dealers to provide service in Arizona and Colorado. Rocky Mountain Powertrain in Denver and Western Industrial Equipment Service LLC in Phoenix operate fully equipped service trucks and in-house testing equipment to provide field service, on-site troubleshooting and diagnostics and unit testing to meet factory specifications.

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