March 2013 Ground Support Worldwide News

Business Buzz Goldhofer buys SCHOPF: On Jan. 1, 2013, Goldhofer Aktiengesellschaft took over the SCHOPF group. The group includes SCHOPF Maschinenbau GmbH and SCHOPF ROFAN GmbH, which together have a workforce of about 160 employees. Swissport...


Swissport to hire 1,000: Swissport USA plans to hire 1,000 New Jersey residents for available positions with the aviation ground services company at Newark Liberty International Airport as it opens a new cargo and baggage handling operation this April. Swissport asked the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to help fill the positions, giving priority consideration to people displaced by Superstorm Sandy and New Jersey’s long-term unemployed, particularly those already involved in storm cleanup efforts through a National Emergency Grant.

Bridges for BOD: Adelte Airport Technologies will install two passenger boarding bridges at the Bordeaux-Merignac Airport. The French airport,which sees almost 4 million passengers each year, is updating its facilities to improve both traveler experience and aircraft services.

Operations at BJV, DLM: Turkish Ground Services, which celebrated the handling of its millionth aircraft at the start of this year, is to expand its operation to Milas-Bodrum and Dalaman airports.

Authorized repair: JLG appointed Palmer Johnson Power Systems’ Madison,WI, branch as an Authorized Ground Support Service Provider. The Madison branch is the fifth Palmer Johnson branch awarded the JLG status.

New Service: Valley International Airport, Harlingen, TX, is offering above- and below-wing, ground handling service. The first airline to take advantage of the airport’s ground handling service was Sun Country Airlines effective last October with Republic Airways following suit effective Jan. 1.

Catering award: Gategroup announced contracts totaling more than $462 million over a three-year agreement with United Airlines. This award was part of a tender that covered the majority of United’s contracts with the gategroup brand, Gate Gourmet.

 

People in the News

Michael Doane retired from Douglas Equipment after 50 years with the company, including positions in engineering, sales and marketing. Doane joined the company in 1963 on a five-year engineering apprenticeship and in 1968 qualified as a production engineer.

Doane rose steadily through the ranks progressing from production engineer to senior design engineer from 1963 to 1973. He then became technical sales engineer, rising to general sales manager in 1987 and became Douglas’ sales and marketing director in 1988. Among his biggest achievements was the launch of a completely new product range of towbarless aircraft-handling tractors, which became the global market leader in less than five years.

In 2010, Douglas achieved the rare accolade of winning two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in one year. It received the Queen’s Award for Innovation for the Douglas RAM Handler which reduced the deck handling time for aircraft from seven minutes to just 50 seconds. It was developed for the Royal Navy and subsequently marketed to other forces. And it also took the Queen’s Award for International Trade.

Alexis Frantz joins Servair as head of strategy.

Betsy Bacon was named managing director of Alaska Air Cargo. Bacon previously served as director of cargo operations and compliance.

Captain John Floyd was appointed director of safety for Aloha Air Cargo.

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