Major Events in 2013
85th Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition
July 29 - Aug 4
EAA Airventure Oshkosh
July 31 - Aug 1
ACI-NA Deicing Management Conference
EU opens ground handling: The European Parliament approved revisions to ground handling regulations at major European Union airports. All airports with a capacity of at least 15 million passengers and/or 200,000 tons of freight per year will have to deploy at least three ground service providers, up from the current two providers.
FCX opens office in Brazil: FCX Systems, Inc. is continuing to expand across the globe by opening a new satellite office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as of March 1, 2013. The company teamed up with MacLog Solutions under the leadership of Marcelo Correa for representation in Brazil. FCX is also currently in the midst of finalizing partnership with a systems integrator in Brazil.
Improvements in baggage handling: Baggage handling improved last year with the rate of mishandled bags dropping 1.78 percent, according to the ninth annual SITA Baggage Report. One area the industry is focusing on is improving baggage transfers between flights. In 2012, SITA’s report showed an improvement in this area with transfer bags, as a proportion of all mishandled bags, down 9 percent from 2011.
Judgment against Swiss-port: A Ukraine commercial appeals court ruling allowed the transfer of a 70 percent stake in Swissport Ukraine, the country’s largest airport cargo handler, to Ukraine International Airlines for $433,000, giving the airline a combined 100 percent stake and control over the business. In other news, Swissport Executive Aviation Nice has been voted 3rd of the top FBOs in Europe, Middle East, Russia and Africa by readers of European Business Air News. Also, Swissport Hellas joined the International Air Carrier Association as an associate member.
No bridges for LAN: LAN Argentina is in dispute with Intercargo over ground handling fees. Intercargo hiked its rates by 55 percent despite a contract with the airline that ran until next March. According to press reports, LAN balked at the increase and, as a result, LAN passengers are unable to deplane via passenger boarding bridges at any Argentinean airport.
Late to the gate: Airlines are struggling this year to get planes to the gate on time, according to data from the Department of Transportation. The government said 80 percent of flights by U.S. carriers arrived on time in January and February. That’s down from a record 85 percent during last year’s storm-free winter. Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time rating in February at 92 percent. Delta was best among the nation’s five largest airlines at 86 percent.
Weigh-in at check-in: Samoa Air asks passengers to declare their personal weight during booking, which is then charged per kilogram at a rate dependent on flight length to calculate airfare. The customers will also be weighed at the check-in counter. Children under 12 are charged 75 percent of the adult rate, with fares also based on weight. Any overweight baggage is calculated at the same rate as the passenger’s personal weight.
Cargo award for SWA: Southwest Airlines Cargo received continued recognition for excellence in air cargo and has once again been recognized in Air Cargo World’s annual Air Cargo Excellence (ACE) Survey as the Diamond Award winner of the “up to 299,999 tonnes” category.
Patent lawsuits settled: Lift manufacturers Vehicle Service Group and Stertil®-Koni USA Inc. agreed to license patented heavy-duty vehicle lift technology to each other. The mutual licensing agreements resolve patent infringement lawsuits the companies filed against each other last year.
United saves on fuel: United Airlines announced its new goal to save 85 million gallons of fuel in 2013, equivalent to 828,750 metric tons of CO2 or roughly $275 million dollars at current fuel prices. United has already improved its fuel efficiency by 32 percent since 1994 through programs, such as improved flight planning, single engine taxiing, lighter products on board and use of ground power instead of the on-board APU to save fuel and reduce carbon emissions while aircraft are parked.