May 2013 News

Major Events in 2013 May 19-22 85th Annual AAAE Conference and Exposition Reno, NV   July 29 - Aug 4 EAA Airventure Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI July 31 - Aug 1 ACI-NA Deicing Management Conference Arlington, VA   Business...

Check on checked bags: US Airways’ passengers can track their checked bags in real time by going to the US Airways Web site, and typing in bag claim information. US Airways rolled out the service on all flights last March. Delta Air Lines was the first U.S. carrier to launch real-time baggage tracking.

ULDs obtain approval: Nordisk Aviation Products, a subsidiary of AAR Corp., has received Chinese technical standard order approval on several of its products through a working arrangement between the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the European Aviation Safety Agency. Nordisk is the first manufacturer from Europe to benefit from the cost-saving collaboration.

Rushlift expands into GSE: Rushlift Ltd., a supplier of equipment leasing and maintenance services in the United Kingdom, has acquired the ground support equipment maintenance facility at London Heathrow from American Airlines. The deal secures several jobs at the facility and marks an acceleration of the company’s expansion into the market, having already secured contracts to supply and maintain GSE equipment for two major airlines.

FBO management education: The Fundamentals of FBO Management course will be an introduction to the basics of FBO management, with an emphasis on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully manage an FBO, according to its developer John Goglia. The course will be taught this fall at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, NY. For more information, please contact David E. Griffey, Jr. at


New Deals

EVA, ASIG at LHR: ASIG has been awarded the contract to provide full ground handling and passenger services to EVA Air at London Heathrow Airport. At LHR, ASIG has been providing EVA with cabin cleaning and aircraft deicing services since 2005.

JBT wins Air Force contract: JBT AeroTech has been awarded service contracts totaling more than $7 million by the U.S. Air Force to support its fleet of Halvorsen 25K Loaders. The contracts continue through March 2014. JBT AeroTech was awarded contracts in excess of $9 million by a large international air carrier for the supply of aircraft deicing vehicles.

Postal business for Flight Extenders: Matheson Flight Extenders was awarded the Delta Airlines’ commercial U.S. Postal Service mail contract for its station at Spokane International Airport. Matheson will handle inbound and outbound USPS mail product assigned to Delta Airlines.

Dnata’s deals: Dnata, the ground and cargo handling unit of Emirates Airline, announced that it has expanded its partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways at London’s Heathrow Airport. In other news, Dnata announced the acquisition of Australia-based Broadlex Air Services. Broadlex provides aircraft cleaning services, including cabin cleaning, laundry services and passenger support services, at Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports.

Swissport UK at LHR: Swissport UK announced a further partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways at London Heathrow Airport.

Trego-Dugan hires at CVG: Frontier Airlines’ check-in at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport prompted Trego-Dugan Aviation to hire one full-time manager and 20 part-time employees to provide ground handling services.

New PAX bridges at SAL: Adelte Airport Technologies will design, manufacture and install three passenger boarding bridges at the El Salvador International Airport. The airport receives around 2 million passengers annually and is investing $70 million to refurbish and modernize its facilities.


People In The News

Glen Gates was named division president of Matheson Flight Extenders. Gates has more than 30 years of experience primarily related to air cargo and airline operations. He brings a variety of skills to Matheson, including familiarity with international and domestic freight forwarding; passenger and cargo charter in domestic, international and military environments; fleet planning; ramp and terminal operations; and trans-border services for large aircraft. In addition, Gates spent two years with the U.S. Postal Service in Washington DC where he designed the e-commerce system/digital communications/ performance measurement and financial control applications. He also developed the strategic business plans and corporate aircraft operations objectives for shared and peak season air networks.

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