Major Events in 2013
July 29 - August 4
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
July 31 - August 1
Deicing Management Conference
inter airport Europe
Ground handler creates own deicing fluid: Baltic Ground Services will become the first ground service provider to develop, certificate and produce its own eco-friendly Type I deicing fluid in Europe. Baltic announced the successful certification of a glycerin-based Type I deicing fluid called Defrosol ADF.
Delta retrofits GSE to electric: Delta Air Lines recently partnered with Clean Cities Atlanta on a project to retrofit 35 diesel-powered GSE to all-electric units at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Hercules Engine Components repowered 24 TUG Belt Loaders, JBT Corporation repowered 11 FMC Container Loaders, while Averest, Inc. supplied the batteries for the converted units.
SATS posts higher profits: Growth in Asia’s aviation sector boosted full-year profits for SATS. Earnings for the fiscal year ending last March rose 8.1 percent year on year to $184.8 million. The earnings growth came on the back of a 7.9 percent jump in sales to $1.82 billion. In other news, SATS clinched the “Best Air Cargo Terminal in Asia” title at the 27th Asian Freight & Supply Chain Awards. It is the 15th time that SATS has received this award.
AMSS opens new factory in UK: Aircraft Maintenance Support Services opened a new $1.9 million engineering/manufacturing facility this week. The new site is set to create a minimum of 28 new jobs over the next three years, in addition to 23 already created and will enable the company to meet the growing demand for its products.
Signature opens at SIN: Signature Flight Support will open a new facility at Changi International Airport. It will provide “supervisory services” for ground handling and fuel coordination. The Changi location will be Signature’s second facility in Asia and joins its investment in the Hong Kong Business Aviation Center at Chek Lap Kok/Hong Kong International Airport.
Airlines collected $6 billion in fees in 2012: U.S. airlines collected more than $6 billion in baggage and reservation change fees from passengers last year — the highest amount since the fees became common five years ago. The nation’s 15 largest carriers collected a combined $3.5 billion in bag fees in 2012, up 3.8 percent from 2011, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Fees for changing a reservation totaled $2.6 billion, up 7.3 percent. Delta Air Lines once again took in the most fees — $865.9 million from baggage alone — but it also carried more passengers than any other airline.
Airline takes airline-owned ground handler to court: Dutch Antilles Express had to take the Surair Ground Handling Services to the court to get services restored to its flights upon arrival at the Paramaribo-Zanderij International Airport. The president of Suriname Airways refused to provide services to DAE even though DAE made the demanded transactions to eliminate outstanding arrears and also offered to pay cash on delivery. Suriname Airways is the owner of the only terminal of the only international airport in Suriname, the owner of the only ground handling service company at the airport and is a direct competitor of DAE to Curacao and Miami.
United to offer annual packages for checked bags: United Airlines will offer customers annual subscriptions to prepay for checked bags and more legroom. Starting at $349, United passengers can prepay for checked bags for a year. The subscription also has add-ons, such as checking more than one bag and adding additional travelers.
GlobalAir upgrades rating system: Aviators can now more accurately shop for FBOs at GlobalAir.com. Pilots can view the ratings on each FBO’s page to get the overall score, or select the rating system to view a more detailed rating of the facilities’ cleanliness, front desk and line services, competitiveness of fuel price and the pilot amenities.
Business Buzz ¦ The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revised its airline financial forecast for 2009 to a global loss of $9 billion. It is nearly double the association’s March...