2013 June/July News

Major Events in 2013 July 29 - August 4 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI   July 31 - August 1 Deicing Management Conference Arlington, VA   October 8-11 inter airport Europe Munich, Germany     Businss Buzz Ground...

• Etihad Airways has acquired three airport services companies to accelerate and consolidate the development of in-flight catering services, ground handling and cargo operations at Abu Dhabi International Airport. Formerly part of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, the three companies, Abu Dhabi Airport Services, Abu Dhabi In-Flight Catering and Abu Dhabi Cargo Company, are being incorporated, subject to regulatory approvals, into Etihad Airport Services.


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Jerry Derusha, Premier Engineering & Manufacturing, was on hand to accept the Equipment Provider of the Year for 2012 from Larry Laney, director of ground support from the airline’s GSE department. It’s the second year in a row the deicing manufacturer has won the award. The award started in 2007 as an expansion of the GSE department’s employee recognition program. The entire GSE staff nominates and then selects the winner based on criteria ranging from customer and parts support to training and warranty.


Swissport International Ltd. announced that John Batten, executive vice president, cargo services, and a member of Swissport’s Group Executive Management will step down from his position effective Aug. 31 to pursue new opportunities. Batten joined Swissport from Qatar Airways in August 2008. At press time, Batten was reportedly joining cargo airline Coyne Airways as managing director.


In other news, Swissport International appointed Steen Georg Pedersen as commercial director, integrator handling.


Paul Nutter joined ABC Industries, Inc.’s industrial ventilation ducting division as a product manager with an emphasis on airline, dehumidification/restoration and distributor development. In his new role, Nutter will be responsible for building and managing customer accounts and new product development. He will also work closely with inside sales to assure all aspects of customer service are executed in a timely, accurate manner.


Mike Beck was named vice president and general manager of the fuel and motion control systems division for Eaton’s Aerospace Group. Most recently, Beck was the chief executive officer of GKN Aerospace Engine Systems Business where he led the due diligence, business synergies and integration of a $1.1 billion acquisition. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer for GKN’s propulsion systems and special products business where he led a global organization with 15 manufacturing locations.


Three more senior executives of Kingfisher Airlines Ltd, including Saurav Sinha, chief information officer, Capt. Ronald Nagar, flight operations head and Ajit Bagchi, cabin crew dead, have quit the grounded carrier. Their resignations come close on the heels of Hitesh Patel, executive vice president and Murali Ramachandran, ground handling chief reportedly parting ways with the airline.

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