September 2013 News

Major Events in 2013 September 22-25 ACI National Conference & Exhibition San Jose Convention Center San Jose, CA   October 8 - 11 Inter airport Europe Munich Trade Fair Munich, Germany   Business Buzz Sea-Tac Centralizes...

Major Events in 2013

September 22-25

ACI National Conference & Exhibition

San Jose Convention Center

San Jose, CA


October 8 - 11

Inter airport Europe

Munich Trade Fair

Munich, Germany


Business Buzz

Sea-Tac Centralizes PCA: The Seattle Tacoma International Airport centralized its PCA system to provide cool and warm air to planes at each of its 73 gates. The airport took advantage of a $22 million VALE grant, the largest federal grant of its kind, to offset the costs of the $43 million project that features 15 miles of piping installed within the terminal that connects to a central plant.


Alaska Airlines Testing Solar-Powered Ramps: Alaska Airlines is testing solar-powered passenger ramps manufactured by Keith Consolidated Industries, White City, OR, at the Seattle-Tacoma International and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International airports.


JBT AeroTech’s Revenue Down 2 Percent: JBT AeroTech’s second quarter revenue of $76 million declined 2 percent from the same period in 2012. Strong equipment sales and after-market volume in ground support, particularly for deicers and cargo loaders during the second quarter was more than offset by lower sales of passenger boarding bridges, military loaders and automated systems.


Dual Boarding Process Tested: Alaska Airlines is considering letting passengers enter and exit its Boeing 737s by front and aft doors, the latter down a ramp or stairs to the tarmac. The airline has been experimenting with variations on this “dual boarding” technique at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, San Jose and Long Beach airports. The airline reports that letting passengers leave out the back can cut unloading time by eight to 10 minutes.

Demand For Aircraft To Remain Strong: Boeing Co. expects aircraft demand to remain strong during the next 20 years, and shift to long-range, fuel-efficient single-aisle planes with strongest growth in demand coming from Asia. The company forecasts demand for 35,000 commercial aircraft during the next two decades worth about $4.8 trillion. That would double the world’s fleet of commercial planes.


Ecotality Exploring Restructuring: Ecotality Inc. said it is exploring strategic options, including a restructuring or sale, after citing a range of problems, including payment suspensions from the U.S. Department of Energy. The DOE suspended payments to Ecotality after the company warned government funders last week about its poor sales performance and other issues.


Air Transat Renews IOSA Registration: Air Transat, which has been registered under the International Air Transport Association’s IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) program since 2008, recently became the first airline in the world to renew its IOSA Registration based on the E-IOSA methodology.


Wheelchair Attendants Drop Complaints: Workers who push passengers in wheelchairs at Philadelphia International Airport have withdrawn complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation that alleged they did not receive proper training from their employer, PrimeFlight Aviation Services, or equipment to do their jobs safely. The workers dropped their action naming PrimeFlight and airlines including US Airways Group, United, and Southwest after seeing documentation that they had received the required training.


Workers Protest Outsourcing: About 100 United Airlines employees lined a main road leading to Bush Intercontinental Airport in August to protest the possible outsourcing of their jobs. Union leaders fear that outsourcing could drop wages to as low as $8 an hour and exclude health coverage.


Disabled Man Sues Delta: According to the lawsuit filed last July against Delta Air Lines, D. Baraka Kanaan was “forced to crawl across an airport tarmac, up and down the stairs of an airplane, down the aisle of the aircraft and out of and into his seat” while boarding a flight last summer from Maui to Nantucket and again when boarding a return flight from Nantucket to Maui, where Kanaan lives.

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