American Eagle Fined $200,000: The U. S. Department of Transportation fined American Eagle Airlines $200,000 for lengthy tarmac delays that took place at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Dec. 25, 2012. An investigation revealed that 10 flights experienced delays that exceeded the three-hour limit at Dallas-Fort Worth during a snow and ice storm.
$1 Million Plan To Upgrade LRU Fuel Farm Draws Criticism: An estimated $1 million upgrade to bring fuel storage tanks at Las Cruces International Airport into compliance with state environmental regulations is being questioned by some pilots and a longtime airport business. The airport contends that all five tanks and the existing fuel facility do not meet state regulatory rules.
EnerSys Marks 125 Years: From its beginning in 1888, EnerSys® has evolved to become the largest industrial battery manufacturer in the world, operating manufacturing, assembly, and distribution facilities worldwide for customers in more than 100 countries while exceeding $2.3 billion in sales in 2012. The extensive line of motive power, reserve power, aerospace and defense and specialty batteries are complemented with a full range of integrated services and systems.
Menzies Buys Into Australian, Columbian Markets: Menzies Aviation has agreed to acquire the Australian ground handling business, Skystar for £7.7 million in cash ($12 million), and the Colombian ground and cargo handling business, Desacol for £6.4 million in cash ($10 million). Skystar operates at eight airports throughout Australia and New Zealand handling 17,000 turnarounds annually for 10 airlines, including Jetstar and Qantas. The deal gives Menzies entry into the Perth ground handling market. Desacol operates in five airports, with its largest operation in Bogota. It handles 60,000 turnarounds and 50,000 tonnes of cargo each year with a number of Menzies’ existing customers and provides an opportunity to further develop relationships with key customers such as LAN and COPA airlines.
Swissport Acquires Servisair: Swissport acquired Servisair from Derichebourg SA (DBG) for 450 million euros ($597 million) in its biggest purchase to date. Servisair provides service at 118 stations in 20 countries with a workforce of 15,000. In other recent deals, Swissport, announced in March it would buy the majority of the ground-handling operations from Nordic airline SAS Group AB. In September 2012, it purchased Flightcare Spain and Flightcare Belgium from Madrid-based FCC Versia SA.
Cargo Airport Services Acquires IAS: Cargo Airport Services USA, LLC, acquired Integrated Airline Services. Founded in 1984, IAS operates in 41 airports in the United States, and is the largest cargo handler at DFW. Some of IAS’ customers include EVA Airways, Kalitta Airways, Lufthansa Cargo AG, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines Cargo, Korean Airlines Cargo, Cargolux, DHL, and the UPS States Postal Service. IAS annual revenues are $65 million and its workforce of 1,600 handles over 300,000 tonnes of cargo a year, excluding integrator cargo airline volumes and USPS mail volumes. CAS has annual revenues of $130 million and handles 1.1 million tonnes of cargo a year with a workforce of 1,900 people.
JBT Wins Contract With RDU: JBT AeroTech has been awarded a five-year airport services five-year contract at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport that is estimated to generate an excess of $9 million in revenue during its term. JBT AeroTech will provide comprehensive maintenance and repair services for the gate and baggage handling equipment at RDU.
Michigan Regulators OK Deicing Discharge: The state’s Department of Environmental Quality issued a first-of-its-kind discharge permit to Gerald R. Ford International Airport, concluding more than a year of review and public process to develop a system for the airport to safely deal with the deicing fluid it uses on planes each winter. Airport officials have committed to construct an on-site treatment system for storm water by Oct. 1, 2015. This will be the first on-site treatment system for deicing fluids at a Michigan airport.
Calendar of Events: October 18-20 16th Annual Cargo Facts Aircraft Symposium Miami, FL (212) 532-4612 http://royalmedia.com/events/cargo-facts-2010-aircraft-symposium...
Business Buzz ¦ Menzies Aviation announced that it has been awarded the ground handling and cabin cleaning contract for Qantas Airways in Los Angeles (LAX). Qantas Airways, which has the...
Business Buzz ¦ Representatives from global passenger air carriers, air freight carriers and ground handling companies recently attended a “green“ ground support equipment (GSE) open house...