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  • Where Were You On 9/11?

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday September 10, 2013
    [ EDITOR'S NOTE: We first wrote this blog on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.] Everyone on earth knows this Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Where were you on that day? We’d like to know. I remember sitting at my desk reading the headlines...
  • Underground GSE

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday August 20, 2013
    We picked up  two news items last week that point to maximizing ramp efficiency by using space underground:   Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, for example, started using a new PCA system at gates in the A and B concourses last week. The...
  • Alaska Airlines Tests Solar-Powered Passenger Ramps

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday August 13, 2013
    Alaska Airlines caught our eye twice in the last two weeks as we looked over our morning news feeds: At the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, the airline has been testing out solar-powered...
  • Swissport To Airlines: Get Out Of Ground Handling

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday August 6, 2013
    Actually, Per Utnegaard put things more diplomatically in a recent interview with Bloomberg Businessweek. “Many airlines are still operating a lot of non-core activities rather than focusing on flying aircraft with the right fleet and the right number...
  • Boarding Time

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday July 9, 2013
    Nothing beats the economics of flying a plane full of people from Point A to Point B. It’s the economics of getting those people on at Point A that could stand some improvement. Extra minutes at the gate add up, and we’ve read studies that each...
  • Americans Love To Hate Airlines

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday July 2, 2013
    U.S. consumers are more satisfied with airlines in recent years but the industry still gets relatively low marks, mainly due to the onboard experience, according to a customer poll released last month. In its latest survey of 70,000 people, the American...
  • More On 'What’s Going On Here?'

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday June 25, 2013
    We received plenty of comments on our LinkedIn group after we posted a video that made the news last week. The video taken from a passenger aboard a plane at Guangzhou Airport showed a ramp worker loading boxes onto a conveyor seemingly oblivious that...
  • (VIDEO) From The Sublime To The Ridiculous

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday June 18, 2013
    First, we read the news that a team of students from Brazil won top honors, including more than $40,000 in prize money, for an air-powered baggage handling idea borrowed from air hockey tables. Everyone knows that air hockey relies on a cushion of...
  • Justice For Swissport?

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday June 11, 2013
    As we write this, Swissport has already had its day in court – or, at the very least, its first day in the Highest Economic Court in Ukraine. Today the court heard Swissport’s appeal of a lower court decision that stripped the ground handling...
  • A New Piece Of Equipment For The Tarmac?

    By Steve Smith - Tuesday June 4, 2013
    We received an interesting press release about a new unmanned ground vehicle currently being tested at Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport. The unusual six-wheeled vehicle is built low to the ground and appears to have the world’s...