SG Biofuels, a San Diego-based company backed by Airbus, said it will plant 75,000 acres of jatropha in Brazil to power aircraft for about $50 a barrel less than traditional jet fuel. SG Biofuels says it will produce unrefined jatropha oil that will sell for $75 a barrel. Refined jet fuel costs about $126 a barrel in New York Harbor spot market last month.
Denver will become Icelandair's ninth North American gateway next May. The airline will operate four nonstop flights between Denver and Reykjavik.
Vector Aerospace Corporation held a grand opening last month for its newly relocated and expanded engine service center. Vector Aerospace Engine Services Atlantic-Dallas, Grapevine, TX, will offer a variety of specialized services including engine and engine accessory repair and overhaul, hot section inspections, boroscope inspections and field service support for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A, JT15D and PW100 series engines.
KTSDI has opened a new parts and repair shop in Youngstown, OH. Servicing both towbar and towbarless tractors with Kessler axles and Transfer cases, Mobil Elektronik Steer-X-Wire and complete controls, Alfred Heyd tie rods and Neumeister Hydraulik. For more information, log on to www.ktski.com.
At last month’s Deutsche Bank Aviation and Transportation Conference, American Airlines did not rule out the possibility of seeking bankruptcy protection to reorganize its labor agreements.
U.S. Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), ranking member of the Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security, and subcommittee member Mark Begich (D-AK) last month led a bipartisan group of 27 senators sending a letter to the EPA and FAA urging all to work together to find a safe, viable, readily available, and cost-efficient alternative to leaded avgas used by the general aviation community before taking steps to ban the fuel. Leaded avgas is currently used to fuel approximately 150,000 piston-engine aircraft across the nation. Despite ongoing research and testing, there is currently no safe or affordable alternative fuel to leaded avgas that can meet the needs of the GA aircraft fleet and FAA flight safety standards
China Cargo Airlines Launches Service to St. Louis;
Awards Ground Handling Contract to ATS and WFS
Airport Terminal Services in partnership with Worldwide Flight Services has won the aircraft ground handling and cargo warehouse handling contract for China Cargo Airlines’ launch of direct cargo services between Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) and its main base at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA).
The new contract commenced with the launch of air services on Sept. 23. The cargo service represents the first phase in an economic development program planned by the Midwest-China Hub Commission, a group of prominent Missouri-based associations dedicated to regional growth through international trade opportunities.
China Cargo Airlines is based in Shanghai and was established in 1998 as China's first all-cargo airline.
“We are immensely excited to be a part of this pioneering opportunity with St. Louis to stimulate a new global trade lane with China,” said ATS President and COO Sally Leible. “We have created a dynamic partnership by combining our 35-plus-year history of operating at STL with Worldwide Flight Services’ specific knowledge of China Cargo Airlines to produce a winning result.”
Industrial Energy Products, Inc. has named Ship It AOG as its exclusive national distributor of the HOT-STOP 'L' Fire Containment Bag to the aviation industry. The bag has been tested twice in live fire evaluations at the FAA Tech Center. The HOT-STOP 'L' Fire Containment Bag safely contains fires, explosions and smoke emissions from lithium-ion-powered devices as well as any combustible item aboard an aircraft.
Menzies Aviation LAX has contracted with A&V Rebuilding to remanufacture its existing baggage/cargo tractor fleet. The noncompliant Ford 300 engines are being replaced with New CARB/EPA Certified Ford DSG-423, 2.3L LPG fueled engines.
JetStream Ground Services has been awarded the ground handling services contract for Delta Air Lines at Jackson-Evers International Airport (JAN), Jackson, MS. Providing full below-the-wing support for Delta's 12 daily departures, this represents JetStream's first contract award with the airline.