Aviapartner Appoints Marcel Blomjous as Managing Director of its Amsterdam Cargo-Handling Subsidiary Aero Groundservices

Brussels, 9 November 2007 – Aviapartner, Europe’s leading independent ground handler, announces the appointment of Marcel Blomjous as the new Managing Director of Aero Groundservices, Aviapartner’s recently acquired cargo handling operation in Amsterdam.

Marcel Blomjous is replacing Peter Loonen, the former Managing Director of Aero Groundservices, who left the company on 1 October to accept a position within VCK Holding, the company from which Aviapartner had acquired Aero Groundservices in April 2007.

Effective since 1 November 2007, Marcel Blomjous is responsible for all operational, financial and commercial matters of Aero Groundservices, Aviapartner’s largest cargo handling station in Amsterdam, in close cooperation with the whole management team of Aero Groundservices and of Aviapartner Cargo.

Marcel has a wide experience in the cargo and transport sector. He spent 13 years with KLM Cargo in various management positions around the world and 9 years at the Koninklijke Frans Maas Groep N.V. (now DSV), where he was General Manager of various subsidiaries and Sales Director Netherlands and Belgium.

Peter Oostenenk, acting CEO: “With Marcel Blomjous, Aviapartner Cargo is gaining an industry professional with an extensive knowledge of the cargo and logistics business. We’re all looking forward to working with Marcel who has such a broad knowledge of the sector, having worked in this industry for over 22 years. His experience in both commercial and operational aspects will no doubt be a precious asset to further develop our cargo handling base in Amsterdam and our cargo handling activities network-wide. Having him on board will be instrumental in further growing this business and highlighting our position as a leader in cargo-handling services in Europe. We also thank Peter Loonen for his commitment and all the good work he has done at Aero Groundservices and especially for his help in the last few months with the integration of Aero Groundservices in Aviapartner Cargo. We wish him full success in his new challenge!”

Marcel Blomjous can be reached via e-mail marcel.blomjous@aeroground.nl or via telephone + 31 20 603 23 45.

Note to editors

Aviapartner, whose origins date back to 1949, is the leading independent ground handler in Continental Europe, with headquarters in Brussels. Its main shareholder is 3i, a world leader in private equity and venture capital.
The Aviapartner group is articulated into 3 business units: cargo handling, ground handling, and catering/technics. On a yearly basis, Aviapartner handles 28 million passengers, 229,000 aircraft and 1.392.000 tons of cargo. In 2006, Aviapartner generated a consolidated turnover of € 280.5 million in 2006. The group currently employs more than 5.700.

Aviapartner Cargo:

Aviapartner Cargo offers the complete range of cargo handling services throughout its network of 32 stations in Europe. Aviapartner Cargo’s portfolio includes more than 100 airlines and forwarders, among which Air France Cargo, British Airways World Cargo, Cargolux, Cathay Pacific Cargo, Egyptair, El Al, Eva Air, Lufthansa Cargo, Nippon Cargo Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, and Singapore Airlines Cargo. Aviapartner Cargo’s growth (+ 110% since 2001!) is supported by highly motivated and qualified staff, an unparalleled quality management system, including web-based quality statistics, and state-of-the-art cargo and warehouse automation systems. In Europe, Aviapartner Cargo’s extensive European network enables it to truck cargo in the whole of Europe, even beyond its 32 station network. Aviapartner Cargo offers a single point of contact for a network of preferred handling suppliers throughout Europe, which have been selected according to very stringent quality criteria in line with Aviapartner’s traditionally high standards for quality.

For further information, please contact:

Christine Karels, Communications Manager, Aviapartner Head Office
Heidestraat 32 – B-1930 Zaventem (Belgium)
Tel.: +32 (0)2 723 03 84 - Fax: +32 (0)2 723 09 81 – Mobile : +32 (0)476 90 01 16
Email : christine.karels@aviapartner.aero

Website: www.aviapartner.aero