Orlando … ASIG®, a BBA Aviation, plc company and an industry leader in aviation services, announced today that Star Alliance, on behalf of its partner airlines located in Zones A and D at London Heathrow (LHR)’s future Terminal 2, has appointed ASIG as the Passenger Services Handler for the Common Economy Class Check-In. The new terminal is expected to open in June 2014.
Gus Gilmore, Star Alliance, Project Director T-2, commented “On behalf of Star Alliance and the partner airlines in Zone A and D T2 and subject to final signatures, I am delighted to announce ASIG has been appointed the Ground Handler for this important piece of check-in. After a very demanding RFP process both in terms of complexity and the very aggressive timeline, ASIG has emerged as the preferred supplier. ASIG has a strong relationship with a number of Star carriers and we look forward to working with them in the new terminal.”
ASIG will sign individual Standard Ground Handling Agreements (SGHA’s) with Zone A and D carriers for the common elements of economy class check-in whilst continuing to negotiate other aspects of Ground Handling services at the new terminal facility. The agreement will initially be for a three year period.
Pat Pearse, Managing Director for BBA Aviation’s EMEA Flight Support Division remarked, “We are delighted to have been selected as the preferred provider for such an integral part of this exciting and innovative new Terminal that will open next year. We were extremely impressed by how Star Alliance and its partner airlines approached this RFP process and now look forward to exceeding both theirs and their passenger expectations.”
The award for both Zones continues to enhance ASIG’s relationship with Star Alliance at London Heathrow airport. The commencement date of the agreement will be determined by the individual carriers, dependent on several factors including the desire by all to ensure that this new common economy class check-in is fully tested before moving to the new terminal.
ASIG will commence operations on March 30th at Terminal One and will transition with Aegean when the airline moves to the new Terminal 2 facility in July of this year.
Through a joint tender, six member carriers at London Heathrow have selected Menzies Aviation as their new ground handling company, in advance of their moves to Terminal 1.