Ground Support Worldwide

OCT 2012

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NEWS IN BRIEF FOR THE LATEST INDUSTRY NEWS VISIT Avia t ionPros .com Calendar of Events: Oct. 31-Nov. 1 NBAA 2012 65th Annual Meeting & Convention Orlando, FL http://www.nbaa.org Nov. 12-16 SGHA & SLA IATA Workshop Geneva, Switzerland http://www.iata.org/training/cours- es/Pages/tapp32.aspx Cavotec Buys Combibox Cavotec bought Combibox Systems Scandinavia AB. The acquistion made on Sept. 3 is set to further strengthen the Cavotec's product offering and customer base in the global airports sector. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Combibox had annual sales in 2011 of $2.5 million. Combibox's product range – in- ground systems that supply aircraft with air, fuel, electrical power, and fresh and blue water – complements Cavotec's offering. Business Buzz Hactl Honored: Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl), was voted "Ground Handler of the Year" by air cargo industry publication, Payload Asia. Companies were voted for online by magazine readers on the basis of operational excellence, customer ser- vice, product innovations, competitive services and scope of service offerings. Handling Spin Off: Air India created two subsidiaries, one for engineering and the other for ground handling, as part of Crucially, Combibox's excellent cus- tomer base provides Cavotec with a large number of new opportunities a turnaround plan. For ground handling, the airline will provide equity to Air India Transport Services Limited over the next 12 years. About 12,000 employees will join the subsidiary. American Shutters MRO: American Airlines will close its Fort Worth, TX, maintenance base by the end of the year, lay off 839 Tulsa mechanics and consolidate major aircraft mainte- nance operations in Tulsa, OK, and at NTSB Urges Safety Gear For Taxiing Jetliners Jetliners should be equipped with anti-collision equipment such as cameras to help pilots avoid clipping wing tips while taxiing, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended. The recommendation from the safety board to the Federal Aviation Administration follows at least three runway collisions in the past 18 months. The problem in larger planes, the NTSB said, is that the pilot can't see the wing tips from the cockpit without opening a window, which the NTSB says is often impractical. The board suggests that a camera could be mounted with a display in the cockpit so that pilots could see other aircraft and obstacles. The NTSB said that new warning equipment should be installed on older planes as well as new ones and that Boeing's 747, 757, 767 and 777 models, along with the Airbus A380 and McDonnell Douglas' MD-10 and MD-11, should be covered. Combibox's in-ground systems supply aircraft with air, fuel, electrical power and fresh and blue water. that will help support the future growth of the group. The acquisition will add new and reinforce existing markets for Cavotec across Asia, the Baltics, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and India. Combibox is extremely active in the market, and until now has been one of Cavotec's main competitors in the sector. Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. More than 1,700 mechanics and related workers at American's three aircraft overhaul bases will be laid off by next February. SLC To Build Deicing Pad: Salt Lake City International Airport received a $9 million FAA grant to construct a new deicing pad at the end of Runway 34R. This will enable aircraft to deice closer to the runway instead of near the gates. Construction is expected to begin in April 2013 and be completed by October 2014. Partnerships/ Acquisitions/ Contracts Flightcare Acquisition: Swissport International has completed its acquisi- tion of Flightcare Spain and Flightcare Belgium. The deal significantly boosts Swissport's network in Spain and allows it to become a full-service provider at Brussels Airport by adding ground han- dling services to its portfolio. New Menzies Deals: Menzies Aviation has signed a three-year contract with AviationPros.com 7

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