Ground Support Worldwide

APR 2013

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IN THE NEWS Major Events in 2013 APRIL 24-26 GSE Buyers Conference Lisbon, Portugal MAY 5-8 IATA Ground Handling Conference Vancouver, Canada of SAS ground handling in Denmark, Sweden and Norway to Swissport. In other company news, Swissport was voted the best cargo handler in Africa for the second time in a row by readers of The STAT Trade Times. JULY AUG 31 - 1 ACI-NA Deicing Management Conference Arlington, VA Business Buzz Tronair earns Product Leader Award: Tronair took home Ground Support Worldwide's Product Leader of the Year presented at last month's AviationPros LIVE, Las Vegas, NV. The company won for the Softcapture™ feature on its Jetporter line. Read more about it in this month's cover story beginning on page 6. SWA honors Premier ... again: For the second year in a row, Premier Engineering and Manufacturing was named Equipment Provider of the Year by Southwest Airlines' GSE department. The company's entire GSE staff nominates and then selects the winner based on criteria ranging from customer and parts support to training and warranty. Swissport buys SAS unit: Swissport International Ltd. and Scandinavian Airline Systems announced an agreement aimed at transferring full ownership 4 Cavotec to supply A380 MRO Center: Cavotec secured a contract to supply, install and commission in-ground pop-up utility pits and preconditioned air units for four new A380 line maintenance hangars at Emirates Engineering Center stationed at DXB. ATS begins using bio-based deicer: Airport Terminal Services began deicing aircraft with Kilfrost DFSustain deicing fuid at STL, the frst airport in the United States to use the bio-based fuid. ATS currently deices approximately 30 percent of STL's commercial aircraft traffc. Delta renovates ground control center: Delta Air Lines completed a $3.5 million renovation of its Ground Control Center at MSP. A signifcant aspect of the control room renovation was the installation of ergonomically designed control room consoles to house the new computers, monitors, intercoms and radio equipment. New Deals Spirit to retroft GSE: Spirit Airlines has purchased 21 Corvus Energy CorPower GROUND SUPPORT WORLDWIDE • APRIL 2013 lithium electric GSE retroft kits to convert its entire feet of baggage tractors at its Fort Lauderdale, FL, operations. Spirit estimates a fuel reduction savings of 25,000 gallons of gasoline per year, resulting in reduction of greenhouse gases by an estimated 243 tons of carbon. WheelTug announces agreements: WheelTug plc Advertiser's Index Advertiser Page # A T Juniper ...........................30 AviationPros LIVE 2014 ........2 ASIG ......................................12 Columbus Jack .....................13 David Clark Co. .....................11 Douglas Equipment..............19 Eagle Tugs ..............................5 Engine Distributors Inc. ......36 announced slot purchase agreements with Corendon Airlines and another undisclosed Boeing 737 NG operator. With 135 new reservations the backlog of WheelTug® Aircraft Drive Systems system grows to nearly 450 delivery slots already reserved by eight airlines with many others currently under discussions. Garsite ...................................16 EPIC partners with NATA: Premier Engineering & Manufacturing ....................9 The National Air Transportation Association announced that EPIC has chosen to partner with NATA Safety 1st to provide training to its branded FBOs. EPIC and UVair FBO Network locations will receive comprehensive training in an easy to administer, self-paced and self-directed online platform through NATA Safety 1st. Checking in on checked bags: US Airways allows passengers to track the status of checked baggage in real time at baggagetracker.usairways.com on all its U.S. fights. Delta Air Lines was the frst airliner to effectively give passen- Global Ground Support ........27 Hydraulics .............................22 Lektro ....................................28 Mercury GSE.........................32 Metroplex ..............................29 Par-Kan ..................................30 Pear Corp ..............................29 PF Fishpole Hoists ...............31 Phoenix Metal Corporation ...........................26 Rampmaster..........................23 Rotorcraft ..............................21 Starline GSE ..........................31 Taughannock ........................24 U.S. Airmotive GSE ..............17 Wasp ......................................15 gers the ability to track luggage as the airline staff has. SWA starts running new TV commercial: Southwest Airlines kicked off a new television advertising campaign that promotes improvements that include its Rapid Rewards program, in-fight WiFi, Live TV, Evolve cabins and new 737-800 aircraft.

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