Avro’s new GSE rolled out

Avro GSE, a subsidiary of Saskarc Industries, has launched a new line of powered equipment.

Not only is the equipment modern, efficient and green, but it is also equipped with a fleet management system, that of Avro Tracker. This comes with a one year managed maintenance programme called Avro Care. 

Avro’s new GSE range includes several models of baggage tractor, an aircraft pushback tractor, a beltloader and other equipment besides. Several of these units are running on electric, which will help customers reduce their carbon footprint and cut costs. In addition, all of the equipment is specifically manufactured to withstand the harsh North American climate and comes with a 12 month warranty.  

avroUnder the Avro Care programme, Avro GSE proactively monitors and manages all Avro GSE powered equipment and vehicle maintenance requirements for one year, although longer subscription terms are available. With three tiered service levels of Avro Tracker available, the Avro Care programme is designed to enhance operations by helping to avoid unscheduled downtime through malfunctioning equipment or poor operator behaviour. This fleet management solution, combined with the vendor managed maintenance programme, aims at prolonging equipment life and maximising the value, performance and efficiency of the assets. 

Trego Dugan on a roll

Trego/Dugan Aviation has been awarded eight new airline ground handling contracts so far in 2018. These include above and below the wing contracts for Allegiant at Fort Lauderdale, Charleston International and Nashville; Spirit at Port Columbus TRego DuganInternational; Frontier at Spokane; Alaska at Pittsburgh International and WOW Air at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky.

Company President Vince Dugan commented: “Trego Dugan is very pleased with the growth we are enjoying with existing airline partners as well as the addition of new customers. 2018 is shaping up as a banner year for TDA.” The company currently provides ground handling in 26 cities around the US.

Orlando welcomes biometric facilities

SITA has been chosen by the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority as the technology partner for biometric exit at Orlando International airport. Orlando International becomes the first US airport to fully deploy the US Customs & Border Protection Biometric Entry and Exit Programme. Over the coming months, SITA will integrate Smart Path, its sophisticated biometric technology, at the airport’s 30 international boarding gates.SITA man-face-biometric-points-1240x954

Earlier this year, SITA worked with GOAA, British Airways and CBP to incorporate the US biometric departure check for British Airways’ customers. The trial’s success has prompted airport-wide implementation of the technology. The system makes passenger boarding both quicker and easier, while it also incorporates the new secure biometric exit checks. Currently, British Airways is boarding flights of almost 240 customers in around 15 minutes. With Smart Path, passengers look at a camera, without having to present boarding passes or passports.

John Newsome, Chief Information Officer, GOAA, commented: “Our decision to implement biometric exit checks across the whole airport follows a hugely successful live trial. The innovative boarding process we tested is really popular with passengers. They simply look at the camera and within seconds the gate opens and they can board the flight. It is easy, fast and most importantly, secure. The solution works on common-use boarding gates and can be easily used by the many international airlines that we serve at Orlando.”

WFS wins in Newark

Worldwide Flight Services has won a three-year contract to provide ramp handling for Lufthansa Group’s flights at Newark Liberty International airport. Under the terms of the agreement, the start of each airline’s summer schedules will see the WFS team in Newark responsible for handling Lufthansa’s three flights a day serving Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and Munich, as well as Austrian Airlines’ and SWISS International Airlines’ daily services.

Tronair awarded by Gulfstream

Tronair, a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, has been recognised for its efforts by Gulfstream Aerospace, with the prestigious

“Gulfstream Supplier of the Year award for 2017”. Gulfstream issues the awards bi-annually to recognise suppliers who have achieved superior performance. Award selection is based on the Gulfstream Supplier Report Card measurement criteria, which tracks overall value, delivery, quality, customer service and compliance for select Gulfstream suppliers. 

The award was presented by Bill Williams, Vice President of Supply Chain and Dennis Stuligross, Senior Vice President of Operations. To receive the award at the 2018 Gulfstream Operators & Suppliers Conference on behalf of Tronair was Tony Sanchez, Regional Sales Director, Jessica Hennessey, Customer Experience Leader and Chad Gibson, Product Specialist.

Lindesy Jalil made MD Commercial at Delta Cargo

Delta Air Lines Cargo has appointed Lindsey Jalil as Managing Director – Commercial, Delta Cargo - Lindsey_Jalila role previously held by Kristin Colvile, who was recently promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, SkyTeam.

With effect from June 1, Jalil has been leading Delta Cargo’s commercial activities, which include alliances, distribution, marketing and communications, products, technology, reporting and revenue management. Jalil has been with Delta since 2005 and has fulfilled various roles within the carrier’s organisation since that date.

Colombian acquisition

DHL Supply Chain has just acquired the Suppla Group, a company that specialises in providing logistics services in Colombia. Suppla, a long-established enterprise, is present in five regions and operates across 25 cities within Colombia. Altogether it offers around 500,000 square metres of storage capacity and employs 4,500 staff. This takeover is seen as enabling DHL Supply Chain to grow its presence in Colombia, which will in turn assist it to expand into the wider Latin American region.

Southwest takes landmark LEKTRO tug

LEKTRO reached a milestone recently when Southwest Airlines took delivery of the 5,300th towbarless tug built by the manufacturer.

5300th Tug SWA SJCSouthwest duly placed the tug into service at its San Jose operation.

To date, LEKTRO has produced more towbarless aircraft tractors than any other manufacturer in the world. The tug, a Model AP8950SDB-AL-200, is the company’s second largest pushback model, and capable of handling aircraft up to 210,000 pounds: this includes the Boeing 737 that Southwest Airlines utilises. The model was introduced in 2014 at the request of airlines for a tug that was certified to handle both the B737 and A320 families of aircraft.

Earlier, Southwest Airlines had honoured LEKTRO as its 2016 Equipment Provider of the Year.

Another Maple Leaf lounge to open

Air Canada has announced that it is to open a Maple Leaf Lounge at Saskatoon’s John G Diefenbaker International airport this autumn. This will be the airline’s seventeenth such lounge in Canada.

Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge at Skyxe Saskatoon airport will be located after security, near to Gate 5. Encompassing 137 square metres, it will have a seating capacity for 40 customers. Work has already started on the project.


Air BP grows its operation in Brazil

Air BP has strengthened its presence in Brazil and will start supplying fuel at Santos Dumont airport.Santos Santos Dumont complements Air BP’s existing operations in Rio de Janeiro which include Galeão International airport, Jacarepaguá, Cabo Frio and Macaé. This is an important addition to Air BP’s network and comes in response to increased demand from the general and commercial aviation sectors.

Air BP will supply Santos Dumont with Jet A-1 fuel and refuelling will be carried out by an Air BP team of aviation fuel experts. The airport will join the Air BP network, now 900 strong.

Brazil is seen as a key market for Air BP. The company markets fuel at 26 locations across the country, providing fuel and services to general aviation, commercial aviation and military operations.

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