Towing to the MAX
Electric vehicle manufacturer LEKTRO has confirmed the certification of its AP8950SDB-AL-200 for towing the Boeing 737 MAX. In do doing, this becomes the first towbarless towing vehicle to be certified to handle the new Boeing aircraft. Thanks to the versatility of LEKTRO’s proprietary automatic aircraft recognition system, this also means that the company’s larger AP8950SDB-AL-250 is certified for use on the B737 MAX
Eagle Tugs’ move finalised
Tronair, a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, has announced that Eagle Tugs has successfully moved into 1 Air Cargo Parkway East in Swanton, Ohio. This new, state-of-the-art facility will become the home to all of the Tronair portfolio companies. Within a week of Eagle’s relocation, the first production unit came out of the facility.
Silent running at Sacramento
Sacramento International airport has taken a further step in the transition towards a more environmentally-friendly airport, having secured an FAA grant.
The award of US$2m will allow it to pay for half the cost of five shuttle buses and charging stations. Proterra has been chosen as the vehicle supplier and these buses are expected to enter service next year, carrying passengers between car parks, terminals and car rental facilities.
The airport also plans to open a large, on-site solar farm this year, which will produce up to one-third of the facility’s electrical needs.
Together, the buses and solar facility will reduce airport costs and lighten the airport’s environmental footprint. The solar farm alone is expected to save US$850,000 year. The new buses will supplement the airport’s existing fleet, which runs on compressed natural gas.
Florida’s Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority Awarded $7 Million Grant for Airport ImprovementsBus Network Redesigns Are the ‘Hottest Trend in Transit’The buses and solar facility will reduce airport costs and lighten the airport’s environmental footprint, officials said. The solar farm is expected to save $850,000 year.The new buses will supplement the airport’s existing fleet, which runs on compressed natural gas. “In the long run, it is much more economical to run electric vehicles, and at the same time we are not contributing to greenhouse gas emissions,” spokeswoman Laurie Slothower said.
New Flyer of America, the US subsidiary of New Flyer Industries, the transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor, has broken ground on a US$25m building renovation and expansion project in Anniston, Alabama.
The 36 acre, five building campus will feature a new Vehicle Innovation Centre, which is understood to be North America’s first innovation laboratory that is dedicated to the advancement of bus and coach technology. The VIC will be led in partnership with Motor Coach Industries, another US subsidiary of the company.
“Repairing infrastructure through advanced technology is paramount to America’s competitiveness, safety and prosperity. Through New Flyer’s investment in advanced engineering and manufacturing, we have the potential to dramatically transform the future of public transportation in the US,” commented Wayne Joseph, President of New Flyer of America. “We are proud to power sustainable new technologies, collaborations for smart cities and opportunities to connect people to places.”
Unilode expands its global ULD repair network
Unilode Aviation Solutions has further expanded its global repair network by opening a new FAA Part 145 certified repair centre at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky airport. This new facility will primarily support and expand Unilode’s partnership with DHL, and focus on ULD repairs and assembly, in addition to supporting Unilode’s existing ULD management and repair customers.
Moreover, Unilode’s South American network will be further strengthened by the opening of a repair centre in São Paulo, within the next couple of months. This new facility, along with Unilode’s recently opened FAA Part 145 certified service centre in Santiago, will primarily serve LATAM, which is Unilode’s ULD management customer.
Finally, Unilode has said that it also plans to open a repair centre in Jeddah before the end of this year. This facility will mainly focus on supporting Saudia Airlines (Unilode’s ULD management customer) with its ULD management and repair needs.
LSG Group celebrates contract renewal
The LSG Group has renewed and extended its contract with Alaska Airlines for a further three years. This new agreement will cover 40 airports in both the US and Mexico, which equates to an average of 3,100 flights per week.
Alaska Airlines is a long established customer of the LSG Group, a catering business that has grown markedly over recent years. Today, the LSG Group, whose catering activities are marketed under the LSG Sky Chefs brand name, also manages product design, equipment warehousing and distribution.
SkyMark appoints new VP Sales
SkyMark Refuelers has announced the appointment of Richard Lewis as its new Vice President of International Sales. Lewis has been working in the Middle East, Asia-Pacific and African regions over the last ten years.
Menzies business booming in the US
Air Canada has just awarded Menzies Aviation two new contracts and a total of 18 renewals for into-plane fuelling services in North America.
The contract renewals were secured for a period of five years, beginning in May 2018, while the new contracts were awarded by Ronald Reagan Washington National and Raleigh–Durham International airports. Combined, this represents more than 24,000 flights that will be fuelled on an annual basis.