Self-bag drop facilities for Montréal-Trudeau

Canada’s Montréal-Trudeau airport, like Toronto airport, is now utilising automated baggage handling from Materna intelligent passenger solutions (ips), and is ready to meet the needs of substantial increases in passenger numbers.

sbd-montrealA total of 16 self-bag-drop kiosks have been in operation at Montréal since November 2018. Materna ips installed the solutions and is also providing operational support for the next three years. For the German IT services provider, this self-bag-drop project in Montréal is another big step in the context of its activities in North America, and in Canada in particular.

The new check-in area in the terminal building at Montréal-Trudeau delivers a much-improved passenger experience, with its 16 new self-bag-drop kiosks, positioned as a self-bag-drop island. Utilising a two-step passenger process, passengers now print a bag tag at a check-in kiosk and move directly to the self-bag drop, decreasing process times tremendously while improving the passenger travel experience. The new self-bag drop system fits perfectly into the airport environment and its design has won compliments.

Materna ips took just ten weeks to implement this passenger processing project.

Avfuel spreading the word about sustainable aviation

After business aviation industry’s Sustainable Alternative Jet Fuel trial event held earlier this month at California’s Van Nuys airport, Avfuel is continuing the discussion over its use at the Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference this week in San Antonio, Texas.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based fuel provider delivered 6,200 gallons for the Van Nuys event, the first time the fuel was available to operators at a business aviation airport. It was also the first time Avfuel distributed the fuel, which was produced by Gevo.Avfuel

“Our team was eager to help facilitate the supply needs for the day and make our new product available to operators for a limited time,” said Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative fFels. “We’ve worked extensively on the logistics of procuring SAJF, and how to properly blend it, test it and store it, so to see it put into use was a major milestone.”

At the S&D show, Avfuel had a separate booth dedicated to the fuel, and Sawyer was on hand to answer any questions about it. “We’re keen to discuss the product with attendees, educate them on the product and its viability for use, and hope to walk away with some commitments,” he said.


JBT acquires LEKTRO

JBT Corporation has announced that an agreement is now in place for the acquisition of LEKTRO, the

manufacturer and supplier of all-electric towbarless tow and pushback vehicles for the

business jet and commercial aviation market.

“We are excited to be part of JBT,” commented Eric Paulson, owner of LEKTRO. “Together, our companies will provide customers a global sales and support presence, a much broader portfolio of products and services and deeper engineering capabilities for future product development.”

LEKTRO’s family of all-electric towbarless vehicles is deemed a useful complement to JBT AeroTech’s

expanding line-up of diesel tow tractors and other GSE products that include de-icers, cargo loaders, beltloaders, mobile stairs, pre-conditioned air carts, and ground power units.

Located in Warrenton, Oregon, LEKTRO will join with JBT AeroTech’s GSE business unit to

provide a useful range of aviation solutions.

“LEKTRO’s reputation for great customer service and products that are easy to operate, easy to maintain, and highly reliable makes it an ideal fit for JBT AeroTech,” notes Dave Burdakin, EVP and President of JBT AeroTech.

With the leadership at LEKTRO remaining unchanged, the focus on products and service is set to continue under the aegis of JBT.

A sustainable future at Van Nuys

Van Nuys airport has just hosted “Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability,” a day-long event devoted to the use and awareness of sustainable alternative jet fuels. These include the latest formulations of jet fuel that come from renewable and sustainable sources.

Van NuysLos Angeles City Council member Nury Martinez and Los Angeles World Airports executives, including LAWA’s Chief Executive Officer Deborah Flint, joined a consortium of general aviation and business aviation advocates to promote the use of SAJF as part of a shared commitment to combating climate change through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from jet fuel.

The airport thus becomes the first general aviation airport in the US to offer SAJF on a trial basis, serving as a model for other general aviation airports.

For the event, each of the participating FBOs purchased 4,000 gallons of SAJF, demonstrating the business aviation industry’s commitment to the development and adoption of SAJF.