Autonomous progress at San Diego

San Diego Exterior T2Autonomous technology that enhances airport functions such as airside operations, terminal space operations or intra-transit options is the focus of the Airport Innovation Lab’s inaugural one-year programme at the San Diego International airport.

Applications are being accepted for this programme that will allow companies with autonomous technology solutions to test and refine their products in a live environment. Examples of technology accepted for this programme are autonomous pushback solutions, AI based smart assistants and autonomous transit options for moving passengers and staff throughout the airport within the terminal space. These solutions offer operational efficiency and logistics and provide a positive passengers experience. Accepted applicants will participate in a four-quarter, one-year programme. In each three-month quarter, participants will partake of a variety of workshops, will test sprints and experience one-to-one mentoring sessions that will culminate with demonstration presentations. Topics of the workshops include operations, revenue management, business development, IT, customer experience and marketing.

At the end of the programme, successful autonomous technology solutions will have the potential to enter into contract negotiations with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

TCR supports WFS’ operations in North America

Over the last two months, TCR has delivered a wave of new cargo handling ground support equipment to WFS at JFK, LAX and eight other airports across the US.
“WFS is very pleased to extend its long standingTCR equipment EVA AirCargo 2 European co-operation with TCR into the US market, starting with this project across ten cargo stations. We like the agility and flexibility of the TCR team and their GSE rental model, which supports WFS’ continuous growth in the US market,” said Craig Smyth, Group CEO of WFS.
“It is a great honour to support our global Customer WFS on their continued growth path in the US and we thank the WFS US team for their trust in TCR Americas,” commented Jan De Leeuw, Managing Director TCR Americas.
TCR supports airports, airlines and ground handlers by providing an holistic, one-stop-shop GSE leasing solution.

Intercargo deploys cool dollies

In mid-January, Intercargo assisted the first Aeroméxico flight to transport Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines.
This was followed on January 28 with a special operation concerning Sputnik V vaccine transportation, using an aircraft from Boliviana de Aviación to La Paz. For this special operation, Intercargo used its recently incorporated cool dollies.
This equipment is unique in Argentina and is seen as a useful element in the necessary logistics to transport COVID-19 vaccines, keeping the coldchain intact and avoiding abrupt climate changes when the sensitive cargo is uploaded to or downloaded from an aircraft.INtercargo
Intercargo removed the dollies’ rollers and locks, covering the area with welded sheeting to achieve a greater cold conservation. On the upper surface of the dolly the handler constructed a thermal panel structure, and put inside and outside polyurethane insulation; each dolly is cooled with an electric circuit to ensure that cold conditions are met and remain steady. Three different ranges of temperature are available, according to cargo requirement.

IS-BAH for Jet Aviation

Jet Aviation has announced that it has achieved IS-BAH Stage II Registration for its FBO in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The San Juan FBO is a full service handling operation at one of the most convenient US points of entry for international flights. Jet Aviation acquired full ownership of the FBO at Luis Muñoz Marin International airport in February 2019.

JetAviationSanJuanAs the first FBO in Puerto Rico to qualify for IS-BAH Stage I registration in September 2018, Jet Aviation San Juan continues to demonstrate its industry leadership and commitment to the highest safety standards.

“Between hurricanes, the ownership change, and all the new systems that came with it, our team here in San Juan has had much to contend with the past few years and yet continues to raise the bar with new offerings and premium service delivery,” said Hector Vasquez, Senior Manager FBO. “The rigorous IS-BAH Stage II audit was a first for most of the team and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

New FBO now ready

Jet Aviation has announced that its new 8,500 square foot FBO and 30,000 square foot hangar facility at Scottsdale, Arizona is now operational. The company has been operating at Scottsdale airport since acquiring a share in the Scottsdale Jet Center that leased office space, tenant hangarage, tie-down spaces and shades in May 2019. It has since completed construction and acquired full ownership of the facility, now operating as Jet Aviation Scottsdale. Jet Aviatiion Scottsdale_CrewLounge
The company’s new state-of-the-art FBO and hangar facility includes a generous lobby, passenger and crew lounges, pilot snooze rooms, a conference room, meeting room as well as weather and flight planning facilities. It can accommodate aircraft up to the size of the Gulfstream 650 and the Global 6000.

Wingstars: Canada’s newest de-icing services provider

An organisation dedicated to providing de-icing with a new, refreshing approach to this mission-critical task, this Canadian aviation service says that it will be introducing the concepts of transparency, budget certainty and mutual respect to the operation.

Officially launched on December 1, Wingstars executives are confident that the Canadian aviation market needs and is ready for a de-icing services provider who takes safety, performance, and consistency very seriously, whilst addressing environmental concerns at the same time. Gary Ogden

“After months of planning, we’re thrilled to finally bring our vision to life with the official launch of our company,” commented Gary Ogden, Managing Director of Wingstars. “Wingstars will offer its partners a unique experience in every way. Utilising our expertise from the industry, we can improve models that have been tried and tested, enhance data sharing and lead innovation, all while ensuring peak safety practices.”

“At Wingstars, sustainability is one of our core values. We realised, from the outset, that it takes a long-term perspective: focusing on anticipating future events, being agile, proactive, and adapting to changes in both the present and future. A sustainable company, in our opinion, manages its human, natural, and financial capital to meet current needs, while ensuring that adequate resources are available for future generations.”

Digital moves at Dallas Fort Worth

Dallas Fort Worth airport is using Nallian’s cloud-based data sharing platform for cargo customers, allowing seamless transactions across the supply chain. Over time, this will include freight forwarders, shippers, ground handling agents, 3PLs, airlines, Customs and Border Protection as well as trucking companies, empowering them to co-ordinate their cross-company processes.
“DFW airport continues to focus and invest in our cargo business. This new platform makes processing cargo through DFW more efficient by providing accurate and timely information to our cargo community,” explained John Ackerman, Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Development at the airport. “We are excited to work with Nallian and our international airport partners to offer this digital platform to our cargo and logistics customers.” DFW nallian
Jean Verheyen, CEO at Nallian, added: “We are honoured to work with DFW airport who is committed to raising the bar for innovation and excellence in air cargo. With Nallian’s mission in mind – to make the world operate as one – we are thrilled to see how our infrastructure also empowers forward-thinking airports such as DFW and their partners to leverage the power of digitization on a global level.”
This new application-based technology will reduce the amount of time and paperwork required for cargo shipments coming through the airport and is part of the airport’s digital transformation strategy.

Electric turn a first in the US

It has been some time coming, perhaps, but the first green turnaround has finally been executed. Dnata achieved this significant milestone in its sustainability journey by successfully executing a green turnaround at JFK in November. The handler ensured a smooth and safe turnaround of a VivaAerobus Airbus A320 aircraft using only zero-emission ramp ground support equipment at Terminal 1. RAMP EQPT NEWS dnata
During the green turnaround, dnata’s team transported baggage with electric baggage tractors to the aircraft and applied electric conveyor belts to offload and load baggage and cargo. Staff pushed the aircraft back from the gate with a Mototok electric, remote controlled towbarless pushback tractor, positioning it ready for taxi and departure. David Barker, CEO of dnata USA, commented on the exercise.
“We are thrilled to achieve this memorable milestone by using only green equipment to deliver a smooth airport experience for passengers, and ensure safe and timely departure of our customer’s flight.
“We constantly invest in infrastructure and equipment to improve operational efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint. We are committed to converting our USA fleet to electric GSE to preserve our environment for future generations. We continue to enhance our operations to deliver the highest possible value for our partners by being an employer of choice and socially responsible in our communities.”

Virgin Atlantic Cargo to launch San Juan service

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is to launch a new cargo service from London Heathrow to San Juan.

Commencing on November 24, it is the first time that the airline has operated a cargo schedule to Puerto Rico and it will be serving the destination twice weekly on a Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Virgin Atlantic cargo 1This new fast, efficient cargo service will present new opportunities for companies looking to export and import goods such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and electronic devices between prime markets in the UK and Europe and Puerto Rico.

Dominic Kennedy, Managing Director at Virgin Atlantic Cargo, said: “We are delighted to welcome San Juan to our network, and we are excited about the new growth opportunities this presents for our customers. Over 11m kilogrammes of cargo move between Puerto Rico and Europe each month and we are confident Virgin Atlantic Cargo will gain a healthy share of this market.”

SAAM Completes Aerosan Purchase

As of October 28, the SAAM fully controls the airport services company Aerosan, which operates in Chile, Colombia and Ecuador.

Aspiring to play an important role in the industry consolidation process, SAAM closed a deal to purchase 50% of Aerosan from American Airlines. The company invested US$ 32m in the transaction, which was agreed last August. After obtaining regulatory approval, SAAM now fully owns the company.aerosan 2020

The CEO of SAAM, Macario Valdés, commented, “This transaction will help us strengthen our businesses other than ports and towage services, with a special focus on air cargo, where we see opportunities for expansion and consolidation, accompanied by our operating model. Aerosan is well positioned thanks to long-term contracts and important concessions at airports in the countries where we operate, enabling us to offer importers and exporters services along the entire air logistics chain.”

The airport services company has over 40 years’ experience and moves more than 300,000 tons cargo annually, boasting 33,000 square metres of infrastructure to provide cargo, ramp, warehouse, charter and passenger services at eight airports.

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