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Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

Swissport Australia appointed by Qantas for ground services at Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra

Subject to consultation and finalization of contracts, Swissport Australia has been appointed as preferred operating partner by Qantas at Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra airports.

The five-year agreement was reached after a rigorous tender process and will cover up to 70,000 flights per year. This follows on from Swissport’s expanded contract with Qantas Group’s low-cost carrier Jetstar which was chosen in September as preferred ramp services provider for Jetstar’s operations in Sydney, Cairns and Avalon, in September.

“We are proud to be trusted by the Qantas Group with their ground operations at Australia’s two busiest airports, in addition to the nation’s capital, and to further grow our partnership in Australia,” said Glenn Rutherford, Executive Vice President Swissport Asia-Pacific. “For almost 20 years, Swissport has been the largest local provider of ground services for the Qantas Group. Our teams will now support the Group at 20 airports in Australia and New Zealand, along with several airports in Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S.”

Swissport Australia provides airport ground services for 25 airline customers at 24 airports across Australia and employs some 4,000 qualified staff. Additionally, Swissport will also expand its air cargo and lounge business in Australia. In 2021, the Switzerland based company will open two cargo warehouses in Sydney and Melbourne. Its first airport lounge at Perth airport, is expected to open up for airline passengers when international flying resumes.

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Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems names Paul Moats Maintenance Director

Stevens Aerospace and Defense Systems (Stevens) has appointed Paul Moats to Maintenance Director with the company’s AOG division. Moats joined Stevens in early 2020 as a second shift supervisor at the Greenville, S.C. (GYH) facility, co-located with the company headquarters.

Prior to joining Stevens, Moats spent 26 years at Textron Aviation working Citations, Hawkers and other airframes in many positions including A&P mechanic, scheduler, AOG Team lead and Field Service Engineer.

VAS Aero Services selected by Dr. Peters Group for tear-down and asset redistribution of Airbus A380

VAS Aero Services, a global leader in aviation logistics and aftermarket services, and Dortmund, Germany-based Dr. Peters Group, an investment fund management firm and lessor with assets in aviation, real estate and
shipping, have announced the placement of an Airbus A380-800 aircraft with VAS for tear-own and redistribution of high-market-demand used, serviceable material. Tear-down commenced in November.

This contract award follows the company’s successful tear-down of the first two A380 aircraft ever to be designated for dismantlement. Under the current consignment agreement, Dr. Peters will retain ownership of the Rolls Royce engines for re-leasing, while VAS will manage the aircraft dismantlement for global sale and distribution of sought-after material.

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GKN Aerospace, SAMC and AVIC Supply sign JV agreement for advanced aerostructures

COMAC subsidiary SAMC (Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing Company), AVIC Supply and GKN Aerospace have signed a joint venture (JV) agreement for the manufacture of composite and metallic aerostructures in Jingjiang, Jiangsu Province, China.

The state-of-the-art, 80,000 m² facility in Jingjiang will be GKN Aerospace’s first aerostructures JV in China. It will offer COMAC, AVIC and Western customers the opportunity to access an important local supply of advanced aerostructures in the country. The JV builds on COMAC, AVIC and GKN Aerospace’s proven track record in the global commercial aviation industry. Production is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.

In addition to the JV facility, GKN Aerospace is in final preparations to open (April 2021) a separate 20,000 m² site in Jingjiang, focusing on the manufacture of transparencies for the commercial market.

Bamboo Airways selects AFI KLM E&M for component support

Bamboo Airways, the fast-growing new airline in Vietnam, has contracted Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) to provide component support for its Boeing 787 fleet.

The airline has opted for a long-term partnership, and will enjoy access to high-performance services in component repair, logistics and spare parts access through an on-site stock based in Hanoi and several AFI KLM E&M pools located across the world.

This long-term component contract, between Bamboo Airways and AFI KLM E&M covers component repair, spares pool access and logistics for a fleet of 14 aircraft. Moreover, Bamboo Airways becomes the 21st member to join the AFI KLM E&M 787 operators' community.

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Lufthansa Cargo and Compensaid enable CO2-neutral cargo flights

Since November, Lufthansa Cargo customers can easily check the CO2 emissions of their shipment's transport during the booking process. This is made possible by the new online booking portal eBooking, which Lufthansa Cargo launched in November. With the integrated carbon calculator, all customers have the opportunity to determine the CO2 emissions caused by the transport and to offset them in the future. At the end of November, Lufthansa Cargo and DB Schenker already carried out the first CO2-neutral freight routing, which was completely covered by Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF).

As of the summer flight schedule, Lufthansa Cargo plans to offer CO2-neutral airfreight on a regular basis as a product for the shipping industry. The offer was jointly developed by Lufthansa Cargo and Compensaid, the central compensation platform of the Lufthansa Group. Once customers have determined their CO2 emissions, they can offset them by using Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). In addition, it is also possible to offset through reforestation projects.

If SAF is used, Compensaid ensures that the corresponding sustainable fuel is purchased and fueled to compensate for the resulting emissions. For this purpose, Compensaid works closely with Lufthansa Group Fuel Management and with SAF manufacturers located around the world. Digital technologies of the compensation platform, which was launched in 2019, enable Compensaid to make the process from calculation to fueling transparent and efficient.

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AAR named sole authorized service center for Honeywell's B737 MAX Electronic Bleed Air System components

AAR has signed a ten-year agreement with Honeywell to be the sole channel partner licensee for component repair and overhaul services for the OEM’s suite of Electronic Bleed Air Systems (EBAS) covering 15 components on the B737 MAX aircraft.

The new agreement supplements AAR’s existing Honeywell license agreement that covers over 1,200 Honeywell components. AAR is also authorized to offer Honeywell’s new product warranty on all of these components including MAX line replaceable units (LRUs) and will provide expert component repair and overhaul services with timely delivery and state of the art customer service.

Indian airports now being serviced by Reliance and bp joint venture

The aviation business of the new joint venture of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and bp has now taken over refueling operations at 30 airports across India. These locations had previously been operated by RIL alone.

RIL and bp announced the start of their new Indian fuels and mobility joint venture, Reliance BP Mobility Limited (RBML), which operates under the Jio-bp brand, in July 2020. bp and RIL expect the venture to grow rapidly to help meet India’s fast-growing demands for energy and mobility, including for aviation fuel.

The international aviation fuel products and services supplier, Air bp has added 11 new locations in India to its international network as part of the joint venture between parent company bp and Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), and is working to add the remaining 19. Effective immediately, these 11 locations will serve Air bp’s commercial aviation, general aviation and military customers flying internationally.

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CHAMP Cargosystems and CargoAi join forces

CHAMP Cargosystems, a leading air cargo systems provider, has announced its partnership with CargoAi. By connecting their systems through APIs, both partners are giving their users new connections and capabilities for the future. CHAMP offers increased visibility to CargoAi for its more than 100 airlines and GSAs customers. In return, CargoAi offers CHAMP clients a new sales channel and increases its capacity to make quotes, prices and bookings instantly available to freight forwarders.

CHAMP is one of the leading IT providers in air freight and has always been at the forefront of innovation to guarantee high performance, time-saving and revenue maximization to its customers. This partnership proves it once again and further increases CHAMP’s already very varied and highly flexible service offering.
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