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The Week in brief

By control on August 11, 2011
  • Thai Airways has signed firm orders with Airbus for the carrier's first A350-900 and A320 aircraft. Thai ordered four A350s for use on long-haul routes to Europe and five A320s for domestic services. The carrier has also agreed to lease additional Airbus craft — eight A350s and six A320s — from third-party companies. "The A350 XWB and A320 will play a significant role in ensuring that Thai operates one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the region moving forward. They will also help Thai strengthen its competitiveness, increase its market share and ensure its future as a strong and sustainable airline," Thai's president, Piyasvasti Amranand, said in a statement. "With these fuel-efficient aircraft, we will be able to offer passengers the highest levels of comfort on both long-haul and shorter regional routes while benefiting from the lowest operating costs and cleaner environmental performance."
  • Worldwide Flight Services has acquired the assets of Excel Cargo at both Montreal’s Dorval and Mirabel airports, making it the largest freight handler in the city. WFS President and CEO Olivier Bijaoui points to the numerous opportunities of this procurement. “The existing Excel operation complements WFS' activities,” he said in a statement. “It also provides the opportunity to develop not only our customer base to include numerous freight forwarders, but also to expand our service offerings with the addition of cargo running at Dorval and ramp and warehouse handling at Mirabel.” Montreal isn’t the only Canadian city served by WFS, however; it also forwards freight in Halifax, Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto.
  • Boeing has purchased 11 electric-powered Omni Directional Vehicles from Hammonds Technical Services for its 787 production floors at its Everett, Wash. and Charleston, S.C. facilities. The aircraft manufacturer first because a client of Hammonds in 2007, but this procurement is a significant milestone in Boeing and Hammonds’ relationship, company officials said.
  • July was a good month for LAN Airlines’ cargo operations, with traffic rising 13.2 percent from July 2010. Year-over-year capacity also grew significantly — up 11.1 percent — and cargo load factor increased to 69.3 percent. The South American carrier attributes much of this growth to the arrival of three Boeing 767Fs, which are utilized in the Latin America, U.S. and Mexican markets.
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