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The Week in brief

By control on December 21, 2011
  • The cargo division of First Air has responded to food shortage claims by residents of the Grise Fiord, an Inuit village in Nunavut, Canada, by saying all its shipments are being sent to the region on time. “First Air is committed to our 72-hour service standard for perishables. We recognize that we are an essential service and make every effort to ensure that vital community supplies are delivered on time,” First Air's Chris Ferris said in a statement. “If the shelves are empty in Grise Fiord, it is not due to the airline service being provided.” The airline has flown more than 3,200 kilograms of food to the area in the past six weeks; transit times, according to a company press release, average a little more than three days for perishable items and seven days for dry goods. “First Air prioritizes perishable and frozen foods and will expedite dry goods upon request,” Ferris said.
  • Airbus has delivered its 7,000th aircraft to US Airways. The A321 delivery comes nearly two years after the European manufacturer handed over its 5,000th aircraft — an A380 — to Emirates.
  • Precision Conversions has completed a full-15 cargo position 757-200PCF for Cargo Aircraft Management, the third -200PCF conversion the company has ordered. The plane was constructed in 1991 and began life as a United Airlines passenger craft. CAM will also receive a 757-200PCC combi from Precision in the second half of next year.
  • The U.S. Transport Security Administration has said the Quantum Sniffer QS-B220 explosives trace detector, which is manufactured by Implant Sciences Corporation, is eligible for further testing. The next step is for the TSA to confirm that the product meets security specifications. If it passes, the Quantum Sniffer may eventually be sold to air-cargo screening facilities.

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