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The week in brief

By control on July 5, 2013
  • Budapest Airport welcomed the return of regular flights to Sofia, Bulgaria, with new airline customer Bulgaria Air (pictured above). Bulgaria Air, which is serving the route four times weekly, becomes the first overseas airline to benefit from Budapest Airport's incentive scheme to increase more thin routes. The initiative enables airlines to benefit with a 50 percent discount on passenger service charges per year for a maximum of three years.
  • Volga-Dnepr Group extended a cooperation agreement with global logistics company SDV and Thales Alenia Space to transport aerospace equipment until 2016. Volga-Dnepr Airlines will perform a number of AN-124 and IL-76TD-90VD cargo flights delivering satellite equipment for Thales Alenia Space, a leading manufacturer of satellite systems. SDV will remain responsible for flight logistics, including satellite container control, customs clearance, documentation and insurance.
  • Eight months after the introduction in November 2012 of a direct Durban, South Africa-Harare, Zimbabwe air route by SA Express, return flights are already achieving 72 percent capacity. SA Express is an airline based in South Africa.
  • Air India confirmed that it will become the first airline to operate a 787 Dreamliner at Melbourne Airport when it launches daily services to Melbourne in August.
  • Bolivia will receive a $73.5 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank to upgrade the infrastructure and equipment at two regional airports, Trinidad in the Beni department and Cobija in the Pando department, enabling them to offer international service. At Trinidad, investments include extending the runway, paving the parallel taxiway, replacing all traffic signaling in the movement area and providing a new approach signaling system.
  • Norwegian's 787

  • Boeing, International Lease Finance Corporation and Norwegian mark the first 787 (pictured right) delivered to ILFC and its lessee, Norwegian, which will operate the airplane. The 787 also marked the 700th airplane Boeing delivered to ILFC.
  • DHL Express Chile inaugurated a new headquarters and distribution center, the company's most modern in Latin America.
  • The International Air Transport Association awarded Welcome Airport Services the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations certificate. It is the first global safety audit program for ground service providers. The program presents a uniform set of standards relevant to the specific activities of ground handlers in order to improve safety and cut airline costs by reducing ground accidents.
  • IAG Cargo customers moving smaller shipments will benefit from guaranteed capacity on its Prioritise service, designed for express cargo shipments. Capacity Guarantee is an addition to the existing Performance Guarantee. Capacity Guarantee will be available for freight bookings under 661 pounds. The guarantee is available to customers booking a Prioritise service through or via telephone.
  • CEVA Logistics, a global supply chain management company, built a chemical storage area at its Ontigola, Spain hub. The chemical storage area is an independent fire-fighting area separated from the other storage areas by a brick wall. The zone is equipped with fire fighting equipment including sprinklers and manholes placed in every door to collect any possible spill of product.

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