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The week in brief

By control on September 13, 2013
  • A charter flight operated by a Boeing 777F of Qatar Airways visited Leipzig/Halle Airport (pictured above). Two horses and supporting personnel were onboard, which arrived from Bahrain. The unloading work was handled by PortGround. Five other horses flew into Leipzig/Halle Airport on board of another aircraft.
  • Boeing projects a demand for 5,580 new airplanes in China over the next 20 years valued at US$780 billion. The company's annual China Current Market Outlook forecasts the country's fleet to triple in size over the next two decades.
  • Airbus and the Chinese Civil Aviation Authority (CAAC) agreed to continue their cooperation in the field of aviation safety for another five years. The new Memorandum of Understanding signed by Airbus and CAAC states that both partners will continue to work together on safety challenges, especially those arising from the rapid development of the civil aviation industry in China.
  • Jetstar will have a new direct Phuket, Thailand, service at Melbourne Airport beginning in December. Jetstar's flights from Melbourne to Phuket will operate twice a week beginning Dec. 14, increasing to three flights a week in March 2014.
  • French cargo general sales agency EFIS Air reported double-digit tonnage and volume growth for its new customer US Airways, reflecting the airline's strong network in the U.S. EFIS Air, part of ECS Group, says cargo volume generated for US Airways out of France since taking over the contract at the start of this year grew 21 percent in the first six months of 2013, while revenue was 18 percent up year over year.
  • OIA Global, a worldwide transportation, supply chain management and packaging services provider, announced that it will relocate its headquarters from Northeast Portland to the revitalized waterfront district in Portland. The company has leased two full floors.
  • James Hogan, president and CEO of Etihad Airways, led a delegation of senior executives to Manila, Philippines to celebrate the airline's 10th anniversary and its seventh year of service to the Philippines.
  • Air New Zealand Cargo has re-signed its UK cargo-handling contract with dnata at London Heathrow. The new contact is valid for three years and expands on an existing relationship over the last 12 years. A process involving four other parties concluded with dnata retaining the business of the New Zealand flag carrier, which carries some 12.5 million kilograms (27.5 million pounds) per year into and out of the UK.
  • Dynamic IT Solutions, a provider of software services, is partnering with Kale Logistics, a global IT services provider for the logistics and airports industry. Under this agreement, DITS and Kale Logistics will work together in sales, implementation and support of Kale’s IT services in Thailand.

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