The week in brief
The main growth in 2013 was in freight handling and airport-related services.
Etihad Airways launched daily flights between Abu Dhabi and Al Medina, a key religious and cultural hub in Saudi Arabia.
flydubai signed an agreement to implement Boeing’s suite of mobile maintenance applications. The airline will deploy Maintenance Turn Time, Toolbox Mobile Library and Toolbox Mobile Parts – services that provide real-time access to the information technicians need to quickly resolve maintenance issues.
Morpho, through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, announced that United Airlines has ordered 54 Itemiser DX desktop explosives trace detectors to screen air cargo for explosives. All systems were deployed domestically and internationally at United Cargo locations to replace legacy systems and maintain compliance with enhanced U.S. Transportation Security Administration cargo screening mandates.
Southwest Airlines announced that it will offer new nonstop service to U.S. destinations from Dallas Love Field following the repeal of flight restrictions imposed in 1979 limiting the reach of the airport. Southwest will begin serving five new destinations on Oct. 13: Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Denver, Las Vegas, Orlando and Chicago Midway. This will be followed by 10 additional destinations on Nov. 2: Atlanta, Nashville, Washington, D.C. (Reagan National), Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles (LAX), New York (LaGuardia), Phoenix, San Diego, Orange County/Santa Ana and Tampa.
Bertling Logistics in Houston and Aeroscraft Corporation are working together to establish a strategic partnership supporting global project logistics. Aeros and Bertling signed a memorandum of understanding to evaluate the costs, benefits and structure for various business relationships, including a potential joint venture.