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The week in brief

By Staff Reports on March 6, 2014
  • Volga-Dnepr Airlines managed the delivery of a 73-tonne turbine runner to Russia’s Bratsk Hydroelectric Power Station, one of the world’s leading producers of electrical energy. Preparations for the project began in June 2013 when Volga-Dnepr employees visited the manufacturing plant of its customer, Voith Hydro, in St. Pölten, Austria. The delivery of the runner is the first stage of a project to modernize the Bratsk Hydropower Station. The installation of another five runners is planned.
  • The aircraft ground handling system market for cargo, aircraft and passengers is estimated to be valued at US$347.5 million (252.3 million euros) in 2014, according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets, a global market research company. The market is expected to reach US$456.76 million (331.6 million euros) by 2019. Driving factors for this growth are the increase in the number of airlines, the growing number of airports, expansion and upgrades of existing airports and technology advancement.
  • Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson visited Edmonton International Airport in Canada in order to mark the start of Icelandair’s new non-stop service between Edmonton and Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Jettainer, an international service partner for ULD management, created shoulder bags out of loading equipment. They are available for sale at Lufthansa WorldShop. The bags are made of air cargo tarpaulin with a sewn-on label. An air cargo buckle belt serves as a shoulder strap.
  • The story of the “world’s worst football team,” helped to its first victory by sponsorship from Coyne Airways, is set to be commemorated in a film released by its coaches, Matt Conrad and Paul Watson. The Soccermen follows film student Conrad and football journalist Watson’s quest to coach Pohnpei, a state team in the Country of the Federated States of Micronesia in the Pacific Ocean. Coyne Airways stepped in to sponsor, helping fund them on a tour.
  • Skymark Airlines took delivery of the first two A330-300s out of a total of 10 on lease. Skymark Airlines is the first Japanese carrier to operate the A330 wide-body aircraft.
  • Emirates contracted Lufthansa Technik to overhaul the landing gear of its Boeing 777-300ER fleet. The agreement has been signed for 10 years on a non-exclusive basis. Lufthansa Technik's landing gear business unit in Hayes near London will perform all necessary maintenance, repair and overhaul work.
  • United Cargo launched a new Control Tower for the planning and management of temperature-sensitive cargo shipped via its TempControl service. This approach features a team of specialists who provide TempControl customers a single point of contact through all phases of the shipment lifecycle. The Control Tower is located in United's Cargo Customer Contact Center in Houston. It operates 24/7 and is solely dedicated to servicing TempControl customers.
  • Sideral Air Cargo ordered two more AEI B737-400SF passenger to freighter conversions from Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. Both aircraft will be modified at Commercial Jet Services’ facility in Dothan, Ala., starting in June. This order brings Sideral Air Cargo’s freighter fleet to five, with one AEI B737-300SF and four AEI B737-400SFs.
  • Etihad Cargo chose the Hermes air cargo management system to run its planned air cargo hub in Abu Dhabi.
  • C.H. Robinson was named a partner-level supplier for 2013 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence Program. This is the second year in a row C.H. Robinson has earned partner-level status, Deere & Company’s highest supplier rating.
  • Lufthansa Cargo added Milan to its freighter network for twice-a-week service. The airline’s MD-11 freighters and Boeing 777Fs will be used on the route. Milan Malpensa Airport is now a stopover for Lufthansa Cargo flights returning from Cairo to Frankfurt.
  • Air China will begin Beijing-Washington nonstop service on June 10.