The Week in brief
Maximus Air Cargo announced that the converted Airbus A300-600 freighter it purchased at the beginning of the year will enter its fleet mid-summer. Maximus Air Cargo President and CEO Fathi Hilal Buhazza said this increased capacity will boost company operations tremendously. “In today’s competitive market environment, customers look to suppliers for reliability and cost-effectiveness, and this will provide both increased reliability and being more fuel efficient than the older variant of A300-600,” he said in a statement. “[Thus,] we can reduce our operating costs and pass savings on to our customers.”
In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, Lufthansa has commenced a six-month trial on biofuels. The carrier will power one of its Airbus A321’s engines with an equal mix of regular fuel and biosynthetic kerosene; the plane will be utilized on Lufthansa’s Hamburg-Frankfurt-Hamburg route, flown four times a day. “Lufthansa is the first airline worldwide to use biofuel in scheduled daily flight operations,” Christoph Franz, chairman and CEO of the Lufthansa Group, said in a statement. “We are thus continuing to steadily implement our proven and successful strategy for sustainability.” The airline said the biofuel test flights will lower its CO2 emissions by up to 1,500 tonnes.
Alaska Airlines has launched daily, nonstop service between San Diego and Honolulu. Commencing November 17, this announcement comes nearly one year after the carrier began daily service between San Diego and Kahului, Maui. Thella Bowens, president and CEO of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, believes this route will boost traffic between the two cities tremendously. “We’re pleased to support Alaska’s new route between Honolulu and San Diego,” she said in a statement. “The expanded service will further connect our two communities and will provide yet another option for San Diegans to visit one of the nation’s premier vacation destinations.”
Airfreight tonnage at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport rose significantly in June, with a 6.5 percent increase from June 2010. This translates to a 3.9 percent year-to-date surge for the first six months of 2011. Passenger numbers were also high in June, rising 4.4 percent from 2010. It’s something Lambert’s Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge witnessed firsthand. “The numbers confirm what we’ve been seeing in the terminals, concourses and gate areas,” she said in a statement. “We’re busier, and that’s great news.”
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