The Week in brief
Swissport International closed 2011 with a 7-percent, year-over-year, rise in total operating revenue. “Swissport’s strong performance under very challenging market conditions proves again that the resilience of our business model and the robustness of our strategy are working well,” Per H. Utnegaard, Swissport’s president and CEO, said in a statement.
On January 1, Airbus increased its average list prices for aircraft by 3.9 percent, making the current cost of an A330-200F $211.5 million. The price for its A320neo family of planes rose 6.1 percent.
World Airways and Allied Air Cargo have extended their agreement for the wet lease of two MD-11Fs. Under the multi-year contract, World Airways will operate the aircraft on Allied Air routes between Europe and Africa.
Fraport Cargo Services’ Frankfurt Airport import warehouse now features an advanced cargo-handling system. Designed to optimize procedures and eliminate errors, the new system shortens forwarders’ wait times, leads to faster deliveries and improves customer service, according to a press release. Some of the key features of FCS’ new cargo-handling system include an increased number of racks and a dedicated area for large pallets, Europallets and extra large cargo units. What’s more, the import warehouse now boasts considerably more capacity, thanks to narrower aisles and higher shelves.
Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has agreed to purchase 30 Airbus A320neo and 14 A320 aircraft in a historic order. In addition becoming the first Mexican airline to order the A320neo, Volaris now holds the largest single commercial aircraft order in Mexico’s history.
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