The week in brief
- International aviation fuel supplier Air BP has entered the Tunisian sector by signing a Commercial and Technical Service Agreement with Tunisia’s AGIL (pictured above), the national company of oil distribution. The agreement includes service coverage at seven airports in Tunisia: Tunis Carthage, Djerba, Enfidha, Tozor, Tabarka, Monastir and Sfax.
- Web Manuals Sweden AB, developers of operational knowledge management solutions for the aviation industry, has recently signed contracts with three new clients: LFV (formerly the Swedish Civil Aviation Authority), Turkish-based Corendon Airlines and Zimex Aviation, which provides aircraft support for organizations operating in remote and hostile environments.
- Kuehne + Nagel took more than 70 percent of the shares of Universal Freight Services Co. from the Khimji Ramdas Group in Oman, allowing Kuehne + Nagel to enter the sultanate as majority shareholder of a joint venture.
- Air Sea Containers, Inc. is offering free checklists to assist shippers of lithium batteries in using the proper packaging and documentation to help avoid delays and accidents. The checklists include packing instructions for lithium ion cells and batteries, lithium ion cells and batteries packed with equipment, and special provisions that cover the transportation of lithium batteries.
- Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, Inc. has entered into a heavy maintenance agreement with North American Airlines for light and heavy maintenance services. AMES completed the first in a series of planned A checks on NAA’s Boeing 767-300ER passenger jets in January.
- Dachser Transport of America, Inc., the U.S. division of a global logistics service provider, announced new enhanced service offerings designed to keep clients more competitive in the South Florida market and Latin America hubs. Dachser Miami has opened a Bonded Container Freight Station, I.B.E.C. and bonded warehouse.
- Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. has been selected by Sideral Air Cargo of Brazil (pictured left) to provide one B737-400SF 11 pallet configuration freighter conversion. The freighter is now the only 737-400SF operating in Brazil.
- Turkish Airlines has committed to order 40 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 9s and 20 Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes from Boeing, valued at $6.9 billion at list prices. The agreement also includes options for an additional 25 737 MAX 8s.
- Estes has converted its Rockford, Ill., terminal to a hub to enhance its Midwest next-day service. The Rockford hub will consolidate freight coming in from 19 terminals to build full loads for specific geographical regions. The hub also increases the number of next-day opportunities to Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois.
- Volga-Dnepr Group has won the top prizes in two categories of the annual Wings of Russia National Aviation Awards. Volga-Dnepr Group received the award for the Best Business Project in Russian Civil Aviation in 2012, while Volga-Dnepr Airlines was named Airline of the Year – Cargo Carrier on Domestic and International Routes.
- Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris celebrated the delivery of its first Sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 with a special flight from Mexico City to Cancun. Volaris is the first Mexico-based operator of the new fuel-saving wing tip devices.
- U-Freight Group’s Dalian China Express International Transportation shipped extra long cargo (pictured right) through Dalian Zhoushuizi International Airport that required airport authorities to temporarily remove a length of handrails to allow the safe handling of a very long flat-bedded truck. The cargo, which arrived from Europe onboard an Antonov AN-124, was made up of seven items that weighed 66 tonnes in total and included two oil pipes.
- Toll Global Forwarding will move to a brand new UK headquarters building at London Heathrow Airport in October. The new facility, which is on a secure 2.65 acre compound, will include 50,000 square feet of warehousing featuring eight truck docks, a cargo handling system, storage for 1,200 pallets and a large chiller for perishables.
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