The Week in brief
- Korean Air has ordered five A330-200s from Airbus, expanding its on-order A330s to seven. Korean currently owns 23 A330s. "Korean Air's latest order underscores the ongoing success of the A330 with leading airlines worldwide," Airbus' COO, customers, John Leahy, said in a statement. "Combining the highest levels of reliability, outstanding medium and long range capabilities and the lowest operating costs in its class, the A330 is proving time and time again that it is the most efficient aircraft in service today in the mid-size widebody category."
- FedEx has moved into five new offices in the EMEA region, opening freight forwarding operations in Le Havre, France; Barcelona; Bratislava, Slovakia; Istanbul and Delhi. The Spain and France offices are only the second in their respective countries, and the Delhi location marks the third FedEx Trade Networks office in India. In the past three years, FedEx has opened 38 offices worldwide as part of what the company calls an "aggressive" expansion program.
- DHL has awarded a $12 million detection contract to Rapiscan Systems. The company will provide DHL with explosives detection systems and large-tunnel air cargo scanners.
- Honeywell has agreed to maintain air traffic security systems for the Federal Aviation Administration for the next five years. The $38 million contract calls for maintenance on video surveillance, access control equipment and intrusion detection at 1,000 air traffic systems branches. "Maintaining critical security systems is a key component to protecting the safety of the national airspace system," Honeywell's Vince Trim said in a statement.
- ACMI provider Wings 24, a subsidiary of Chapman Freeborn, has opened a global fuel sales division, signing agreements with suppliers to purchase bulk fuel directly from the source."Air cargo operators provide us aircraft for our business, and we support their business when they have emergencies on the ground, especially at remote locations and when they do not have the resources to be self sufficient," Mark Middleton, Chapman Freeborn's Singapore director, said in a statement. "Now that we have expanded our business into the aviation sales market, we are working to provide an excellent and all-encompassing flight support for our aviation colleagues."