Aeromexico awards Menzies with ground handling contract across 15 Mexican airports

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Global aviation logistics specialist, Menzies Aviation, has secured a three-year contract with Mexico’s flagship carrier, Aeromexico, which includes ground handling services at 15 airports across the country.

In line with the agreement, Menzies will deliver a full suite of ground services for the airline, including passenger, ramp and cleaning operations at air transport hubs including Los Cabos International Airport, Merida International Airport, Del Bajio International Airport and Oaxaca International Airport. Menzies is expected to handle an expected 23,000 turns per year as part of the agreement, and will operate the largest number of stations for Aeromexico of any handler in the region.

Following recent contract wins with American Airlines, Delta, Wingo and Air Transat, the contract with Aeromexico demonstrates Menzies’ commitment to expanding its presence in Mexico. It also reflects the companies strategic investment in emerging market territories to create growth opportunities across its service portfolio.

“We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with Mexico’s flagship airline, which spans the entire country,” said Philipp Joeinig, CEO, Menzies Aviation. “This is an exciting opportunity for Menzies as we increase our footprint in Mexico, and testament to our trusted reputation and high standards of service. We look forward to working closely with Aeromexico to deliver our world-class ground services across an extensive network of airports and further establishing our operations in Central America.”

Milan Malpensa to become green hydrogen hub

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SEA Milan and Snam – a leading energy infrastructure company – have teamed up in order to introduce green hydrogen to power ground vehicles at Milan Malpensa Airport.

The project will include a plant construction to supply the ground vehicles of Milan Malpensa Airport with green hydrogen, produced from renewable sources.

Designed by Snam, the infrastructure will involve the electrolyser installation together with a compressor, a storage system and a hydrogen delivery system. The aim is to make Milan Malpensa a green hydrogen supply hub for the airport’s internal logistics and for external transportation.

SEA Milan (which manages both Milan Malpensa and Milan Linate airports) is actively involved in many initiatives to reduce the overall emissions, such as the replacement of passenger shuttles and operating vehicles with new electric vehicles. The commitment to attract companies investing in next-generation fleets and the creation of a Hydrogen Valley, near Malpensa, for the use of hydrogen-powered aircraft by 2035 is another example of its efforts. Another important step is the recent agreement with Skyports, to create a platform for electric aircraft for the advancement of urban mobility.

Manchester Airport welcomes increased investment in electric GSE by Menzies

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Global aviation logistics specialist, Menzies Aviation, has expanded its contract with Aer Lingus at Manchester Airport. The agreement has also provided Menzies with an opportunity to increase the amount of electric ground service equipment (GSE) within its fleet as part of its wider goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2033 – Menzies’ 200th anniversary.

Menzies now has a significant amount of electric wide body kit within its Manchester fleet; paving the way to having the widest selection of electric GSE at Manchester Airport. Menzies’ contract with Aer Lingus at the UK’s gateway to the north will include providing passenger, ramp, cabin cleaning and de-icing services for both short and long-haul flights.

The aviation logistics specialist has partnered with the Irish carrier at the Manchester hub for more than a decade.

“We’re pleased to further strengthen our relationship with Aer Lingus and support their new transatlantic routes from Manchester Airport,” said Phil Lloyd, Senior Vice President – UK & Ireland, Menzies Aviation. “This win provided an opportunity to help us progress towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2033 as we acquired wide body GSE with electric capability. The switch to electric was made possible through close collaboration with Aer Lingus and Manchester Airports Group as we needed to quickly adapt the infrastructure on the ramp to charge the GSE. The team are proud to see their electric fleet at Manchester grow and are excited about supporting Aer Lingus as flight volumes continue to recover.”

Menzies Aviation provides Ryanair with electric turns at European hubs

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Menzies Aviation is providing low-cost carrier Ryanair with fully electric turnarounds at three European hubs. Amsterdam Schiphol, Gothenburg-Landvetter and Oslo Airport are the first three location in Europe where Menzies has the capability to provide fully electric green turns. All three hubs provide the charging infrastructure needed for electric equipment.

The agreement is in line with Menzies commitment to become carbon neutral by 2033. A key component of this goal is Menzies’ commitment to evolving its ground services equipment (GSE) fleet to become fully electric where possible, which will be achieved through the replacement of combustion engines with electric motors.

“We recognise the aviation industry’s role in addressing the climate emergency and we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and becoming carbon neutral, for scope one and two emissions by 2033,” said Katy Reid, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility. We are taking action by switching to electric GSE where possible and ongoing collaboration with partners such as Ryanair will be vital to achieving this ambition.”

Meanwhile Ryanair’s Director of Sustainability and Finance, Thomas Fowler, explained that the low-cost carrier  which has committed to being carbon neutral by 2050 has “invested £22bn in new aircraft that will help us reduce our fuel consumption by approximately 16% on a per-seat basis. We can now offer zero emissions turnarounds at 11 locations, including Asmterdam, Gotehnburg and Oslo, when previously, a standard turnaround could emit up to 52.43kg of CO2.”

 

Iberia Airport Services looks back on a successful summer

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Iberia Airport Services (IAS), has revealed that it recovered nearly 70% of its 2019 activity over the summer.

The airport handling unit which serves more than 100 airlines in 29 Spanish airports, racked up 23 million passengers served over the summer 2021 months. From June through September IAS attended more than 93,000 aircraft and handled some 16.5 million pieces of luggage, which amounted to 70% of the activity registered in the summer of 2019.

The summer also saw impressive recovery of domestic travel, with IAS surp assing its summer-2019 totals in Ibiza, Asturias, Gran Canaria, Santiago de Compostela, Santa Cruz de la palma and Tenerife Norte airports. Around 86% of airlines beginning operations in Spain over the summer months, including World2Fly, Vietnam Airlines, EGO Airways and Lattitud, chose IAS as their handling services provider.

“This summer was the turning point in the recovery of our airport handling business,” said Iberia’s Airport Manager, Jose Luis de Luna. “Now we face the challenge of winning the biggest number of licences, in which we are bringing to bear innovative solutions based on the latest technology, which translates into better customer service, more efficient use of our resources, and a more sustainable footing for our business.”

Worth around €1000 million, Spain’s airport handling licences are awarded every seven years by the country’s national airport authority, AENA.

With the licences due for renewal this year, IAS is preparing its bids with the aim of strengthening its position with innovative solutions that can ensure better services tailored to individual customer needs.

During the pandemic the company acquired eight new electric powered pushback tractors, that are operated by remote control. The ‘greener’ GSE has already been used to move more than 3,000 aircraft at both Madrid and Barcelona airports.

GSE Expo: ATS offers innovative and ‘greener’ alternative to traditional aircraft tugging and taxiing

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With aviation contributing around 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions in 2019, this figure is expected to increase to 22% by 2019 according to a report titled Decarbonising Aviation: Cleared for Take Off, published by Shell in association with Deloitte.

A new system from Oklahoma-based Aircraft Towing Systems World Wide (ATS) is set to tackle this issue from the ground up by helping airports become greener as well as helping airliners reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. It has been showcasing its concept this week during the GSE Expo that uses electric tow vehicles that run along below-grade tracks on airport ramps and taxiways to pull aircraft from the taxiway to the terminal. A prototype of the technology is currently being installed at the Ardmore Industrial Airpark in Ardmore, Oklahoma and is due to be completed before the end of the year.

By moving aircraft using electric tow cars, the safety-enhancing, fuel-saving and environmentally friendly technology not only saves fuel but slashes emissions and reduces noise pollution, as pilots can turn off their engines. The system also reduces collisions and incursions because it follows a track as aircraft are moved to and from the terminal.

Based on ATS World Wide’s calculations if the ATS system was installed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport, airliners would be able to save $491 million in fuel consumption per year. If O’Hare were to increase its landing fees to equate just 50% of the fuel savings, O’Hare could establish a way to cover the costs of the ATS installation and ultimately generate revenue for the airport. Airliners would be happy because they’d still be benefitting from close to $250 million in fuel savings. The carbon emissions reductions associated with the lower fuel usage will also enable O’Hare to earn emission credits that could then be sold on global emission markets; based on current prices ATS estimate O’Hare being able to generate and additional $3.2 million in revenue from the sale of these credits.

According to ATS, it would not have been able to develop the technology if it weren’t for advances in electric motor development; their small sizes today can easily be integrated within the underground channel and they are powerful enough to tow aircrafts.

GSE Expo: Taylor-Dunn launches lithium-ion powered GSE

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With the need for greater sustainability, safety and efficiency driving airport ground support operations, Taylor-Dunn in partnership with A&V Rebuilding Inc and LevCon Inc., has unveiled its advanced lithium technology to address all those needs at this week’s GSE Expo in Las Vegas, US.

The innovative technology has been engineered into the Tiger tow tractor, providing the same 60,000 lbs of towing capacity, while offering zero vehicle emissions for increased sustainability, decreased maintenance for grater labour efficiencies, greater cost savings and increased safety benefits.

“We could not be more excited to unite the trusted Tiger tow tractor and the proven manufacturing capabilities of Taylor-Dunn with this new Li-ion technology for ground support,” said Gerry Hoadley, President, A&V Rebuilding Inc. “With increased sustainability goals across airports and airlines, this new vehicle helps customers meet and exceed their goals, without ever sacrificing productivity. While we’ve been remanufacturing similar systems for years, the partnership with Taylor-Dunn allows new, electrified vehicles to be brought down the production line at scale to meet the rapidly growing customer demands.”

To help reduce emissions on the airfield, there is a need to overcome charging infrastructure barriers at airports. As an all-electric vehicle, the Li-ion Tiger eliminates unnecessary emissions caused by traditional combustion vehicles and the new Tiger TC 3060 Li-Ion comes with multiple charging options. When it comes to enhanced safety, vehicle electrification unlocks the ability to offer smart technology like the patent-pending anti-rollover system and programmable acceleration and speed. This programmability allows users to manage their operations while meeting safety standards. Meanwhile, easily accessible inching buttons at the rear of the tractor allow a single employee to attach and detach the tow bars. Safety is also enhanced through increased visibility due to LED head and taillights as well as orange safety seat belts. Rectractable seatbelts provide easy ingress and egress and include an electronic switch to ensure the operator’s seat belt is fastened before the vehicle is put in motion.

Menzies expands presence in Central America and Oceania

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The global aviation services provider, Menzies, has further expanded its presence in Central America with the acquisition of Interexpresso – an aviation service provider operator headquartered in Costa Rica with additional operations in Guatemala and El Salvador.

As well as acquiring 51% of Interexpresso, Menzies has also announced additional contract wins in the Oceania region, where it has secured new business with Virgin Australia in Australia.

Interexpresso’s core business relates to cargo handling and aviation security services, primarily consisting of cargo document handling, cargo security screening and aircraft access control. Menzies’ initial focus will be on developing and growing Interexpresso’s core cargo and security offerings across the region with the potential to expand into additional air cargo handling and ground handling services.

Meanwhile, the contract with Virgin Australia will see Menzies provide ground services at Darwin, Cairns and Queenstown, as well as air cargo services at Darwin from mid-October.

These wins are in addition to existing business retained at Sydney, Melbourne, Kargoorlie, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns and Gold Coast Airports in Australia. Overall, the contracts will see Menzies handle around 8,000 flights and around 6,500 tonnes of cargo per annum at a total of 10 locations for Virgin Australia.

“I am pleased to announce our expansion in the Central American region,” said Philipp Joeinig, Chairman and CEO, Menzies. “We have found a knowledgeable partner in Interexpresso and, working together, we will be able to open doors in new, attractive, higher margin and emerging markets in the region.

“In addition, our contract wins in Ocean demonstrate our reputation in that region for providing excellent service and I look forward to developing our relationship with Virgin Australia as we move forward.”

Flite Line collaborates with Goldhofer, Guinault, Rheinmetall on latest generation of eGSE.

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In collaboration with manufacturers, Goldhofer, Guinault and Rheinmetall, Flite Line is gearing up to showcase the latest generation of battery-electric ground handling systems.

Goldhofer’s American subsidiary, Flite Line, plans to showcase all-electric aircraft tow tractors and battery-operated ground power and air start units at this year’s GSE Expo being held in Las Vegas in October. It will also showcase Goldhofer’s PHOENIX E – the all-electric towbarless aircraft tractor. Also making its debut in Vegas is the emission-free brand new Rheinmetall eMSU air start unit. The all-electric unit can be recharged from any electric vehicle charging station or regular power grid interface.

Energy required for aircraft on the ground is delivered by Guinault’s all-electric EGA 180 battery ground power unit (GPU) with up to 180kVA output. It provides mobile exhaust-free power for aircraft up to B777 even under the toughest operating conditions. The E-GPU’s unique design is based on five years of data gathering from Guinault diesel GPUs worldwide.

Flite Line is celebrating its jubilee anniversary this year having served customers in the North and South American markets with a portfolio of airport and transport equipment for fifty years.

For the latest on eGSE, look out for the September issue of Regional Gateway or subscribe here.

Avfuel supports GAMI’s unleaded avgas solution

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Aviation fuel giant, Avfuel, is collaborating with General Aviation Modifications (GAMI) by providing its distribution expertise in support of the engineering company’s high-octane unleaded avgas.

GAMI announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had approved Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) authorising use of its G100UL high-octane unleaded avgas on 27 July. These new STCs represent the initial major milestone for bringing G100UL avgas to market across North America. As the approved model list (AML) for these STCs expands over the next year, it will provide the functional equivalent of a fleet-wide certification for spark ignition piston powered aircraft and engines to operate on G10oUL avgas.

While GAMI will focus on expanding the AML, Avfuel will support the initiative by handling the logistics of the product’s distribution and helping to establish a supply chain for bringing G100UL safely and responsibly to market on a commercial scale.

“We owe it to our industry, our communities and the companies that have worked diligently toward a suitable answer to help make a solution work,” said Craig Sincock, Avfuel’s President and CEO. “The work GAM has accomplished is admirable and exciting, and we congratulate its team on this exciting first milestone. Avfuel is honoured to provide its expertise to help further the unleaded avgas initiative.”

Meanwhile, Tim Roehl, GAMI President stated, “The FAA approval of G100UL high-octane unleaded avgas is a truly huge development for the future of general aviation… Now is the time for all of the stakeholders in the general aviation community to stand up and celebrate. These AML-STCs are the ‘beginning of the end’ for the continued use of lead in aviation gasoline.”