Menzies wins three-year Loganair contract at two Scottish hubs

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The Scottish head-quartered aviation logistics specialist, Menzies Aviation, has been awarded a ground handling and cleaning contract at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports with Scotland’s national carrier, Loganair.

Menzies will now provide handling and cleaning services for 14,000 Loganair flights per year across the two airports with 6,500 and 7,500 anticipated turnarounds anticipated per annum at the Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively.

“As Scotland’s national ground handling company we’re delighted to be deepening our relationship with Scotland’s national carrier,” said Phil Lloyd, Menzies Aviation VP, North UK and Ireland. “This award is testament to the successful partnership we have built with the airline, through the quality service delivered by Menzies employees on the ground. Loganair has maintained strong operations throughout the pandemic as well as growing its route network this year, and we are looking forward to the growing opportunities this partnership may bring.”

The contract will see the expansion of Menzies’ relationship with Loganair, as the ground handling specialist already provides de-icing services to the airline at both Glasgow and Edinburgh. “Loganair is pleased to be strengthening its partnership with Menzies Aviation by selecting MZA to handle its flights at both Glasgow and Edinburgh airports. The partnership will focus upon delivering value and operational excellence while preparing for future growth as we look forward to meeting our customers’ needs now and for the future,” said Maurice Boyle, COO for Loganair.

Menzies secures five-year ground handling contract with Wizz Air

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Menzies Aviation, the ground handling specialist, has been appointed a five-year ground handling contract for Europe’s fastest growing airline, Wizz Air at Budapest Ferenc Liszt Airport.

A team of 200 Hungarian Menzies Aviation professionals will deliver passenger, ramp and cleaning services for the low-cost carrier at their Budapest base as part of the agreement.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Wizz Air, one of Europe’s leading airlines, at what is a strategically important base for the airline. This award is a result of the strong relationship established with Wizz by the Menzies teams across Europe and represents an opportunity for us to expand our footprint as a major player in the Eastern European market. We are looking forward to further solidifying our relationship with Wizz by breathing fresh ideas into the local operation and delivering the excellent standard of service which Menzies is known for,” said Miguel Gomez, Executive VP for Menzies Aviation Europe.


AeroGround commences ground handling services at Berlin Brandenburg

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Following the opening of Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Germany at the end of October AeroGround has been named the biggest ground handler at the new German hub.

The subsidiary of AeroGround Flughafen Munchen, AeroGround Berlin has significantly expanded its market position having gained the Lufthansa Group and Eurowings as new clients at the recently opened airport.

“We are all looking forward to working with the Lufthansa Group, Eurowings, and our other long-standing airline partners at the newly opened Berlin Brandenburg Airport and making BER a successful capital city airport together with the airport operating company.”

The long-term handling agreement with Deutsche Lufthansa also includes the subsidiaries Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines and comprises a handling volume of around 20,000 to 30,000 aircraft movements a year. The range of services provided by AeroGround Berlin covers aircraft and baggage handling on the apron, fresh water and toilet services, bus transport on the apron for crew and passengers and baggage tracing.

The ground handlers commission to cater for Eurowings passenger flights also covers all passenger handling, including check-in, gate support and other services such as baggage tracing and ticketing. AeroGround is also taking on the handling of overnight airmail flights.

Shell and Red Rock sign agreement to increase SAF distribution

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In line with efforts to increase the distribution of sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Shell has entered into an agreement with Red Rock Biofuels to purchase SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel fuel from its new biorefinery in Lakeview, Oregon.

Shell plans to distribute the SAF to Red Rock’s existing airline customers.

“SAF is crucial to aviation’s success in reaching net zero emissions by 2050, alongside new technologies and high-quality carbon credits,” said Anna Mascolo, President of Global Aviation at Shell. “But to enable SAF to fulfil its potential we need to be proactive and resolute in finding opportunities to increase availability of SAF today and tomorrow.”

She added that an increase in SAF is dependent on, “collaboration across the whole value chain.”

Red Rock’s refinery is scheduled for completion in early 2021. Once operational, it will be the world’s first commercial scale plant to utilise waste woody biomass from forests at risk of wildfire to create SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel.

“This has been one of the most devastating wildfire seasons on record,” said Terry Kulesa, CEO of Red Rock. “We have seen wildfires grow in intensity, acreage, and damage to public health and the environment. One of the many potential benefits of this plant is to reduce the waste woody biomass lying on the forest floor which may help to mitigate the spread of wildfires.”

Referencing the new partnership, Kulesa also commented: “With its operational capabilities and global supply chain expertise, Shell is ideally positioned to support us in helping make low-carbon SAF more widely available to airlines who are committed to reducing emissions and tackling climate change.”

In general, lifecycle carbon emissions from SAF and cellulosic renewable diesel are expected to be up to 80% lower than conventional jet fuel. The SAF will be supplied to airports through existing airport infrastructure and can be used blended by airlines without technical modification to their current fleet.

Leonardo adds airport ground operations safety solutions to portfolio

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Selex ES Inc, a US subsidiary of global technology firm Leonardo has added airport surface management technologies to their air traffic control (ATC) solutions.

Specialists in en-route navigation, precision approach and landing as well as surveillance systems, Selex ES’ new AeroBoss technologies offer real-time, collaborative decision-making, flight and ground vehicle tracking, and runway safety systems that allow all surface vehicles to operate more safely and more efficiently. The solution provides an airport-wide common operating platform enabling command and control of airport operations, maintenance, and emergency rescues.

One of AeroBoss’ core solutions is the AeroBoss Runway Incursion Warning System (RIWS). It prevents accidents by alerting vehicle drivers of hazards before entering they runway area. According to Selex ES there are around 3100 airports  in the world with commercial air carrier service, but only a small percentage have runway incursion prevention systems.

The addition of AeroBOSS solutions to Leonardo’s portfolio comes at a critical time, as the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO)and Flight Safety Foundation have expressed concerns regarding the risks of airport runway incursions as air travel begins to resume following the sharp declines due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rajiv Gandhi Airport extends partnership with ADB Safegate

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GMR Hyderabad International Airport (GHIAL), which operates Rajiv Gandhi Airport (RGIA) has engaged ADB Safegate to upgrade the primary runway from CAT-1 to CAT-II and the secondary runway from simple approach to CAT-1.

ADB Safegate is already involved in the airfield ground lighting (AGL) expansion of RGIA’s taxiways with construction giant Larsen & Toubro. The new agreement will see ADB Safegate upgrade the airport’s runways and associated Airfield Lighting Control and, Monitoring System (ALCMS) and Individual Lamp Control and Monitoring System (ILCMS). The GHIAL project also includes scope for comprehensive maintenance of the AGL system for the next 10 years.

“RGIA has experienced unprecedented growth over the past few years and we have been among the fastest growing major airports globally,” said SGK Kishore, CEO, GHIAL. “We have embarked on a large scale capacity expansion project to more than double our annual passenger handling capacity and upgrade our key systems. When it came to upgrading our AGL systems, we chose ADB Safegate based on the strength of their offerings and the long partnership we have had with them since the inception of our airport over a decade ago,” he continued.

While the airport’s AGL system predominantly comprises halogen lights, these will be replaced with RELIANCE LED intelligent lights as part of the project. The new LED lights feature a unique intelligence feature that allows for easy individual lamp monitoring and control to guide the pilot form landing to take-off. These lights are also backward compatible which means they will fit into existing bases. In addition to the energy and cost gains of moving to LED lights, the airport will enjoy the benefits of lower maintenance and most importantly, greater safety.

“In 2017, while executing a project for the replacement of 800 taxiway lights, we were able to convince the airport of the benefits of moving from halogen to our range of LED lights. Now when the airport is looking to upgrade both runways, the benefits of making a complete transition to our industry leading range of LED lights were clear,” added Henrik Linderberth, CCO ADB Safegate.