ACI Jet now supplied with SAF by Avfuel at John Wayne Airport

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Describing itself as the “newest and hippest” FBO located at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, US, ACI Jet (KSNA) has joined Avfuel’s portfolio of branded FBOs.

With the fuel supplier now supplying sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), Avfuel will provide the FBO with an ongoing supply of Neste MY SAF, having received its first load of the fuel at the end of December.

Commenting on the new supply, Andrew Robillard, Vice President of ACI Jet FBOs and facilities, said: “We are excited to provide our Orange County customers with a sustainable fuel option and to support progress toward a future of renewable energy in aviation.”

Recognised as key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, SAF has the potential to deliver up to 80% less greenhouse gas emissions over its life cycle compared to traditional jet fuel if used in its neat, concentrated form. Each truckload (approximately 8,000 gallons) of SAF Avfuel supplied to the FBO provides a 19 metric tonne reduction in carbon emissions over its life cycle. This provides the same climate benefit as reducing the emissions from 4.1 passenger vehicles to zero over the course of a year.

Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels, said: “Avfuel is proud to yet again work with ACI Jet on sustainability initiatives. Its team was one of the first to provide Avfuel’s SAF on a demonstrative basis back in August 2020 and we couldn’t be more thrilled to expand this offering with a consistent supply of SAF to the Orange County community. The result is a real, measurable difference in carbon emissions for sustainability-minded organisations.”

Cutter Aviation acquires Georgetown FBO

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The US-based family-owned and operated FBO and aviation services company Cutter Aviation has acquired AeroJet FBO at Georgetown Municipal Airport in Texas.

The Georgetown facility is the fifth FBO in Cutter’s network. It includes a comfortable passenger terminal with 14,000 sq. ft. of office area and 74,000 sq. ft. of hangar space that can accommodate aircraft up to a G450, conference rooms, pilot lounge with snooze room, flight-planning area, crew car, and concierge service.

“We are thrilled to be part of Georgetown’s community and to increase our presence in the Southwest.” Said Will Cutter, President and CEO of Cutter Aviation. “We look forward to welcoming local based clients as well as transient clients and providing them the same level of service we are known for at our other locations. Also, be on the lookout for new and exciting announcements in the upcoming weeks about our Georgetown facility.”

Located within Williamson County, which has been ranked as one of the fastest-growing counties in the country Georgetown Airport offers a gateway for some of the largest companies in the world moving to the area. This strategic location is just 30 miles north of Downtown Austin, Texas.

Nevada’s McCarran Airport renamed Harry Reid International Airport

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The commercial airport serving Southern Nevada, and formerly known as McCarran International Airport (LAS), has been renamed Harry Reid International Airport, after the US Senate Leader, who represented Nevada in Congress from 1983 to 2017. Reid advanced legislation that allowed for the completion of Terminal 3 at LAS in 2012, and the construction of the new air traffic control facility that opened in 2016. He was also integral in securing the land that will serve as the future site of the Southern Nevada Supplemental Airport.

While immediate changes will be noticeable on the airport’s social media channels, passengers will continue to see the former airport name in various locations as the airport’s transition continues.

The Board of County Commissioners, which oversees Clark County Department of Aviation voted in February, 2021 to change the name of LAS from McCarran Airport with all funds used in the process received from private donations. It is estimated the cost of renaming the airport and all the associated branding will cost $7.2 million in total and will be divided into three phases:

Phase one will cover community to curb and will include the signage around the airport, such as road signs and other airport markers and social media channels. Phase two (curb to gates) will entail all signage and other markers within the airport terminals. Phase three (airport operations) will include the uniforms, vehicle decals and other administrative items.

Denver Airport partners with Materna to reveal largest self-bag drop installation in the US

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Denver International Airport has completed Phase 1 of its Great Hall Project featuring 86 new self-bag drop (SBD) systems developed by Materna IPS.

The opening of the SBD systems aligns with the airport’s extensive technological redevelopment project; and is designed to provide a seamless check-in experience with the ability to check-in over-sized luggage, like skis and snowboards. The hybrid self-bag drops are also equipped with counters and can be operated by airline staff if needed – this gives the airport increased flexibility to meet the growth demand.

The deployment of the 86 kiosks is the largest and most extensive hybrid self-bag drop installation in the US. The systems went live with Southwest Airlines in November, followed by United Airlines. Within the first two weeks, more than 35,000 bags had been processed with the newly integrated automatic baggage handling system. They also decreased the average passenger transaction time at the airport by nearly 50% during this period.

In addition to the hardware solution, Southwest Airlines will be using the Materna IPS SBD application to operate the new automated baggage handling process. Materna IPS will also be responsible for hosting the self-bag drop system within the AWS Cloud, where the availability and functionality of the SBD units are constantly monitored.

“Everyone is absolutely honoured to be part of this incredible, groundbreaking and innovative project that is revolutionising passenger handling in the US,” said Gary McDonald, President of Materna IPS, USA.

John Glenn Columbus Airport welcomes new STS Maintenance station

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Aircraft maintenance provider, STS Line Maintenance has opened a line maintenance station at Ohio’s John Glenn Columbus (CMH) Airport, bringing its total number of maintenance stations throughout the US, Bahamas and the UK to 37.

“As is the case with most new stations that we open, our clients reached out and requested our award-winning aircraft maintenance services in Columbus,” said Mark Smith, President of STS Aviation Group, which owns STS Line Maintenance. “After careful consideration and months of planning, the new station is now open and already repairing aircraft.”

Robby Bush, VP and General Manager of STS Line Maintenance added: “this is another exciting step for us at STS Line Maintenance. As our company continues to expand its global reach, we will continue to provide the aerospace industry with cost-effective aircraft maintenance solutions at every turn.”

The new facility will be open seven days a week and the on-the-ground team has the ability to store spare parts on property, which adds a significant increase to the overall cost-saving’s benefits STS is able to deliver to customers at CMH Airport.

WestJet resumes nonstop link between Calgary and San Diego

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Having suspended services in March 2020 due to the global pandemic, WestJet has restarted its link between Calgary Airport (YYC) in Alberta, Canada and San Diego International Airport in California. The year-round nonstop flights will be operated twice weekly to start with, increasing to three times weekly from 1 November.

“The airport welcomes WestJet back to San Diego,” said Kimberly Becker, San Diego County Regional Airport Authority President and CEO. “Calgary is a major hub for WestJet, where San Diegans can continue on and connect to other cities throughout Canada including Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon. We appreciate the resumption of service.”

Prior to the suspension, WestJet provided up to five flights a week to Calgary from San Diego. It is the second airline to resume flights between Canada and San Diego following the Canadian government’s reopening of the border on 9 August to fully vaccinated travellers. Travellers arriving in Canada regardless of their vaccine status will need a negative PCR or molecular test within 72 hours of requesting entry.

San Diego has partnered with Carbon Health to provide an on-site COVID-19 testing facility for passengers wanting to get tested before a trip.

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John Wayne Airport records significant increase in passenger traffic in July

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Los Angeles’ John Wayne Airport has noted that passenger traffic in July 2021 (890,185 passengers) increased 272.3% when compared with July 2020 passenger traffic (239,120 passengers). The figures for this year mark a decrease of just 5.9% when compared to July 2019 when 946,111 passengers travelled through the airport.

Commercial aircraft operations increased 85.9% commuter aircraft operations increased 14.6% when compared with July 2020 levels. Comparing July 2021 to 2019 levels, commercial aircraft operations of 7,294 decreased 5.5 % and commuter aircraft operations of 527 increased 0.8%.

In addition, the airport also noted that total aircraft operations increased in July 2021 compared with the same month in 2020 with 31,998 take-offs and landings in July this year compared to 23,694 total operations in July 2020 (a 35% increase). Aircraft operations also increased 16.3% compared to July 2019 when the airport saw 27,520 aircraft operations.

General aviation activity, which accounted for 75.5% of the total aircraft operations during July 2021, increased 25.4% when compared with July 2020, and increased 25.8% when compared to general aviation activity of 19,194 in July 2019, which accounted for 69.7% of total aircraft operations.

Servy partners with SLC Salt Lake Airport to launch contactless food ordering service

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Servy has launched a mobile food ordering service in partnership with Emerging Domestic Market Ventures (EDMV) at Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC). Powered by Servy’s Grab Airport Marketplace technology, the new SLCtoGo platform provides a convenient, safe alternative to dining in or waiting for an order to go, without the need to download an app.

Passengers, as well as airport employees and airline crew will able to use SLCtoGo to view restaurant menus and place food and beverage orders via the website, or alternatively they can use their digital services to scan QR codes located across the airport. Orders can be collected from the food outlet or have it delivered directly to their chosen airport gate.

“It’s great to be partnering with EDMV and Salt Lake City International to enable more people to benefit from our contactless order and pay technology. SLCtoGo offers a safe and convenient touch-free alternative to traditional payment options, enabling travellers and airport staff to easily place meal orders from digital devices while maintaining social distance. I firmly believe that these new facilities will help our partners at Salt Lake City meet the changing needs of its passengers as we emerge from the pandemic, providing them with a modern, contactless services that will enhance their overall experience during their journey.”

A number of local and national restaurant brands have already signed up to the new contactless service at Salt Lake City Airport with additional concessionaires due to be added in the coming weeks.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for us to be part of this innovative launch at Salt Lake City Airport providing a unique food and beverage gate delivery option to time-pressed travellers. Our guests can eat and drink when they want, where they want, allowing them to stay in their own bubble throughout the airport journey if that’s what they prefer,” added AtYourGate Co-founder, Chris Hartman.