Czech ground handling support provider Euro Jet Intercontinental is expanding its operations into Western Europe as part of a new global expansion plan. The company recently appointed Gareth Danker as its new director of global sales and marketing; it also named Matej Gunda head of its Western European operations. Gunda will operate from a new office in Brussels.
Aircraft ground handling
Los Angeles-based private equity firm Levine Leichtman Capital Partners finalized its acquisition of ground support equipment manufacturer Tronair yesterday. The Holland, Ohio-based company makes more than 1,000 products–including towbars, electric tugs, tripod jacks, de-icer carts, lavatory servicing equipment, potable water carts and engine inlet covers–for more than 300 business aircraft, military aircraft and airliners.
For the FBO industry, just how good a year 2012 will be depends solely upon how much flight activity there is in the corporate and private aviation sectors. After all, parked aircraft do not use fuel nor require the services of FBO staff.
Southwest Airlines says it will be the first major airline to widely use a wireless, ground-support communications system to improve safety and operational efficiency during pushback operations. The airline plans to deploy the Flightcom pushback system for commercial aviation at 425 gates at 73 airports in the U.S. by the first quarter of 2012.
Signature Flight Support recently acquired a majority stake in Arrindell Aviation Services, an FBO at St. Maarten Princess Juliana International Airport. This new Signature location will provide ground handling, fuel coordination, ground transportation for passengers and crew, ramp parking, water and lavatory services, catering and weather and routing services.
Signature Flight Support (Stand 7030) and Aviapartner have launched a dedicated into-plane refueling service at Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport.
Ground support equipment supplier Aero Specialties is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1235) as an official distributor of Unitron ground power units. Unitron, based in Dallas, Texas, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and for the first time is unveiling a line of GPUs that are approved to European Union standards.
PHILLIPS 66 ADDS FBOs
Central Flying Service of Little Rock, Ark., has switched to the Phillips 66 fuel brand. The FBO has been in business more than 70 years and covers 77 acres at Adams Field, including 558,000 sq ft of covered space and 21 hangars. The company also offers charter, flight training, heavy maintenance, avionics repair and installation, aircraft sales and an onsite restaurant.
Evo Jet Services is expanding its operations eastward with new ground handling and flight support operations in India, Nepal and China, as well as across the Caucasus region and central Asia. The company also has secured a full handling license for Germany’s Berlin Schoenefeld International Airport and will start operations there on January 11.
Ground support equipment provider Aero Specialties (Booth No. 986) has signed a distribution agreement with Jet Go International for its new 550M diesel-powered 28-volt GPU.