• Hamburg handler buys new loaders and stairs

    GroundSTARS, one of the three ground-handling subsidiaries of Hamburg Airport operator Flughafen Hamburg, has ordered two new 3.5-tonne cargo container loaders from Laweco, with the option to buy eight more between 2018 and 2021. The ground-handler also formally procured eight passenger boarding

  • IER unveils two-step SBD

    IER has launched a new common-use self-service (CUSS) self-bag drop (SBD) system for easy integration with existing check-in counters and airport IT infrastructure. The two-step i820 includes a module above the conveyor that switches the function from agent-assisted mode to self-service. The new

  • Valencia embarks on expansion

    The terminal and runway at Valencia Airport in eastern Spain are being upgraded in a EUR23 million (USD28.4 million), five-year project. Airport director Joaquin Rodriguez announced in a 19 April press briefing that the upgrade aims to attract more passenger airlines to operate from Valencia.

  • Vilnius operator seeks BHS provider

    Lithuanian Airports has issued a tender for an eight-year baggage-handling system (BHS) modernisation project at Vilnius Airport. The deadline for bids is 21 May. The contractor will be responsible for planning, manufacturing, delivering, and installing a new BHS with two explosive detection

  • Bag mishandling hits an all-time low as aviation prepares for IATA 753

    Baggage mishandling in the air transport industry improved in 2017 to reach a new low of 5.57 items per 1,000 passengers despite record passenger volume, SITA announced on 19 April in its latest annual Baggage Report. The 2017 mishandling rate is 2.8% better than the 5.73 per 1,000 passengers

  • European researchers gaze into a green crystal ball

    Advanced techniques and fuels for decarbonising aviation hold promise – but it will take time to deploy them Improvements in fuel burn efficiency aside, economic and policy constraints are limiting the technological options to mitigate the affect of aviation on the atmosphere in the

  • Halmstad seeks ATS supplier

    The municipal authority for the Swedish city of Halmstad is seeking an air traffic services (ATS) supplier for the local airport. An invitation to tender was issued on 13 April, with a deadline of 5 June for responses. The ATS contract for Halmstad City Airport will run from 1 January 2019 to 31

  • NewPENS prepares the ground for 2030

     BT Global Services was selected by Eurocontrol and 41 industry partners on 17 April as the new provider of data exchange services for European air navigation service providers (ANSPs), in a contract worth an estimated EUR50 million (USD61 million).  European air navigation service

  • Stand allocation module enhances CAST

    Airport Research Center GmbH (ARC) has enhanced its CAST simulation software family with a new module to help airports optimise use of stands. “Stand allocation is one of the major screws that an airport can turn to optimise the use of its infrastructure,” said managing partner Michael

  • BNP Associates gives green light to Leonardo

    Italian conglomerate Leonardo announced on 17 April that core components of its Multisorting Baggage Handling System (MBHS) have met stringent requirements from influential US-based design consultancy BNP Associates. Having inspected and tested the Leonardo cross-belt sorter and induction units,

  • Dubai to adopt MindSphere

    Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics (SPPAL) is working with Dubai Airports to improve operations and the passenger experience via the MindSphere Internet of Things operating system. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two parties emphasises potential pilot studies and joint

  • Netherlands picks Selex DME

    Dutch air navigation service provider LVNL has awarded Selex ES Inc a sole-source contract to supply Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) and ancillary equipment, either co-located with an en route beacon or with an Instrument Landing System for the terminal area. The contract has a 13-year base

  • US military and industry address problem of toxic firefighting foam

    Military firefighters in the United States are switching to safer methods of limiting the pollution generated by aircraft crash responses, fire training, and mandatory testing of aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) vehicles. The problem involves long-chain C8 fluorinated aqueous film-forming

  • CCD to design control rooms for Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal

    The new Midfield Terminal Complex at Abu Dhabi International Airport will include a set of control rooms created by CCD Design & Ergonomics. The UK-based consultancy was appointed by Etihad Aviation Group after a competitive tender. “We will be designing four control rooms for Etihad

  • Hawaiian begins to use SB-S

    Inmarsat confirmed on 17 April that its SwiftBroadband-Safety (SB-S) high-speed communications platform has entered operational service with Hawaiian Airlines. United Airlines and Shenzhen Airlines are also conducting in-flight evaluations of SB-S. For air navigation service providers, SB-S

  • Phoenix rises in China

    Goldhofer reports a new order from China Eastern Airlines for 20 towbarless aircraft tow tractors. A total of 12 AST-2X Phoenix vehicles will be delivered to Shanghai Pudong – the main hub for China Eastern – with the other eight destined for Shanghai Hongqiao. Lothar Holder, head of

  • UK start-up company wins DHS contract

    UK-based cyber-security start-up iProov Ltd has been awarded a contract worth about USD190,000 to improve self-service screening of international passengers on arrival at airports in the United States. The contract is the first award under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and

  • Vision-Box creates miniature detection device

    Vision-Box has developed a new image capture unit as the smallest device in its portfolio. The image capture device – as yet unnamed - has both short and long range ‘liveness’ detection capacity, which means it can analyse a scene and work out exactly how many people there are in

  • Changi T5 project progresses with contractor selection

    On 13 April Changi Airport Group (CAG) unveiled three master consultant teams to provide architectural design and engineering consultancy services for the new Terminal 5 (T5) at Singapore Changi, as well as the satellite terminal, ground transportation centre, and main landside access road. At the

  • i920 kiosk takes centre stage for IER

    Production is under way of the IER i920 common-use self-service (CUSS) check-in and bag tag kiosk. The i920 includes a 19-inch (48 cm) ergonomic tablet-style touchscreen. Its modular design enables integration of extra components, such as a facial recognition camera embedded at the top of the