Autumn 2022

issue 59

Welcome to the Autumn 2022 issue of Airside International, in which the features consider the changing demands relating to GSE in the fields of de-icers and tugs and tractors, and how suppliers and operators are using new technologies to provide more efficient, more sustainable services. Innovation in GSE is a key theme, with three articles devoted to new technologies that are moving GSE capability forward, whether in terms of lithium-ion batteries, cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cells or a specific and innovative type of battery-powered belt loader.

We hear about the latest offerings from Aviramp, a provider of a unique range of passenger boarding equipment, and learn all about XOPS, the integrated platform that delivers real-time data that can be used to track, monitor, schedule and manage GSE.

We meet with EINSA and Miles GSE, respectively Spanish and Turkish GSE providers, who are both expanding and developing their ground support equipment portfolios to meet evolving customer demands, while France’s Air Business Corporation (ABC) talks to Airside about its specialist aviation solutions, including GSE refurbishment.

The handlers that operate these various GSE lines are not forgotten. EULEN America, ABM Aviation and Swissport all offer thoughts on various improvements they are making across their businesses, whether it be in the emphasis on sustainable GSE at Swissport’s extensive Moroccan operations, the forward-looking strategies of ABM Aviation’s new managing director, or how EULEN America is positioning itself for growth amidst the rapid recovery of the international aviation industry.

Finally, we learn all about Agility’s acquisition of Menzies Aviation and what this means for the ground services provider and its customers, and we report on the latest good news for the groundbreaking WheelTug system: Spanish carrier AlbaStar has signed up as its European launch customer.

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  • Agility snaps up Menzies in deal worth £763 million

    Supply chain services provider Agility has completed its acquisition of UK-based John Menzies. The latter will be combined with Agility’s Kuwait-headquartered National Aviation Services (NAS) busine...

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  • AlbaStar signs on the dotted line for WheelTug

    Amongst the many announcements made at the biennial UK Farnborough International Airshow held in July this year was news that Spanish airline AlbaStar had agreed to be the European launch customer for...

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  • Aviramp all set for better times for the aviation industry

    As the aviation sector struggles to return to normality and cope with swiftly recovering passenger numbers, many GSE suppliers are gearing up to meet increased demand for their products. Telford, UK-b...

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  • EINSA: a worldwide presence

    David Ayala Galán is the managing director of Madrid, Spain-headquartered EINSA. He explains how the company continues to build on many years of success offering a comprehensive range of GSE into the...

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  • EULEN America all set to exploit future opportunities

    EULEN America provides a range of aviation services at several airports on the US East Coast and in Jamaica (as well as other services outside the sector). While the collapse of the aviation industry ...

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  • Innovation in GSE, part 1: lithium-ion battery technology

    GSE power is undergoing a revolution rather than an evolution. Ever more efficient and cost-effective battery technologies are being developed, while new options such as hydrogen fuel cells are also l...

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  • Innovation in GSE, part 2: hydrogen fuel cell technology

    While lithium-ion batteries are becoming ever more popular as a greener power source for GSE, other even more revolutionary technologies may well start to make a significant impact. One such is hydrog...

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  • Innovation in GSE, part 3: baggage/cargo handling

    A new product designed to ease the burden of baggage and cargo handlers is now available on the market: a compact, motorised folding conveyor system that is positioned inside an aircraft belly and mec...

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  • Moving to electric GSE

    Globally active ground services provider (GSP) Swissport has done much to lower its environmental footprint as part of the aviation industry’s ongoing efforts to become greener. Its move towards ele...

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  • Moving with the times

    Miles GSE is a Turkish supplier of various types of ground support equipment. Sales & marketing supervisor Engin Dogan tells Airside all about the manufacturer, its background and its plans for th...

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  • New MD of ABM’s UK aviation business offers guiding hand

    After serving as operations director for the past four years, on 1 June Jim Niblock officially started in his new role as managing director of facilities services provider ABM’s aviation business in...

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  • PHOENIX E supports AF in Sustainable Flight Challenge

    In summer this year, the SkyTeam alliance of airlines launched a Sustainable Flight Challenge for its members. Carriers compete to maximise their environmental sustainability on a medium-haul and long...

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  • Questions to ask when evaluating Li-ion

    Waev Inc is keen to encourage GSE fleet operators and managers to think critically about whether their operations would benefit from a migration to electric equipment. “We also want to help them und...

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  • Ready for anything

    The technology used to de-ice aircraft has remained largely unchanged for many years, but various efforts are being made to improve performance, safety and sustainability – while patterns of demand ...

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  • Technology changes in the design of tugs and tractors

    The move towards electric GSE seems unstoppable and nowhere more so than in the area of pushbacks and baggage tugs. Other technological developments are also improving the offering of many of the big ...

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  • The Air Business GSE guarantee

    Paris-based Air Business Corporation describes itself as specialising in aviation solutions. Refurbishing GSE is one of its main business lines Air Business Corporation (ABC) is a Paris Roissy Char...

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  • XOPS: digitised support for airside operations

    XOPS – X OPerations on Screen – is an integrated platform that delivers real-time data that can be used to track, monitor, schedule and manage motorised and non-motorised GSE to optimise their val...

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