Deutsche Post's DHL Exel Supply Chain unit won a 10-year, multimillion-dollar deal with British Airways to provide inflight catering services for domestic and short-haul flights from London Heathrow. Contract takes effect in April 2010 and calls for up to 13 million meals annually, inflight retail, media and comfort items as well as waste management and wash-up responsibilities. Northern Foods will prepare the meals under a subcontract with DHL.
Mexicana took delivery of an A330-200 on lease from CIT Aerospace. Aircraft is powered by Trent 772Bs. Separately, MX unveiled a new logo and livery featuring an angled eagle's head and two shades of blue.
Snecma Services won a seven-year Engine Services Per Operation contract with Czech Airlines to provide MRO support for CFM56-3s. Agreement includes a package of services aimed at ensuring reliability and optimal costs through efficient planning and strategic maintenance. Snecma Services will provide remote engine monitoring services and Snecma Services Brussels will handle shop visits.
Swissport International announced it will end its ground handling operations in Singapore on the last day of March for economic reasons. The decision will result in termination of commercial agreements with existing customers and business partners. The company said it intends to seek "the best possible solutions" for its some 300 employees in Singapore. Despite the termination there, Swissport plans to increase its focus in Asia, especially in the Japanese and South Korean markets.
Volvo Aero Services Corp. reached a five-year preferred supplier agreement with Ethiopian Airlines to position more than $20 million in engine material to support MRO activities. In exchange, Ethiopian will provide VAS with MRO support on select engines and material.