The multi-year contracts for new German and Austrian cities follow on from Swissport's certification as Etihad Cargo's PHP at Athens, Geneva, Larnaca, Nairobi, Seoul and Toronto. Only companies that meet the high service performance standards of Etihad Cargo and can assure consistency in quality across their regional operations can be certified as a PHP.
The deal includes cargo handling for multiple passenger and freighter flights. It reinforces Swissport´s performance in the areas of safety, security management, regulatory compliance, training, IT interfaces, business planning and risk management.
Nils Pries Knudsen, Senior Vice President Cargo Europe at Swissport International, said: "We are proud to now expand our partnership with Etihad Cargo through adding the three new stations in Germany and Austria, after just recently having been announced Preferred Handling Partner. We are looking forward to providing the highest quality services and processes to Etihad Cargo and its customers and to further enhance the reliability and quality of ground handling services to develop our network operations."
Swissport International and Etihad Cargo are both members of the International Air Transport Association's Cargo 2000 (C2K) industry group. The group's mission is to create and implement a C2K quality standard and management system by bringing about greater efficiencies, improving customer service and reducing costs in the worldwide air cargo industry.
Swissport International Ltd.provides ground services for around 118 million passengers and 3.5 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 650 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of around 40,000 personnel, Swissport is active at 180 stations in 38 countries on five continents, and generates annual consolidated operating revenue of CHF 1.9 billion.www.swissport.com
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 94 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 78 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and over 80 aircraft on firm order, including 41 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus and, subject to regulatory approval, will acquire 24 per cent of India's Jet Airways.www.etihad.com