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The week in brief

•Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (pictured above) is the first in the U.S. to use a new bio-based de-icing fluid that is more environmentally friendly and more cost effective for commercial carriers. Airport Terminal Services began using Kilfrost DFSustain Type 1 bio-propanediol for its de-icing operations earlier this February.
 •DHL Express has been awarded global 9001:2008 certification. The certification confirms that DHL has met the requirements of the ISO standard for its Quality Management System. In order to obtain ISO 9001:2008 certification, companies must demonstrate that they have implemented effective quality management systems across all areas of the business.
 •Norbert Dentressangle had a sound financial 2012. Consolidated turnover grew by 8.5 percent and earnings before interest, tax and amortization increased by 9.1 percent to almost $186 million (€142.3 million).
 •L-3 Link Simulation & Training’s Crawley, U.K.-based operation has completed the updating of a Lufthansa Flight Training A380 Full Flight Simulator to the latest Airbus 1.3 product baseline. L-3 is a world leader in providing training solutions for operators and maintainers.
 •Etihad Airways concluded a transaction with Jet Airways to purchase the Indian carrier’s three pairs of Heathrow slots for $70 million. The purchase is part of a sale and lease back agreement. Jet Airways will continue to operate flights to London using these slots.
 •Air Partner, an air charter services provider, has been awarded the International Organisation for Standardization’s prestigious ISO 9001 (v 2008) accreditation. This certification recognizes Air Partner’s adoption of a quality management system across the its European offices. The accreditation is based on three areas: safety, transparency and quality of service.

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