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TAS is re-locating its headquarters

TAS is re-locating its headquarters from its current offices in Phoenix, AZ, to Spring Texas, a northern suburb of Houston, Texas. The relocation will be completed by August 1st, 2017.

The re-location will allow us to operate more closely and in conjunction with CCR-USA in developing our North American Aviation Strategy.

TAS Wins Coveted Award From Lufthansa

Berlin, Germany – March 19th, 2016 – At an awards dinner in Berlin last night, Total Airport Services (TAS) won the top award from Lufthansa for Outstanding Performance for 2015. The dinner, which was attended by Mr. Jack Evans, TAS CEO, and Mr. Gerald Kolasch, TAS Chief Commercial Officer, was also attended by industry experts from around the world.

Lufthansa has 199 service companies they work with around the world, the top 19 of which were invited to attend this award event. They recognized the top performers from different categories by region; the award for Outstanding Performance however is the top prize.

TAS provides services for Lufthansa in Newark, New Jersey; Atlanta, Georgia, San Francisco, California; and Los Angeles, California. In his award acceptance speech, Mr. Evans recognized the TAS team members at each of these locations as the winners of the award.

“We have amazing team members at each of the locations that have taken our core value of Quality Customer Service to heart,” said Mr. Evans. “This award really goes to them and the outstanding job they do day in and day out.”

This is the second time Lufthansa has recognized TAS as a top performer. In 2013 Lufthansa selected TAS for its Service Excellence Award as the best company in North America.

TAS Adds International Passenger Services In ORD

Chicago, IL – March 18th, 2016 – Total Airport Services (TAS), a leading North American aviation service provider started ground handling Icelandic Air and China Eastern Airlines passenger aircraft this week in ORD. Icelandic Air began flying into Chicago on March 15th and China Eastern began their operations on March 18th.

“We are extremely happy to have won these contracts and handle these carriers on their inaugural flights,” said Jack Evans, TAS CEO. “Our team in Chicago does an amazing job and TAS selection is a tribute to them. They make TAS the best service provider on the field.”

Icelandic Air’s Boeing 757 aircraft arrived amongst rain and high winds, but nothing could dampen the spirits of those attending the opening ceremonies. On the maiden flight was the Ambassador of Iceland, the Iceland Consul General, and the CEO of Icelandic Air. Everything went off perfectly.

China Eastern’s Boeing 777 arrived March 18th, with much better weather. Again as the inaugural flight into Chicago, China’s Consul General was onboard. And once again everything was handled perfectly thanks Mr. Daniel Kogut, TAS Station Manager, and Mr. Radek Wachowski, TAS Operations Manager responsible for the the project.

“TAS has a very experienced team handling our passenger aircraft,” said Mr. Kogut. “We have been handling passenger aircraft here since 2009 and Piotr Kwintal does an amazing job.”

TAS Wins New Contract with China Eastern Airlines

Chicago, IL — January 28, 2016 – Total Airport Services, LLC, or TAS, a leading North American aviation service provider, recently signed a contractual agreement with China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. for services at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD). Effective in March 2016, TAS will oversee China Eastern’s passenger-flight ground-handling needs at the international terminal, Terminal 5 (T5).

“These are exciting times,” stated Daniel Malinowski, TAS Vice President of Business Development, who spearheaded the project. “Not only is this the beginning of a new relationship with a renowned Asian passenger airline, but it will also strengthen our position on T5.”

While the agreement marks the carrier’s entry into the Chicago market, the addition of China Eastern to the TAS portfolio is only the latest in a series of new contracts for the company at Chicago O’Hare.

“Over the past six months, the TAS team has attracted three international passenger carriers — Air France, KLM and, now, China Eastern,” explained Gerald Kolasch, TAS Chief Commercial Officer. “This goes in line with our strategic vision to expand into passenger ground-handling and passenger services at major airports throughout the United States.”

China Eastern Airlines is China’s second-largest carrier by passengers, serving more than 80 million travelers annually in 2014. The airline operates a fleet of 430 long- and short-haul aircraft with an average age of less than seven years. China Eastern, along with its subsidiary, Shanghai Airlines, is an official member of the SkyTeam alliance.

TAS Commences Partnership with CCR S.A.

Phoenix, AZ — November 13, 2015 – Total Airport Services, LLC, or TAS, a leading North American aviation service provider, today completed the sale of 70 percent of its ownership to an affiliate of CCR S.A., one of the largest infrastructure concession companies in the world. The acquisition marks CCR’s first foray into the U.S. market.

According to Jack Evans, TAS CEO, “We’ve grown rapidly in the last decade, and partnering with CCR will give us the opportunity to accelerate this growth not only within the aviation services industry, but also in related fields.”

As part of the agreement, Evans will retain 30 percent ownership in TAS and stay its CEO. Former co-owner Denny Eichenbaum will maintain a critical position within the TAS organization as a business development resource. The company will remain headquartered in Phoenix, AZ.

Brazilian company CCR S.A. holds interests in a wide array of transportation-related systems, including ownership and management of a number of airports throughout Latin America, either directly or through affiliates. Its long-term portfolio diversification strategy includes expanding its reach into the airport sector; outside of Brazil, the company already holds interests in international airports within Ecuador, Costa Rica and Venezuela.

TAS Management Changes

Phoenix, Arizona – August 2015, The Total Airport Services (TAS), Inc. corporate team in Phoenix is pleased to announce some changes to management as it continues to grow and increase its footprint.

Mr. Michael Reno has been named Chief Operations Officer and will be heading up the operations team at headquarters in Phoenix. Based on the company’s short- and long-term goals, Reno and his team will seek to improve and standardize operations at all TAS locations across the country. Reno has over 15 years of industry experience, along with extensive operations and project management experience.

Further, Mr. Thomas Henry has been named Director of Operations and has relocated to headquarters in Phoenix. Henry previously served as General Manager at SFO and brings over 25 years of industry experience to his new role. Henry has been at TAS since 2013 and thus knows the business well.

In addition, Mr. Jay Tweeddale has been appointed as Regional Director – East Coast. Tweeddale has over 25 years of industry experience, and has been with TAS since it started operating in 2004; in fact, he worked with several of TAS’s founding members prior to that. Tweeddale previously served as General Manager at BDL, and restructured the operations at EWR.

TAS CEO Jack Evans is pleased to welcome all three individuals to their new roles. The three gentlemen bring invaluable experience to their roles and therefore immense insight that can benefits their teams. Per Evans, “These three gentlemen face some serious challenges in 2015 as we look to broaden our reach. I’m confident that they are uniquely positioned to help propel us forward as we undertake some exciting new opportunities. Please join me in congratulating them in their new scopes of duty.”

TAS Supports United We Care
Phoenix, Arizona – August 2015, Total Airport Services (TAS) is pleased to announce that it is now a proud financial supporter of United We Care. The charity was established by United Airlines to support its Team Members when unexpected serious events occur. Part of the fund’s mission: to provide for the unexpected and tragic results and minimize their impact on the affected Team Members. Accidents, traumatic events and unexpected medical costs are just some of the events that the fund covers.

While the fund is regularly supported by weekly paycheck contributions from United Team Members, the charity receives support from many organizations in the aviation industry and in the Greater Chicago area, United Airlines’ home city.

As a business partner to United, TAS is proud to make a donation to this worthy cause. Good things do in fact happen when everyone works as a team, and TAS salutes United for working to care for all its Team Members.

TAS Relocates to The Valley of the Sun

Phoenix, Arizona – June 2015, The Total Airport Services (TAS) corporate team in Phoenix is pleased to announce that its move to Arizona is now complete.

The Simi Valley, California office officially closed on June 26, 2015. It had served as headquarters since the company was incorporated in November 2004.

Corporate personnel have been in the process of relocating for the past several months and that is now complete; with the closing of the California office, business can now really begin to heat up.

While the headquarters might have moved, CEO Jack Evans is quick to point out that little has changed except for the weather. “Our commitment to providing quality, personalized service at competitive prices is unwavering. Our reputation for excellent service and customer satisfaction continues to attract new business, as do our Core Values. Those will remain unchanged no matter where we set up shop.”

As 2015 continues to shape up to be a promising year for TAS, everyone across the company is excited about all the changes taking place.

TAS Reorganizes its Management Team

Phoenix, Arizona – June 2015, The Total Airport Services (TAS) corporate team in Phoenix is pleased to announce some changes to its management team.

Mr. Gerald Kolasch has been named Chief Commercial Officer, at TAS’ new head office in Phoenix, where he will be responsible for the commercial strategy and development of the organization. Kolasch has been with TAS since 2005, and has held the position of COO since 2011 and therefore is uniquely positioned to undertake the challenge of growing TAS’s current customer base, thus increasing revenue and shareholder value.

In addition, Mr. Richard Cardoza has been named Director of Operations and will be overseeing operational efficiency from headquarters. Cardoza will seek to improve and standardize all aspects of TAS’s operations across the country, thus ensuring better adherence to budgets and schedules. With extensive experience in ground handling, Cardoza has all the tools at his disposal to improve the management of company resources and equipment.

TAS CEO Jack Evans is pleased to welcome Kolasch to his role and Cardoza to the company. Both gentlemen bring years of experience and excellent dedication to their new roles. Per Evans, “Both of these gentleman have been tasked with serious roles for 2015 as we undertake some exciting new opportunities. I am confident that they both are up to the task. Please join me in congratulating them in their new scopes of duty.”

TAS Wins New Contract with Air China Cargo Airlines

Chicago, Illinois – April 2015, The Total Airport Services (TAS) team in Chicago won a new contract with Air China Cargo airlines this month. Air China Cargo came to TAS with very short notice to start handling three flights a week to Frankfurt Germany starting April 11, 2015. The TAS team in Chicago not only accepted the challenge, they excelled beyond expectations.

Mr. Ray Lo, Vice President of Air China said “Thank you for such a quick and smooth transition. We hope to do more business with Total Airport Services in the future.” Starting on June 20, 2015 TAS will handle all of Air China Cargo’s seven flights into and out of Chicago. They fly to both Frankfurt and Shanghai from Chicago using the Boeing 777 aircraft.

TAS Vice President Daniel Malinowski welcomes the new business and commends his staff for taking on the challenge of handling Air China on a short notice basis on top of all the other cargo ground handling contracts they already have. TAS has been operating in Chicago since June 2007 and besides cargo ground handling does cargo warehousing and full ground services which consist of ramp handling, passenger handling, and fueling.

TAS Chicago Exceeding Expectations Despite Severe Weather

Chicago, Illinois – February 20th, 2015, Spirit Airlines recognized TAS Chicago for its impressive performance in its first thirty days of providing passenger service agents at ORD. Spirit noted 100% on-time departures, further commending TAS for meeting the increased physical demands of operating in Chicago.

Other TAS Chicago customers recognized that none of the delays they faced in Chicago were due to TAS operations, but were in fact, due to the sever weather conditions at ORD.

“Chicago has presented some unique challenges this winter,” said Mr. Jack Evans, TAS CEO. “Temperatures have plummeted to -35 with wind-chill, stretching the limits of what the human body can withstand. Management is working overtime to keep morale high, safety met and customer satisfaction exceeded. Our ORD crew continues to make us proud.”

TAS has been operating in Chicago since June 2007. Up until January, TAS had been only doing the ground handling for Spirit Airlines. With the change last month, TAS now provides the total package for Spirit Airlines in Chicago.

TAS Takes Passenger Service Agent Duties for Spirit Airlines in Chicago

Chicago, Illinois – On January 7th, TAS announced that it will be taking over the Passenger Service Agent duties for Spirit Airlines in Chicago. This is a new venture for Spirit Airlines, as the employees were previously part of Spirit. It’s also unique because the contract was worked as a direct partnership between the two companies.

Ms. Agata Najbar, TAS Station Manager in Chicago, said, “This is a very exciting time for TAS in Chicago. We will be adding about 60 people to our rolls just to cover this business.” She added, “We welcome the people and the new business to the TAS portfolio of service offerings.”

Spirit currently flies approximately 20 aircraft per day in and out of ORD, but the plan is to increase the offering within the next quarter. That will make ORD one of Spirit Airline’s largest hubs. The handover from Spirit Airlines to TAS is scheduled to take place on January 29th. TAS has been handling doing the ground handling for Spirit since November 2009.

TAS Wins New Contract with American Airlines

Newark, New Jersey – Total Airport Services (TAS) has been awarded the American Airlines contract at Newark-Liberty International Airport. This is the first new contract TAS has won under the new combined arrangement in the facility formerly occupied by Worldwide Flight Service (WFS).

The new contract will add about four million kilos of cargo and mail to TAS operations in Newark. American Airlines operates about 390 flights per month into Newark so this will be a big boost to TAS warehouse operations. American Airlines recently merged with US Airways so the carriers are now looking for a single service provider to handle both carriers at individual airports.

In April, TAS took control of the lease of the facility that WFS formerly operated. Then in May, TAS brought on board the WFS employees. Finally, in June TAS moved all of it’s operations into the former WFS facility completing the transition to all TAS management. The staff there has already expanded by 29% from what was originally envisioned as the operations continue to grow and expand.

Mr. Harry Hoge described why TAS was selected, “The award of the new American Airlines cargo business to TAS was greatly influenced by the outstanding service TAS has provided to US Airways at BDL and EWR for the past several years. Once again our reputation for superior service and customer satisfaction has led to the success of the business development team and continued growth for Total Airport Services.” said Hoge. Operations are set to begin September 8th.

TAS Opening Operations in ATL on August 1st

Atlanta, Georgia – Friday it was announced that Total Airport Services (TAS) will begin operations for Lufthansa in Atlanta, Georgia on August 1st. TAS will begin performing ground handling for Lufthansa handling the Boeing 777 and MD-11 aircraft. “This is a tremendous victory for TAS,” said Mr. Denny Eichenbaum, Senior Vice President for Business Development. “It opens the door for TAS to offer many more services at the busiest airport in the world,” said Eichenbaum.

TAS will begin handling four cargo aircraft per week when operations begin in August. This is also the fourth airport in which TAS will provide services to Lufthansa, the other three being Newark, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Part of the reason TAS was selected was because of the excellent reputation and exemplary service Lufthansa receives at all three of those locations. This is also in line with TAS strategy of doing an excellent job for a carrier at one location in order to pick up business at other locations.

So congratulations to the TAS team members working the Lufthansa operations at EWR, SFO, and LAX because without that we would never have been given the chance in Atlanta. Congratulations also to the business development team for securing this contract including Mr. Gerald Kolasch, TAS Chief Operating Officer, and Mr. Harry Hoge, TAS Vice President for Business Development. Atlanta is expected to grow quickly and be one to TAS largest operating locations in the near future.

TAS Announces New Business at LAX and ORD

Simi Valley, CA – It’s been a busy two days for the Business Development team. On Wednesday we were notified that Etihad had awarded Total Airport Services (TAS) it’s business in Los Angeles (LAX). Then today, Yangtze River Express announced that TAS would be its ground handler at O’Hare International Airport (ORD). “Good things come in threes,” said Mr. Denny Eichenbaum, Senior Vice President for Business Development. “We expect to be able to make a further announcement about new business in San Francisco very soon,” continued Eichenbaum.

Etihad Airways is one of the fastest, new air carriers to enter the U.S. market. Based out of Abu Dhabi, Etihad will begin by flying their Boeing 777 Extended Range passenger aircraft into LAX daily or seven times per week. They also add the possibility of adding ad hoc freighters and have plans to ramp up to a twice daily passenger flights next year. TAS expects to handle over eight million kilos annually and add eight full time personnel to its LAX staff to handle the workload. The cargo will be handled out TAS Nippon Cargo Airways facility and will start June 1st.

Yangtze River Express is also a new entrant into the U.S. market and this is its first venture into ORD. They will begin by flying three 747 freighters into Chicago on a weekly basis from Pudong International Airport, Shanghai, China. Mr. Daniel Malinowski, TAS Vice President, was hugely responsible for TAS being selected as the winning bidder. “Yangtze was really looking for a partner that could guide them as they started flying to the U.S.,” said Mr. Malinowski, “and we helped them every step of the way in true Quality Customer Service fashion.” Adding, “The really nice thing about Yangtze is that they are a day time carrier and match up nicely with all of our night time operations as we have ramps and equipment available for them “ said Malinowski. Yangtze will allow TAS to move 11 people from a part-time role to full time employees with the schedule they are flying.

So please help me congratulate all of the Business Development Team and the GMs at LAX and ORD for these significant pieces of new business. And congratulations to all of the staff at those two locations for truly demonstrating how professional TAS operates when the carriers came around to view the operations. In each case, the carriers agreed that it was the best operations they had seen.

TAS to Lease New Air Cargo Handling Facilities at ORD

Chicago, IL May 1, 2014 – Aeroterm, the leading investor, developer and manager of airport industrial property in North America, announced today an agreement has been reached with Total Airport Services (TAS) to lease 208,000 square feet of new air cargo handling facilities at Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) within the first phase of development of the Northeast Cargo Center. In addition to cargo warehouse and office facilities, TAS will lease three B747-8F ramp positions. This first phase of development includes construction of a 440,000 square feet building with cargo and office space and 700,000 square feet of adjacent aircraft ramp.

“Aeroterm is pleased to announce this major commitment by TAS to the first phase of this development and to Chicago O’Hare International Airport,” stated Michael Minear, Executive Vice President for Aeroterm. “TAS will be able to serve its airline and airport clients far more efficiently and effectively in this state of the art cargo facility.”

The Northeast Cargo Center at ORD is a modern air cargo handling facility development, which will be constructed in three phases totaling 820,000 square feet when completed. Aeroterm previously reached an agreement with the City of Chicago to develop these facilities as well as construct new aircraft parking ramp capable of accommodating new generation aircraft including the Boeing 747-8 series aircraft. All aspects of the development will incorporate sustainable planning, design and construction practices under the guidelines of the CDA Sustainable Airport Manual, including green roof space.

The $200 million project is expected to support approximately 1,200 construction jobs, 1,200 permanent on-site cargo jobs and 10,000 regional jobs related to this development.

“Total Airport Services is really excited to be a part of this project,” stated Jack Evans, Chief Executive Officer for Total Airport Services. “We believe it will do great things for the City, for the airport, and aviation in general and will allow us to provide the kind of quality customer service that we have built our reputation on.”

TAS becomes Warehouse Service Provider for Cathay Pacific at EWR

Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey – Today, December 23, 2013, Cathay Pacific announced that TAS has been selected to be their warehouse service provider at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR).

“This adds a healthy boost to our operations in this highly competitive New York Region market,” said Mr. Greg Blackhall, TAS General Manager, EWR. “Cathay Pacific is a carrier with a long standing reputation for quality and TAS is a company that bases its business model on personalized, quality customer service. This shared emphasis on quality makes us perfect business partners," continued Blackhall.

EWR is the latest city in the TAS family to proudly provide services to Cathay Pacific. The B-777 Passenger service will commence on March 1st, 2014. Cargo volume is estimated at 3,000 tons annually and will require a 20% increase in manpower for EWR as Cathay Pacific adds another major gateway airport in the New York region.

Total Airport Services (TAS) Announces New Business

Simi Valley, California – TAS continues to add new contracts as yesterday it was formally announced that TAS picked up several new pieces of business.

In San Francisco, it was announced that Korean Air Cargo has selected TAS to be there warehouse service provider. “This is a contract we’ve been working on for several years,” said Mr. Denny Eichenbaum, TAS Vice President for Business Development, adding “Korean Airlines is one of those special carriers that really prides itself on quality, so it’s a real testament to San Francisco and to TAS to be awarded this contract.”

“This gives a big boost to our operations,” said Mr. Tom Henry, TAS General Manager in San Francisco. “We already handle Korean Airlines on the ramp, so now we have the complete package for them and this adds about 25 people to the staff,” continued Henry.

Korean Air Cargo moves over 1.5 million kilos through the warehouse each month, so TAS will be adding additional warehouse space to handle the volume. The new warehouse operations will begin January 1st, 2014.

In Chicago, Mr. Daniel Malinowski, Vice President of Business Development, was able to announce that TAS has added two new carriers to its growing list of customers. “We will now be handling Emirates aircraft as well as Southern Air Transport in Chicago,” said Malinowski. “Combined, that adds five freighters per week with possibly more to follow,” said Malinowski.

Even though the economy and the cargo market have been soft, the TAS Business Development efforts during this time are really starting to pay off. “Congratulations and thank you to the folks in Business Development and the entire TAS team for making this happen,” said Mr. Jack Evans, TAS CEO. “In the next 10 days, we’ve picked up an additional 22 charters in Chicago alone and we expect to be able to make another big announcement in the near future,” said Evans. Continuing, “It’s everyone pulling together and our Core Values, especially our commitment to quality results, that is really being noticed by the air carriers. So I would ask everyone to continue to pay attention to detail, keep it safe, and get it right during what promises to be a very busy holiday season and a promising 2014!”

TAS Receives Lufthansa's 2013 Customer Service Excellence Award

TAS U.S. Operations – June, 2013, Lufthansa Cargo recently presented Total Airport Services (TAS) with the 2013 Customer Service Excellence Award during their 2nd annual supplier forum hosted at Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is Lufthansa’s corporate location for the Americas and the site of the annual forum.

“Lufthansa has been a strategically important customer for TAS ever since 2006,” said Mr. Harry Hoge, TAS Vice President of Business Development. Adding, “It was 2006 when we were first awarded Lufthansa’s contract for their operation in Newark, New Jersey.” Hoge and Mr. Gerald Kolasch, TAS Chief Operating Officer represented TAS at the forum.

“Since 2006, TAS has grown its portfolio with Lufthansa Cargo,” said Kolasch, “and we currently handle them in three major markets: Newark, New Jersey; Los Angeles and San Francisco, California.” Kolasch also explained that “TAS has a similar vision to Lufthansa and that makes Lufthansa an ideal business partner. We both believe in increasing productivity and profitability by working smarter, not harder. This shared vision led to a successful transformation of Lufthansa’s operation at LAX as part of their LEAN program.”

“We’re extremely proud to have been awarded the 2013 Customer Service Excellence Award,” said Jack Evans, TAS CEO. “When you realize that we were competing against all of the major international ground handling companies to win this award,” continues Evans, “it really says something about the caliber of our people and the service we’re performing.”

Congratulations to everyone that supports Lufthansa throughout our three locations for this significant recognition!

TAS Wins New Contract in ORD

Chicago. Illinois – January 23rd, 2013 - Today, Cargolux announced that TAS has been selected to do the warehousing for Cargolux at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. This was a hard fought bid that required a total TAS effort, but special recognition goes to Gerald Kolasch, Harry Hoge, Daniel Malinowski, and Mario Navarro for winning this business. TAS already does the ground handling for Cargolux in ORD, meaning TAS will handle the total package for the carrier in Chicago.

TAS was not the low bidder, but the team was able to convince Cargolux that we are #1 on quality and that’s what they were looking for. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of Mario Navarro and his team in Chicago with Cathay Pacific, Cargolux was able to clearly see the difference between TAS and the competition in building #514 there in Chicago.

With its hub in Luxembourg, Cargolux flies about 9 aircraft per week into ORD including the new 747-8 aircraft. TAS expects to handle about 38 million kilos of cargo annually for this freighter only carrier. As with TAS, Cargolux lists flexibility as one of the carrier’s strongest assets. TAS expects to start handling the carrier’s warehouse activities beginning in late March.