Swissport Adopt Honeywell Connected Service to Improve Ground Operations at Airports
Swiss-based aviation services company providing airport ground and cargo handling services, Swissport recently announced they had signed a new five-year agreement with American multinational conglomerate Honeywell to deploy the GoDirect™ Groundservice throughout their worldwide operations.
The GoDirect™ Groundservice was created in conjunction with Pinnacle, a global telematics company and enables users to connect ramp support services used for airport-based ground transportation vehicles allowing ground handlers and airlines real-time insight into vehicle use and maintenance requirements.
Swissport International Vice President for Global Fleet, David Burgess explained, “Connected and software-driven technology is set to have a profound impact on the evolution of ground-handling, and we’re working with Honeywell to move the industry forward with the creation of the connected ramp. There are endless possibilities with this kind of solution,” he continued, “With more accessible data we can create a safer and more efficient ramp environment, drive better on-time performance and lower fuel and maintenance costs. Additionally, telematics will help us ‘right size’ our vast ground-support fleet through more efficient allocation and utilization, thereby reducing congestion and saving on long-term capital expenditure. We are confident that this approach will enhance our position as the industry’s leading ground handler.”
Honeywell Aerospace Vice President for Connected Aircraft, Kristin Slyker added, “GoDirect Ground software and services will enable ground handlers like Swissport to drive transformation creating next-generation efficiency, visibility, and cost savings,” Mr. Slyker further explained, “Savings on fuel and maintenance costs are just some of the initial benefits that this technology can deliver to ground handlers around the world. Ultimately, true integration of ground operations with airport and airline processes is now a real possibility driving even greater opportunities for the creation of value for everyone that flies.”
The initial contract between Swissport and Honeywell is for five-year master services agreement that could result in the GoDirect Ground solution being used across Swissport’s global operation base which spans 318 airports in more than 50 countries.