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Swissport Executive to open new facilities at Nice Airport

Nice-Zurich-Houston, November 29th, 2000 - Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., a 40-year veteran in providing flight support services to corporate aviation and Swissport International Ltd., the global leader of ground handling services will operate a new ground handling facility in Nice, France. Effective February 1st, 2001, the two companies will manage Swissport Executive, a facility specifically targeted for private and business aircraft at the Cote d'Azur Airport (LFMN) in Nice, France.


As an affiliate of Universal's Worldwide Service Network, Swissport Executive Nice will offer operators flying into the city a choice for private aircraft handling agents and will deliver a full range of customized services with quality as a primary initiative.


Nadhem Tounsi, former Operations Manager for Universal's office at Le Bourget Airport, Paris, (voted one of Europe's top ten FBOs) will manage the new Swissport Executive operations at Nice. Mr. Tounsi brings with him 10 years business aviation experience, is multi lingual and speaks Arabic, enabling him to clearly communicate with the high volume of international clientele.


"I am extremely excited about this new facility and the opportunities that exist with working with such a world class organization," stated Tounsi. "Nice is a growing commercial airport and the new Swissport Executive team will be ensuring that business aircraft passengers get to and from their aircraft as quickly as possible in comfort and style. Dedicated Swissport Executive professionals will guarantee all crews post-arrival and pre-departure needs are met quickly and accurately."


From the first day of operation, the Swissport Executive Nice facility will have the necessary staff and equipment to meet the needs of all sizes of business aircraft including the B747.


"This joint venture gives Swissport the unique opportunity to enter the fast growing and extremely interesting market of business and leisure related flight operations. Nice is a significant first step and further stations focusing on business travel will follow,” explains Joseph In Albon, CEO Swissport International Ltd.


Jonathan Howells, Universal Weather and Aviation Head of Marketing for Europe, Middle East and Africa, is confident the global status of Swissport International will complement Universal's reputation for providing first-rate flight support services. "We are delighted to work with the Swissport Executive team. Universal already supports many clients operating to the Cote d'Azur for business and pleasure. We have no doubt Swissport Executive will quickly bring a new style, an enhanced level of quality services and customer satisfaction for operators flying to Nice."


Currently, Swissport operates worldwide at more than 120 airports in 24 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, and the United States. In 1999, it served more than 53 million passengers, provided ramp handling for over 1,400,000 aircraft and over 400 airlines, and handled 890,000 metric tons of cargo.


Pioneers of international flight support services for corporate aviation since 1959, Universal Weather and Aviation, based in Houston, Texas, provides worldwide weather forecasting, flight

planning/coordination/following, discount crew accommodations, the UVair® Contract Fuel Program, Worldwide Service Network, FlightPak® scheduling software, UVdatalink® air-to-ground communications and UVflightplanner.comsm computerized weather and flight planning.


For more information concerning Swissport International Ltd. or Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., visit www.swissport.com/ or www.universalweather.com or www.swissport-executive.com



 

 

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