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TIA AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE SHOP OPENS

A new commercial aircraft maintenance operation started quietly last month at Tampa International Airport. Global Aviation Holdings took over the old Emery Air Freight facility. Global is the largest charter carrier for the U.S. military and owns North American Airlines and World Airways. Global moved overnight maintenance for North American from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Tampa, creating 43 local jobs. The company has contracted with two businesses already at TIA. Pemco World Air Services will perform heavy maintenance on Global's jets. LSG Sky Chefs will provide meals to transport crews and planes picking up passengers at other locations.

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TIA will get new aircraft servicer

Signature Flight Support lost its bid Thursday to remain as a fixed-base operator that services private aircraft at Tampa International Airport. The airport board supported a staff recommendation to award a 20-year contract to Landmark Aviation based on an evaluation Signature president S. Michael Scheeringa called "highly subjective." The issue wasn't money. Whichever company won would pay $742,261 annually to rent land at TIA and $813,045 for building rent. Landmark nosed out Signature with higher scores for its business plan, management experience and customer service marketing plan. County commissioner and airport board member Victor Crist said he liked Landmark's energy and thought the company "takes us to the next level."

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