ABM Receives UK Aviation Accreditation
ABM has been awarded in-flight supplier accreditation by the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as it strengthens its aviation offering following the opening a new, 2,000 SF international distribution centre (IDC) at Manchester Airport.
The IDC is the second of its kind for ABM, following the opening of the first centre at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2019, and is designed to strengthen its offering within the logistics sector.
The Manchester IDC extends ABM’s logistical support more widely across the UK and will support clients with inventory control and reporting with real-time view of stock levels, a warehouse management system, order processing and tracking and a dedicated pick and pack operation and team.
ABM is already supporting Virgin Atlantic with inflight services, storing and supplying goods to be used on board such as cleaning products, pillows, blankets and duvets.
Eddie Farrington, who has been appointed as Head of Logistics at the new centre and brings 19 years’ experience in retail, wholesale and distribution to his new role, comments: “This is an incredibly exciting moment in the ABM story. The London Heathrow and Manchester distribution centres mean we can now offer clients more automated logistics support across the UK.
“My experience coupled with ABM’s expert knowledge of airport operations gives us a unique position in the logistics market for aviation and beyond. The IDCs will offer import and export capabilities, national and international deliveries as well as screened airside deliveries so we’re well placed to support retailers and wholesalers as well as airlines and travel retail brands.”
With space at a premium in airport locations across the UK, retailers are facing significant challenges. The opening of the new centre allows ABM to offer secure, racked and freestanding palletised storage for inventory such as stock, gifts, testers and point of sale merchandise.
Anthony Bryant, manager, Aircraft Appearance and Cleaning for Virgin Atlantic, says: “The introduction of ABM’s IDC facility at Manchester Airport has streamlined delivery of on-board products for us. The CAA accreditation also means the goods no longer have to be delivered via a third party which means the number of times the products are handled is reduced.
“This is crucial for reassuring our passengers as we look to recover and relaunch our operation from Manchester Airport.”