Air Transport World recognizes DFW Airport as 2019 Global Airport of the Year

Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport has announced Air Transport World (ATW) has recognized it as the 2019 Airport of the Year, the company said.

The honor recognizes DFW´s innovation in providing a world-class customer experience, global leadership in sustainability, cost effective and efficient operations, excellent partnership with airlines, and collaboration with local communities to further develop the economic benefits of aviation in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

For 45 years, the ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards have recognized the best businesses and people in aviation. DFW joins an exclusive list of global gateway airports that have recently won Airport of the Year, including Hong Kong International Airport, London Heathrow and Singapore-Changi Airport.

Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport welcomes more than 69 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world. Customers can choose among 182 domestic and 62 international nonstop destinations worldwide.
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Air Transport World (ATW) is the leading media brand serving the global airline and commercial air transport industry for more than 50 years.

Lockheed Martin selects Collins Aerospace for X-59 QueSST demonstrator aircraft

Collins Aerospace has announced it has been selected by Lockheed Martin to provide avionics for the new X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft, the company said.

The X-59 is being developed by Lockheed Martin for NASA to collect data that could make supersonic commercial travel over land possible through low sonic boom technology. Collins Aerospace is a business unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Collins will provide developmental engineering support to tailor its Pro Line Fusion avionics to the specific requirements of the X-59. By jointly developing software applications, Lockheed Martin will receive an optimized solution that will also include Collins´ touchscreen primary flight displays with tailored multi-function windows, head-up display (HUD) symbology, synthetic vision, ARC-210 communication radios, and a suite of navigation and surveillance equipment.

Collins Aerospace, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry.

United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries.

SLS Baha Mar partners with private jet company JetSmarter

Bahamas-based resort SLS Baha Mar has announced it has partnered with JetSmarter, the world´s largest private aviation community, for an exclusive inaugural offer at the luxury lifestyle resort, the company said.

During the weekends of January 25-27, February 1-3 and February 8-10, JetSmarter guests who book a round-trip from South Florida or New York to Nassau will receive a complimentary two-night stay at SLS Baha Mar in a spacious suite.

Baha Mar is a master planned USD 4.2 billion integrated resort development operated by Hong Kong-based conglomerate Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited (CTFE).

JetSmarter is a global community of fliers that prefer an elevated travel experience. Using a sharing economy model, JetSmarter gives users the unlimited ability to create flights on-demand or book individual seats on flights created by fellow fliers, saving thousands compared to traditional private travel.

Gulfstream G280 sets record on Savannah/Van Nuys flight using renewable fuel

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. has announced it has used sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to power a record-breaking flight by its super-midsize Gulfstream G280 aircraft, the company said.

The Savannah-to-Van Nuys, California, journey covered 2,243 nautical miles/4,154 kilometers in 4 hours and 49 minutes at an average speed of Mach 0.85. Flying through headwinds averaging 76 knots, the G280 demonstrated the aircraft´s continued high performance with SAJF.

By mid-2019, Gulfstream expects to offer SAJF to customers using the company´s Long Beach facility. It also plans to use SAJF for its large-cabin completion flights departing from Long Beach Airport.

Gulfstream has used a 30/70 blend of low-carbon, drop-in SAJF and Jet-A in daily operations at its Savannah headquarters since 2016.

The Federal Aviation Administration has confirmed SAJF is safe to use. It is chemically equivalent to conventional Jet-A and offers the same performance and safety standards. Each gallon of fuel burned achieves more than a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, relative to petroleum-based jet fuel, on a lifecycle basis.

Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), designs, develops, manufactures, markets, services and supports the world´s most technologically advanced business-jet aircraft.

Trend Micro's telecom security solution gets VMware-ready certification

Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global provider of cybersecurity solutions, has announced that its telecom IoT security solution, Virtual Network Function Suite (VNFS), has been certified as VMware Ready, the company said.

This designation verifies the compatibility of the Trend Micro solution to secure modern networks that are built to support 5G and Internet of Things (IoT).

Certification by VMware allows communications service providers who prefer or have already adopted VMware vCloud NFV to easily add network security services from Trend Micro. Those who are interested in the Trend Micro solution but haven´t virtualized their networks yet will find it much easier to set up an evaluation environment with VMware vCloud NFV.

Telecom providers are expected to offer highly reliable networks that can support the extra load from an increasing volume of corporate and consumer smart devices, while also keeping their business and home users safe. The fact that Trend Micro blocked more than 20.4 billion threats to both in the first half of 2018 reinforces that it is ideal for this environment.

The Trend Micro VNFS contains a fully virtualized set of network functions that sits on the carrier network, applying URL filtering, application control, intrusion prevention and IoT reputation services. It leverages Trend Micro´s global threat intelligence platform, the Smart Protection Networkâ„¢, which blocks 65 billion threats per year for customers.

The Trend Micro solution supports next-gen NFV networks by enabling security resources to be dynamically allocated and configured for different services as they scale up and down to meet varied traffic demands. It utilizes the data plane development kit for high-speed packet processing, ensuring outstanding performance.

Trend Micro Incorporated, a global provider of cybersecurity solutions, helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. For more information, visit www.trendmicro.com.

Aerkomm completes 1-for-5 reverse stock split

Aerkomm Inc.(OTCQX: AKOM), a California-based a provider of in-flight broadband entertainment and connectivity solutions, has announced that the company has completed a 1-for-5 reverse stock split of its issued and outstanding shares of common stock, the company said.

The Reverse Split was approved by the Board of Directors of the Company without stockholder approval, in accordance with the authority conferred by Section 78.207 of the Nevada Revised Statutes. The Certificate of Change also decreased the authorized number of shares of the Company´s common stock from 450,000,000 shares to 90,000,000 shares.

Aerkomm Inc. (OTCQX: AKOM), operating through its wholly owned subsidiary, Aircom Pacific, Inc., is a development stage service provider of in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions for the airline industry.

AppDirect study finds 86% of executives believe platforms are key for digital transformation

AppDirect, the only end-to-end commerce platform for succeeding in the digital economy, has revealed that nearly eight in 10 (79 percent) companies are in the process of digital transformation, but the vast majority, 90 percent, are facing significant obstacles to success, the company said.

The new AppDirect Digital Economy Report finds that the most common challenges include investing in technology that enables seamless commerce, faced by 55 percent of companies, and integrating with third-party applications and services, faced by 51 percent.

In order to overcome these challenges, companies are turning to digital platforms and ecosystems. In fact, the report finds that 86 percent of executives say platforms are the key differentiator for success, while 68 percent say that ecosystems are the only way to innovate quickly to meet customer demands.

The report also reveals that companies with a digital leader are significantly more likely to be agile and be able to respond to market changes (77 percent, compared to 38 percent of those who do not have a digital leader).

AppDirect provides the only end-to-end cloud commerce platform for succeeding in the digital economy. The AppDirect ecosystem connects channels, developers, and customers through its platform to simplify the digital supply chain by enabling the onboarding and sale of products with third-party services, for any channel, on any device, with support. Powering millions of cloud subscriptions worldwide, AppDirect helps organizations, including Jaguar Land Rover, Comcast, ADP, and Deutsche Telekom connect their customers to the solutions they need to reach their full potential in the digital economy.

SevOne to provide network performance visibility for BT customers

SevOne, a provider of network and infrastructure management solutions, has announced that British Telecom (BT) has selected the SevOne Data Platform for next generation performance management to accelerate the execution of their digital transformation strategy, the company said.

The SevOne Data Platform simplifies the extraction, enrichment and analysis of network and machine data from across multi-vendor environments, providing users with the capability to collect performance at scale and provide actionable events based on automatic, abnormal condition detection.

BT selected the SevOne Data Platform to provide its service teams with a single, real-time view of the health of their customers´ networks. Featuring real-time monitoring and reporting capabilities, the platform supports the latest software defined network (SDN) technologies, Enterprise WiFi and multi-vendor software defined wide area network (SD-WAN) architectures. BT´s service teams will use this live stream of information to rapidly detect and help resolve issues emerging on customers´ networks, minimizing costly downtime and disruption.

SevOne provides the comprehensive, flexible, and scalable network and infrastructure management capabilities that large organizations need to make smooth transitions from physical to virtual networking environments. Its cloud-based SevOne Data Platform simplifies the extraction, enrichment and analysis of network and machine data from across multi-vendor environments using several pre-built solutions based on the SevOne Data Platform, including offerings specifically designed to solve SD-WAN, SDN, NFV and enterprise Wi-Fi challenges. SevOne is privately held and is headquartered in Boston, Mass. For more information visit www.sevone.com and follow the company on Twitter @SevOneInc.

Ethiopian Airlines adds 30 WheelTug systems to Boeing 737s

WheelTug plc, an aviation electric taxi innovator, has announced it has an agreement with Africa´s largest air carrier Ethiopian Airlines, to allocate 30 WheelTug systems to Ethiopian´s Boeing 737 fleet, the company said.

This agreement raises the number of assigned WheelTug slots to almost 1,300 aircraft across more than two dozen airlines worldwide.

The WheelTug system consists of high-performance electric motors powered by the aircraft´s auxiliary power unit, installed in the nose gear wheels of the aircraft. Pilots gain full maneuverability and greater autonomy on the ground; they can carry out pushback and taxi operations without relying on tow tractors or the aircraft´s jet engines.

Ethiopian will be able to reduce its costs and improve its system-wide performance through fleet utilization gains and more dependable departures. The carrier will spend less on maintenance expenses and its aircraft will retain greater value.

Ethiopian Airlines is the fastest growing airline in Africa. In its 70-plus years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent´s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success.

Gibraltar-based WheelTug plc is developing the WheelTug aircraft electric drive system.

New location finder widgets enable multi-locations brands to enhance landing pages

MomentFeed, the provider of mobile consumer experience management for multi-location brands, has made it easier than ever for multi-location brands to build and maintain accurate landing pages representing their physical store locations, the company said.

With the launch of Location Finder Templates and Widgets, MomentFeed is providing multi-location brands and digital agencies with simple, elegant and SEO-ready components that can be used to enhance and build their own ´local landing pages´. Fueled by MomentFeed´s own location data assets, brands can choose from multiple templates and content widgets to provide location-specific content to engage and convert online consumers to customers.

MomentFeed Location Finder is a best-of-breed solution that boosts SEO to ensure consumers receive the most relevant information to call, visit or navigate to a local store, restaurant or branch. Widgets, Templates and Custom Pages provide three distinct options for multi-location brands looking to maintain and harness the power of local landing pages to improve SEO and create a great user experience at scale.

MomentFeed´s mobile consumer experience management software enables multi-location brands to make their nearest location the best choice for every mobile consumer. The Mobile Consumer Experience (MCX) management platform helps organizations manage consumer engagement at the store or field level, creating a mobile consumer experience that is more authentic, relevant and engaging for local consumers and directly drives in-store foot traffic across multiple channels, providing marketing attribution for each channel. For more information visit www.momentfeed.com.