DUFL partners with ANA Mileage Club

Startup travel service DUFL said it has partnered with All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan´s largest airline, to enable millions of ANA Mileage Club members to earn miles when they use DUFL.

ANA Mileage Club members can earn a mile for every USD2 spent with DUFL and then use their miles for domestic or international flights, rental cars or for shopping at a wide range of stores, restaurants, hotels and much more worldwide.

DUFL is a premium travel service that functions as a personal valet; packing, cleaning and storing business attire and then shipping it to the user´s specified destination. When customers are gearing up for a business trip, they can use the DUFL app to select which clothes they want to bring from their virtual DUFL closet, enter a destination and arrival date and their professionally packed DUFL suitcase will be waiting at the hotel when the customer arrives.

When it´s time to go home, customers simply schedule a pickup via the app and leave the bag at the hotel´s front desk, traveling home bag-free. DUFL picks the bag up and delivers it to their secure warehouse, where the customer´s clothes will be inventoried, photographed, cleaned and stored in the customer´s virtual closet until they are ready for their next trip.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan by revenues and passenger numbers. Founded in 1952, ANA flies today on 73 international routes and 120 domestic routes. The ANA group has 35,000 employees and a fleet of 242 aircraft.

AirAsia ramps up flight safety, operational efficiency

Panasonic Avionics Corporation said it has been chosen by AirAsia to equip its aircraft with FlightLink®, its industry-leading aircraft tracking and flight deck communications system.

Additionally, Panasonic will be providing their new AirMap suite of products enabling Aeronautical Operation Control (AOC) fleet communications, management, and aircraft tracking.

FlightLink will be initially installed on 90 Airbus A320s to ensure the aircraft will be connected to the airline´s ground operations 24 hours a day.

Panasonic´s FlightLink uses Iridium´s global satellite-based communications system to support flight deck voice and data communication, as well as autonomous GPS-based flight tracking, in all areas AirAsia flies. Additionally, the system provides fully integrated data communications for the aircraft´s ACARS system and Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs).

As part of the overall solution, Panasonic has partnered in this offering with UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), which is supplying key enabling components to the EFB installation on these aircraft, including the onboard Aircraft Interface Device (AID), Tablet Interface Modules (TIM), and associated EFB mounting hardware and brackets.

Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a US corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. Headquartered in Lake Forest, California with over 4,100 employees and operations in 80 locations worldwide, it serves over 300 customers worldwide and provides IFEC systems on over 6,000 aircraft.

Liquid Web hires new CFO

Liquid Web, Inc. said it has hired executive Terry Flood as the company´s new chief financial officer.

The company has indicated that Flood will play an integral role in the plans for accelerated growth it has reported since receiving a significant investment from Madison Dearborn Partners and naming Jim Geiger as its new chief executive officer in June of 2015.

Flood, most recently, worked as a principal for Simafore, an Ann Arbor, MI-based big data analytics consultancy.

In other news, Liquid Web said that interim CFO, Jim Calandra, will remain with the company throughout the year, assisting with the transition and the company´s accelerated initiatives.

Liquid Web owns and operates three data centers located in Lansing, MI in addition to locations in Phoenix, AZ and Amsterdam, NL.

Pan Am International Flight approved to conduct ATP-CTP training on 737NG

Pan Am International Flight Academy said it has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training (ATP-CTP) on the B-737NG.

The company was approved in early August to conduct ATP-CTP training on the Airbus 320. This additional FAA approval makes Pan Am the only aviation training organization authorized to provide training on both platforms.

The six-day approved ATP-CTP program consists of 30 hours of academic training including: Aerodynamics, Meteorology, Air Carrier Operations, Leadership, CRM and Safety–and includes 10 hours of training and demonstration in either the A-320 or B-737 level D simulator respectively.

As the original training division of former Pan American World Airways, the company is one of the largest and most experienced educational aviation training organizations in the world, with several US, Europe and Asia locations and 60 full-motion flight simulators– and over 200 training courses for pilots, flight engineers, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, and flight attendants.

Digital Turbine prices common stock offering at USD1.57

Digital Turbine, Inc. (Nasdaq: APPS) said it has priced its public offering of 7,600,000 shares of common stock to the public at USD1.57 per share.

The net proceeds are expected to be approximately USD11.2 million, after deducting underwriting discounts. In addition, Digital Turbine has also granted the underwriter a 30-day option to purchase up to 1,140,000 additional shares of common stock.

The company expects to use the net proceeds from the offering for organic business opportunities, product development, general corporate purposes, working capital and capital expenditures.

B. Riley & Co., LLC is acting as the underwriter for the offering. The offering is expected to close on or about October 2, 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.

Digital Turbine works at the convergence of media and mobile communications, delivering end-to-end products and solutions for mobile operators, app advertisers, device OEMs and other third parties to enable them to effectively monetize mobile content and acquire higher value users.

Calspan Aerospace wins USD1.57m Navy contract

Calspan Aerospace said it has won a USD1.57 million contract with the US Navy to provide a next-generation Variable Stability System (VSS) for a US Naval Test Pilot School UH-60L Blackhawk helicopter.

The US Naval Test Pilot School (USNTPS) trains engineering test pilots, flight test officers, and flight test engineers to conduct test and evaluation at the Aircraft Division of the Naval Air Warfare Center. Graduating students use this expertise to work on aircraft and weapons systems, conduct flight tests and manage the introduction of new assets to the fleet.

The project involves the design, fabrication, and installation of a sensor suite, fly-by-wire VSS computer system, pilot and aircraft interfaces, safety trip and data recording systems on the UH-60L Blackhawk Helicopter. The modified aircraft will be used to expose students at the school to a myriad of helicopter handling quality characteristics, bringing classroom academics to life using a single airframe. The project is set to be conducted over the next six months at the Calspan Aerospace headquarters in Niagara Falls, NY.

The helicopter will become the third-generation variable stability H-60 to be used in the school´s training programs and the latest in a long line of variable stability fixed and rotary wing aircraft that Calspan has modified and operated over the last 70 years.

Calspan Aerospace operates its flight research and testing business at the Niagara Falls International Airport, in an 80,000 sq. ft. facility, which the company built in 2005. Calspan operates a fleet of eight airborne testbeds which are utilized for research, development, test and evaluation work as well as test pilot school training.

SafeBeyond launches posthumous message delivery platform

SafeBeyond said it has announced its official product launch.

SafeBeyond enables users to pre-record and share greetings, best wishes and fond memories that are to be opened or accessed at a later date upon milestones and special occasions.

With SafeBeyond, users can also carefully plan out their digital legacies, and dictate what will happen to their online and social media accounts once they have passed.

SafeBeyond is a free service and is currently available via mobile, tablet and desktop computers. iOS and Android device applications will be available in Fall 2015.

Established in 2014, SafeBeyond allows users to record or upload video, audio and written content to their accounts and store it in designated “virtual safes” from their desktop or mobile device for distribution to their loved ones at a particular time, date or place in the future.

DJJ Technologies collaborates on voice infrastructure

DJJ Technologies said it has announced its successful collaboration with MASS Communications and Net Access to offer the first completely private hosted voice infrastructure for telecom customers.

The new solution, called pCloud (or Private Cloud) is one of three offers in DJJ´s newly enhanced voice product portfolio, DJJEdge, which also includes traditional voice premises and hosted solutions. pCloud will allow DJJ to easily and rapidly implement a data center-based communication platform for its national base of customers.

DJJEdge offers different deployment options for companies from Premises-based: pure Hosted or Private Cloud (pCloud) solutions, which encompasses DJJ´s partnership with NetAccess and MASS Communications.

DJJ solutions connect to MASS Comm´s SIP Gateway providers for voice origination and termination services, and MASS also coordinates all last-mile local loop connectivity to the end-user locations. Net Access hosts and manages the Virtual Environment in their next-generation, Parsippany III data center.

Since 1992, DJJ Technologies has been a premier full service provider, specializing in best-of-breed solutions within the voice, video, data and support arena. It is a privately held company with primary corporate headquarters located on Long Island, New York and regional offices located in NYC, Arizona and Florida.

For enterprises and organizations who depend on the 24x7x365 availability of their vital IT infrastructure, Net Access provides a single source for technology services and solutions.

MASS Communications, a leading connectivity and telecom management provider, takes a consultative approach to deliver a full suite of voice, data, risk management and security solutions. Founded by engineering innovators, MASS designs custom networks with best-in-class carriers across an international footprint.

The Westin San Francisco Airport completes USD10m renovation

The Westin San Francisco Airport said it has completed an extensive USD10 million dollar renovation.

The new design combines relaxing yet invigorating elements creating an environment ideal for business and leisure travelers alike.

“The Westin San Francisco Airport has always been an important hotel to visitors and locals alike,” stated General Manager, Tom Scaramellino. “It was our goal to create a hotel which best served the needs of our many loyal and future social, leisure and corporate guests. We believe the well-planned space and thoughtful design achieved our ultimate goal of enhancing the overall guest experience.”

The hotel features a variety of dining options. The upgraded Runway Cafe is ideal for families on their way out to enjoy the sights as well as the business traveler on the go. The Cafe is a full service coffee bar offering both items prepared to order and freshly packaged meals for expedited service. The Grill & Vine Restaurant serves three meals daily.

Westin Hotels & Resorts is owned by Ultima Hospitality, the hotel investment and management division of Waterton Associates. Waterton is headquartered in Chicago with seven regional offices in the United States and currently manages over USD3.8 billion in real estate investments, including Ultima´s portfolio of 13 hotels.

Verizon's Secure Cloud available with Microsoft Azure

Verizon Enterprise Solution´s Secure Cloud Interconnect service will now offer Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) ExpressRoute for Office 365, Skype for Business and Microsoft Azure Government Cloud.

Verizon´s private networking option provides additional benefits and control to Azure, Office 365 and Skype for Business customers, including consumption-based bandwidth, pre-provisioned on-demand resources, controlled application performance and varying classes of service.

“Verizon´s Secure Cloud Interconnect is fast becoming the premier choice for enterprises that are shifting workloads into the cloud,” said Shawn Hakl, vice president of enterprise networking and innovation for Verizon. “Microsoft cloud users will find this solution delivers an unbeatable combination of security, resiliency, application performance, simplicity and efficiency, while enabling a wide range of applications and use cases.”

Azure uses Verizon´s Secure Cloud Interconnect to pre-provision wireless and IP data networking into the cloud service provider community to create a security-enhanced, high-performance environment.

In addition, Microsoft and Verizon´s interconnect service are built with redundant links to increase the reliability of the solution.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, employs a diverse workforce of 178,500 and generated more than USD127 billion in 2014 revenues.