New LED omnidirectional inset heliport light developed

Avlite Systems has introduced the all new LED inset heliport light that fully meets the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) Annex 14 – Volume II, the company said.

Heliports 2013 specifications and the FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) Engineering Brief 87.

The physical projection of the inset light above ground level does not exceed 10 mm, which, together with a smooth low profile outer surface, prevents any damage to the helicopter or any other vehicle tires. The advanced LED optics ensures optimum light output even in the worst weather conditions. The inset light can be mounted in either 5-inch shallow base can or 8-inch shallow base-can using an adapter ring.

Avlite´s LED Omnidirectional Inset heliport light is available in Solar, universal AC or DC power configurations. The inset light is available in either green or white with optional IR (infrared). The IR component is continuously on or switchable when integrated with an Avlite Lighting Control and Monitoring System (LCMS).

Avlite Systems provides turnkey solutions for defense, government, civil and humanitarian aid applications in the most remote, toughest environments.

Boeing, China Eastern Airlines order 15 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and China Eastern Airlines have finalized an order for 15 787-9 Dreamliners, the company said.

The order is valued at nearly USD4 billion at current list prices.

China Eastern plans to operate the new 787-9s on routes between China, North America and Europe, bolstering its competitiveness in the international long-haul market.

With growing air traffic demand, the carrier plans to increase frequencies on existing routes from Shanghai to Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Toronto, as well as their newly launched destination, Chicago. The routes are currently operated by the airline´s flagship 777-300ER airplane.

Headquartered in Shanghai, China Eastern Airlines is one of the three major airlines in mainland China. Flying a fleet of over 560 long-haul and short-haul airplanes with an average age of less than seven years, China Eastern serves nearly 100 million travelers annually and ranks the 7th largest carriers in the world in terms of passenger transportation volume.

JBT revenue up 18.7% YoY

JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT) reported revenue for the first quarter of 2016 increased 18.7 percent from the prior year, with organic growth of 3.6 percent, the company said.

Segment operating profit increased 27.0 percent year over year. Segment operating profit margin increased 67 basis points to 10.2 percent for the first quarter of 2016.

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was USD0.17 for the first quarter of 2016 versus USD0.27 in the first quarter of 2015. Excluding restructuring charges of USD7.2 million in the first quarter of 2016, adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations was USD0.34.

John Bean Technologies is a global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry with a focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. JBT designs, produces and services sophisticated products and systems for multi-national and regional customers through its JBT FoodTech segment.

JetSmarter offers New York-to-Hamptons helicopter service

JetSmarter helicopter service will offer free helicopter rides to its members traveling between Manhattan and the Hamptons starting on May 6, 2016, the company said.

The service will offer transfers to East Hampton, with Southampton service starting Memorial Day Weekend.

Each transfer will be on a new Bell 407 or a Bell 407-GX and can seat up to 6 passengers. Through JetSmarter´s membership program, which is USD9,675 annually along with a one-time USD3,500 initiation fee, the first seat on the Helicopter transfer is free, allowing members the opportunity to skip the Long Island traffic and head straight to the beach.

Reservations for the Helicopter service can be made through the JetSmarter app, available for iOS and Android devices.

JetSmarter is a mobile marketplace that offers instant pricing and availability for private jets worldwide. The application has decreased the entry price for consumers, and enables more to fly private.

Plug and Play launches insurance innovation platform

In partnership with founding partner Munich Re, Sompo Insurance, and USAA, Plug and Play is launching its newest program, Plug and Play Insurance, the company said.

This Innovation Platform is comprised of a network of industry leading reinsurers, insurance companies, brokers, and automakers built around a 12-week Silicon Valley based startup accelerator.

Plug and Play´s model brings together a roundtable of complementary partners to guide the direction of the program and help decide which startups are accepted. Twice per year, participating corporate partners gather to determine the scope of the current round, and this will then be used to source 850-1000 startup applications looking to innovate in the insurance industry.

Plug and Play has successfully launched Innovation Platforms in Brand & Retail, Financial Technology & Security, Connected Health, Internet of Things, Media, Travel & Hospitality, and New Materials & Packaging, and will look to replicate the success of their model in the Insurance industry.

The Insurance Innovation Platform is a 12-week program designed for early and growth-stage startups.

Plug and Play Tech Center is a global technology accelerator and venture fund.

Munich Re stands for exceptional solution-based expertise, consistent risk management, financial stability and client proximity.

The USAA family of companies provides insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 11.5 million current and former members of the US military and their families.

SkyWest net income nearly triples YoY

SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) has reported financial and operating results for the first quarter of 2016, including net income of USD27 million or USD0.52 per diluted share, up from net income of USD10 million or USD0.18 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2015, the company said.

Pre-tax income for the first quarter of 2016 was USD45 million compared to USD16 million in Q1 2015.

Operating income was USD62 million, or 8.1 percent in operating margin, for the first quarter of 2016, compared to USD34 million, or 4.5 percent in operating margin, in Q1 2015. The improvement in operating margin was primarily due to new aircraft added to profitable flying contracts, economic improvements from fleet transition and certain existing flying contracts, additional financial incentives earned through improved operating performance and a reduction in the number of aircraft operating under unprofitable or less-profitable flying contracts.

SkyWest is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company.

Yestime Partners with spoiled Media to drive revenue

Yestime has partnered with experiential based media company spoiled Media to offer added incremental revenue by surrounding events with pre and post event recommendations, the company said.

Along with driving more revenue, Yestime will also work with spoiled Media to share data in order to enhance insights regarding events and consumer mobile habits.

Founded in 2015, Yestime´s platform promotes early and on time attendance for events big and small, helping event organizers maximize early attendance at their events, and provides event recommendations for attendees.

A media company for the mobile and tech-first millennial generation, spoiled Media is creating a platform to connect creators, consumers, and companies with compelling content and native advertising. is a real-time scheduling and attendance mobile application that offers event producers and ticket sellers a solution to seamlessly drive additional revenue.

AppTweak ASO Startup Releases Multilingual Keyword Tool to Improve App Store Discoverability

AppTweak has launched a new version of its ASO platform and multilingual keyword tool, the company said.

AppTweak´s new formula includes a higher number of parameters (all weighted differently) to estimate the popularity of a keyword, which enables it to get closer to a precise indication.

The new keyword tool includes a section entirely dedicated to the simulation of the final keywords selection, after the keywords research, with a character counter for the app title, the iTunes keyword field and the Google Play short and long descriptions, but also giving the global KEI (Keyword Efficiency Index) of the selected keywords combined all together.

AppTweak empowers app developers and marketers with tools and techniques to improve their app store visibility, increase app rankings and drive organic downloads. The company, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium and founded in 2013 by Olivier Verdin and Sebastien Dellis, counts over 400 accounts in more than 40 countries, including Rocket Internet, FoodPanda, Zalando, Samsung, LinkedIn, Etsy, Merkle, RunKeeper, S4M, Foodora and more.

Global SuperTanker launches Spirit of John Muir

Global SuperTanker Services, LLC has launched its firefighting 747, the Spirit of John Muir.

This converted B747-400, a Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT), is the largest, fastest way to fight fires from the air.

The Spirit of John Muir is the world´s youngest VLAT, and has almost twice the capacity of the next biggest aerial tanker. The John Muir is capable of delivering single or multiple drops of nearly 20,000 gallons of water or fire retardant, either of which can be released at variable rates, producing a tailored response to the firefighting need.

The Spirit of John Muir´s firefighting scope isn´t limited to the US: from Colorado Springs, the plane can fly anywhere in the world in under 20 hours.

Global SuperTanker is owned by Cyterna Air, LLC, a portfolio company within a private equity fund managed by Alterna Capital Partners LLC. Alterna manages over USD1.2 billion in capital for institutional investors. Their partners and team have extensive experience in building, operating, and managing large capital assets such as power plants, ships, industrial facilities, and commercial aircraft around the world.

MTS enters tower infrastructure market

Russia-based telecommunications operator Mobile TeleSystems PJSC MTS (NYSE: MBT, MOEX: MTSS) is entering the tower infrastructure market, the company said.

MTS has devised a strategy for the development of its own infrastructure of mobile communications towers, which, among other things, creates a new business direction of managing existing tower infrastructure.

In addition to renting space on towers and antenna support structures, as MTS is one of the largest owners of fiber-optic communication lines in Russia, all potential tenants will benefit from the possibility to rent appropriate communication channels.

At the first stage of its implementation, MTS offers for rent space at more than 5.5 thousand existing towers and antenna support structures. The towers and antenna support structures available for rent are ready for the installation of telecommunications and other type of equipment from all would-be partners.

Mobile TeleSystems PJSC provides wireless Internet access and fixed voice, broadband and pay-TV to over 100 million customers throughout Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Belarus.