Alaska Airlines to launch service between Seattle, San Luis Obispo

Alaska Airlines has plans to launch daily, nonstop service between Seattle and San Luis Obispo, California, beginning April 13, 2017, the company said.

Located just south of the city of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport serves travelers from as far north as Southern Monterey County and as far south as Northern Santa Barbara County.

The year-round service will be operated by SkyWest Airlines using Embraer E175 jets, featuring 12 seats in first class, 12 seats in Preferred Plus and 52 seats in the main cabin.

Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 32 million customers a year to more than 110 cities with an average of 970 daily flights throughout the United States, including Hawaii, Canada Costa Rica and Mexico.

Navitaire granted IATA NDC certification

Navitaire has been awarded level three new distribution capability (NDC) certification–the highest certification possible for IT providers–from International Air Transport Association (IATA), the company said.

By achieving the top-tier designation, Navitaire and its advanced reservation, merchandizing and digital solutions have been recognized for their ability and compliance with the NDC XML-based set of standards put forth by IATA as the wave of the future.

The status recognizes that Navitaire supports deployments using offer and order management messages whose schemas are compliant with the standard NDC message schema, version 1.1.3.

The Navitaire NDC Gateway serves as a communication and translation layer between the NDC XML schemas and the New Skies reservations system core. This enables clients to build on New Skies´ sales and ancillary capabilities.

New Skies is a comprehensive airline passenger sales and management solution providing integrated Internet sales, mobile booking and check-in, ancillary revenue-generation, day of departure and real-time reporting capabilities.

New Distribution Capability (NDC) is a travel industry-supported program launched by IATA for the development and market adoption of a new, XML-based data transmission standard that will enable retailing opportunities through indirect channels, such as the GDS and travel agents.

Brexit presents opportunity for UAE Airlines

UAE airlines has speculated it might get more access to the UK market in the wake of the Brexit decision announced on June 24, the company said.

UAE carriers operate more than 168 flights a week to UK and around 920 flights per week to European destinations.

Despite the UK opting to leave the EU, there won´t be any immediate change to any off the air service accords between the UK and UAE, according to a senior aviation journalist. Chief analyst at London´s StrategicAero Research Saj Ahmad said around two years will be required to formalise the UK´s exit from the EU, so until then things will carry on as they have done as usual.

Emirates operates 126 weekly flights to the UK. The Dubai-based carrier has deployed superjumbo A380s for a majority of its flights to London. The airline operates a total of 514 flights a week to European countries. Etihad Airways operates 42 flights a week to the UK including 21 weekly flights to London. The Abu Dhabi carrier operates a total of 344 flights per week to Europe. Carrier flydubai doesn´t operate flights to the UK but it operates a total of 49 weekly flights to European countries. Air Arabia also operates daily flights to Istanbul in Turkey and Kiev in Ukraine.

Procera Networks joins Wireless Broadband Alliance

Procera Networks has become a member of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) in order to better participate in the discussion around ensuring high quality experience on WI-Fi networks for consumers, the company said.

Wireless Broadband said as consumer data demand continues to grow, network operators find themselves increasingly turning toward universal wireless connectivity to help meet expectations.

The WBA brings together operators, vendors, and influencers from across the telecoms sector to drive the adoption of wireless broadband around the globe. The leading industry body also champions the development of these services and supporting the advancement of subscriber experience management for wireless broadband across the board.

Founded in 2003, the WBA has over 130 members including major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable.

Procera Networks has become a subscriber and network intelligence provider, helping operators monitor, manage, and monetize network traffic.

Bombardier, Air Canada finalize purchase agreement for 45 CS300 aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (TSC: BBD) and Air Canada have finalized a firm purchase agreement consistent with the letter of intent (LOI) announced in February 2016, which includes a firm order for 45 CS300 aircraft and options for an additional 30 CS300 aircraft, the companies said.

Deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2019 and extend to 2022. At list price, the firm order for 45 CS300 aircraft is valued at approximately USD3.8 billion. This amount would increase to USD6.3 billion should Air Canada exercise all 30 option aircraft.

The C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a new design that offers operators up to USD13 million extra value per aircraft.

Bombardier is a manufacturer of both planes and trains. Bombardier is headquartered in Montreal, Canada. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, the company posted revenues of USD18.2 billion.

Air Canada is a large Canadian domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents. The airline served more than 41 million customers in 2015. Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 55 in the United States and 87 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.

Plain Dealer names DCT Telecom a workplaces award winner

DCT Telecom Group, Inc. (DCT), a Cleveland-based Internet service provider (ISP) in business class cloud, data and voice solutions, has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The Plain Dealer for the second consecutive year, the company said.

The Plain Dealer recognized 137 companies and organizations in Northeast Ohio as 2016 top workplaces. The awards are determined based solely on employee feedback through a survey administered independently by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement.

DCT Telecom Group delivers telephony services and support to business customers both domestically and internationally. The company assists businesses with the configuration, implementation and management of customized cloud, hosted PBX, data and voice solutions.

WorkplaceDynamics specializes in employee feedback surveys and workplace improvement.

Ohio governor signs bill renaming Port Columbus Airport in honor of John Glenn

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed Senate Bill 159 changing the name of Port Columbus International Airport to John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the city said.

In a gesture of bipartisan cooperation, the Republican-dominated Ohio House and Senate approved a bill in late May, adding 94-year-old Democrat Glenn´s name to Port Columbus International Airport.

Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth in 1962, and was a member of NASA´s Mercury Seven crew that led the US into space. With Scott Carpenter´s death in 2013, he became the crew´s last surviving member.

Raised in New Concord, Ohio, Glenn flew 59 combat missions during World War II and 63 ground support missions during the Korean War.

He was elected to the US Senate in 1974, serving until 1999. Glenn returned to space in 1998, at age 77.

ZVRS selects Dialogic Media Server for video relay, translation

Dialogic´s PowerMedia XMS software media server has been selected by ZVRS as part of its latest video relay and translation service offering, the company said.

ZVRS uses Dialogic´s PowerMedia XMS technology to provide a solution that supports a broad range of legacy devices and any-to-any video capabilities with its flagship Z70 videophone.

ZVRS selected Dialogic´s solution to facilitate a release of Z70 that met its stringent requirements for legacy device support (H.263 and H.264) with video and any-to-any video capabilities including SIP support. ZVRS solutions provide video relay and interpreting services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals in federal agencies, state government, and large enterprise on a 24x7x365 basis with over 500 American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters.

The PowerMedia XMS solution used by ZVRS is a scalable, software only media server that enables standards-based, real-time multimedia communications for a broad range of applications on premise, or in the cloud.

ZVRS is a provider of worldwide video communication service for deaf and hard of hearing individuals.

CSDVRS, LLC (dba ZVRS), is a pioneer in video relay services (VRS) providing 24/7 availability, video mail and mobile videophone solutions for both Android and iOS smartphones and tablets.

Dialogic is a cloud-optimized applications and infrastructure solutions provider for service providers, enterprises, and developers.

Actiontec launches wireless interactive digital whiteboard

Actiontec Electronics has launched ScreenBeam Touch 90–a wireless interactive digital whiteboard, using the wireless display capabilities of Windows 10 Continuum, Touch 90 to connect wirelessly students, teachers, trainers and businesspeople to the whiteboard, the company said.

The Touch 90 is both a shared screen and a fully functional whiteboard. It transforms collaboration by first removing the physical limitations of sharing a single whiteboard, and then by removing the wires from the equation. Now, all collaborators on Windows 10 devices can connect to the Touch 90 to share additions and edits to whiteboard material as well as view and save input to the whiteboard on their individual screens, in real-time.

Actiontec Electronics develops broadband-powered solutions that connect people to the Internet, applications, and content they care about. The company´s products include gigabit ethernet fiber routers, high speed VDSL gateways, industry-leading Wi-Fi technology, wireless display solutions, and home networking products.

500th KOR-24A STT in production by ViaSat

ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a provider of on-ground or in-flight communications, has delivered its 500th production of KOR-24A small tactical terminal (STT), the company said.

This milestone was achieved as ViaSat reached a steady state production rate in excess of 20 terminals per month with a stair-step approach that is expected to produce 40 units per month by the end of the calendar year.

ViaSat´s STT has been in operational service with US and international militaries for five years and has exceeded 1,000,000 operational flight hours in Link 16 networks to date. The STT provides direct Link 16 interoperability among traditional and edge users in combat and between and among US and allied nations. Currently, the STT is in service on a wide variety of fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft across all military services and special operations forces as well as small maritime craft, deployable command and control stations and expeditionary gateways. It is also in service with a number of international coalition partners in ground and air applications.

The STT is a two-channel radio designed to meet the needs of users who have size, weight and power (SWaP) constraints, but also need simultaneous access to Link 16 and either wideband UHF or legacy VHF/UHF. Having both channels in one terminal enables users to consume tactical information from a ground network, such as the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) or Soldier Radio Waveform (SRW), and pass that information over to Link 16 and vice versa, creating an improved situational awareness and a common operational picture between air and ground forces.

ViaSat is a global broadband services and technology company that ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access whether on the ground or in-flight.