Horizon Air Charter expands to Horizon Air Group

Horizon Air Charter has expanded its service offerings with whole aircraft sales and acquisitions, operating under the newly formed Horizon Air Group umbrella, the company said.

With this expansion, Horizon Air Group said it offers a full spectrum of aviation services, including aircraft charters, aircraft sales and acquisitions, private aircraft management, and aviation consulting.

Horizon Air Group´s flyNEXT and flyCORP programs, which provide access to luxury flights at clients´ and corporations´ convenience, said it plans to expand operations in aircraft management and maintenance.

Horizon Air Group offers air charter services, aircraft sales and acquisition services, private aviation management, and aviation consultation services.

Acronis delivers broad data protection for apps, data in Microsoft environments

Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, has delivered its new hybrid backup cloud extension for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack, enabling Microsoft cloud service providers (CSP) to provision and manage backup services, the company said.

The company said small and medium-sized businesses face new challenges in data protection, including increases in data volume, digital processes and mobile workers and cyber threats.

Acronis´ backup cloud extension provides broad protection in Microsoft environments, including across cloud and on-premises datacenters, physical and virtual machines, and mobile devices. Acronis also enables Microsoft CSPs to backup Azure virtual machines (Linux or Windows), and protect new Azure virtual machines.

Acronis provides hybrid cloud data protection through its backup, cloud storage, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Acronis protects the data of over five million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 145 countries.

Embraer delivers 26 commercial, 26 executive jets in Q2 2016

During the second quarter of 2016 (2Q16), Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) (BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) has delivered 26 jets to the commercial aviation market and the same number to the business aviation market in the second quarter 2016, the company said.

Of the 26 jets delivered to the business aviation market, 23 were light jets and three were large jets. On June 30 2016, Embraer´s firm order backlog totaled USD 21.9 billion.

The company´s Q2 2016 main highlight was the first flight of the E190-E2, the first model of the second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial jets. The flight occurred on May 23, just three months after the E190-E2 made its public debut at a rollout ceremony at the factory in late February, and before the date originally scheduled.

Also during the quarter, Embraer and Horizon Air signed a firm order for 30 E175 jets, with options for another 33 aircraft of the same model. The value of the contract is USD 2.8 billion, based on current list prices, if all the options are exercised.

Other highlights included the debut of the E190 jet in Japan with J-AIR, a subsidiary of leading carrier Japan Airlines, bringing the number of E-Jets operating across Japan to 28, and the E-Jets debut in Portugal, with TAP, under the TAP Express brand.

In business aviation, the company deals with Across, Mexico´s business aviation services provider, which signed a firm order for 23 business jets.

Thinklogical signs agreement with NATO Communications

Thinklogical has signed a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) with the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) to accelerate the acquisition process for securing KVM, VDS signal extension and switching equipment, the company said.

The company said the aim of the BOA procurement procedure is to provide NATO host nations with an accelerated acquisition method for COTS (commercial-off-the-shelf) products and services.

Thinklogical offers fiber-optic KVM and VDS, enabling multi-domain isolation, restricted switching and partitioning of video and data through a single system, simplifying management of multiple classifications of information, reducing command and control AV and IT infrastructure requirements, improving data security and lowering total overall cost of ownership.

Thinklogical is a global manufacturer of KVM signal extension and switching systems for video applications.

drupe Mobile raises USD3m investment from Candy Crush founders

drupe Mobile has raised a USD3 million funding round from Canaan Partners Israel and Sweet Capital, founded by the King Digital Entertainment (Candy Crush) founders, the company said.

The drupe app is a people-centric app that works as an overlay layer focused on a user´s contacts, allowing users to drag and drop contacts with one swipe in order to communicate.

drupe Mobile was founded by Barak Witkowski and Assaf Ziv, who bring technological and managerial experience from companies like Modu Mobile, Broadcom Corp. and Intel. The company has previously raised USD1.0 million seed round from Yigal Jacoby, Curios Minds, TMT investments and private investors.

Boeing, Xiamen Airlines sign MOU for 737 MAX 200s

Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Xiamen Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase of up to 30 737 MAX 200 airplanes, valued at up to USD3.39 billion at current list prices, the companies said.

Xiamen, already a 737 MAX customer, sees the MAX 200 as a fit for its low cost subsidiaries, including Jiangxi Airlines and Hebei Airlines.

Both parties said they will work closely to finalize the agreement, which requires the approval of Xiamen Airlines board and the China Southern Airline Group board, as well as the Chinese Government.

Xiamen Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet of more than 140 airplanes including six 787 Dreamliners, 130 Next-Generation 737s and four 757s. The carrier plans to grow its operational fleet to 200 airplanes by the end of the decade and looks to expand regionally with the new 737 MAX.

Xiamen-based Xiamen Airlines is a stated-owned subsidiary of China Southern Airlines.

GE, Microsoft partner to bring Predix to Azure

GE (NYSE: GE) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) have partnered to bring GE´s Predix platform for industrial Internet to the Microsoft Azure cloud, the companies said.

The move marks a step in a collaboration between the two companies, which will allow customers to capture intelligence from their industrial assets and take advantage of Microsoft´s enterprise cloud applications.

According to Gartner, 6.4 billion connected things are expected to be in use worldwide this year, and that number is predicted to climb to more than 20 billion by 2020, presenting opportunities for companies to drive their own digital transformation.

GE and Microsoft said they plan to integrate Predix with Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite along with Microsoft business applications, in order to connect industrial data with business processes and analytics.

GE (NYSE: GE) is a digital industrial company, offering software-defined machines and solutions.

Microsoft is a platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world.

UTC Aerospace adopts use of mobile app for operations

UTC Aerospace Systems has provided pilots with the ability to adjust aircraft operations in real time with its OpsInsight app, which provides aircraft data and analytics, the company said.

The company said the mobile app enables pilots to access intelligent analytics wherever they are, adjusting aircraft operations based on real-time data. By providing immediate access to live data, OpsInsight can lead to cost and time savings for airlines by increasing the opportunity for improved fuel consumption, on-time departures and arrivals, and the elimination of paper-based processes.

OpsInsight is part of a suite of applications that UTC Aerospace Systems developed for its Aircraft Interface Device (AID) and Tablet Interface Module (TIM).

OpsInsight, the latest application in the company´s suite, will soon undergo in-flight trials with other airlines to complete functionality testing of the app as an end-to-end solution by connecting UTC Aerospace Systems´ aircraft data management (ADM) system and OpsInsight with airline back-office information technology and management systems.

UTC Aerospace Systems, a division of United Technologies Corp (NYSE: UTX) designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries.

VP of global sales appointed at CallVU

Amitai Ratzon has been named vice president of global sales at CallVU, a mobile digital engagement company for financial institutions, telecommunication and contact center operators, the company said.

Ratzon joins CallVU from Earnix, where he served as vice president of sales since 2012, selling pricing optimization solutions into large banks and insurance companies.

CallVU is a fintech company that has developed a mobile digital engagement platform, which combines digital and interactive media with the voice channel.

Honeywell, Israel Aerospace to demonstrate new capabilities for UAS

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has partnered with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) to jointly develop a sense-and-avoid capability for IAI´s Heron family of unmanned aerial systems (UASs), the company said.

Selected for funding from the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, the system will be demonstrated for the first time on the Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance (MALE) UAS platform in 2018.

The demonstrations and flight tests planned for mid-2018 will be conducted on the IAI Heron 1 UAS, with flight testing in Israeli airspace. Both companies plan for the full sense-and-avoid solution to be integrated into the Heron family of MALE UASs.

The system concept includes Honeywell-developed software, algorithms, hardware and the fusion of inputs from various sensors embedded in a single prototype box or line-replaceable unit (LRU). It will show improved situational awareness through the tracking of other nearby aircraft, allowing for IAI´s collision avoidance maneuvering logic to alert the UAS and suggest alternate flight maneuvers.

Honeywell is a diversified technology and manufacturing company offering aerospace products and services, control technologies, turbochargers and performance materials.