Concur, American Airlines partner with Triplink

Concur has partnered with TripLink and American Airlines to enable mutual customers to capture business travel bookings being made outside of traditional channels, including those bookings made on AA.com, the company said.

The company said the integration gives travel managers the visibility, benefits and tools associated with their corporate managed travel programs across bookings that travelers are making on AA.com, while TripIt Pro, a component of the TripLink offering, captures AA.com bookings made across other channels.

This integration and partnership helps companies improve policy compliance and duty of care efforts where gaps exist for managers whose travelers are booking direct.

Concur, an SAP company, is a provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and services.

ATSB investigates Emirates A380 landing incident

Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has investigated an Emirates Airline incident where its Airbus A380 descended below minimum assigned altitude while on approach to land at Melbourne Tullamarine International airport, the bureau said.

The bureau´s safety investigation reports the aircraft, registered A6-EDM (MSN 42), was operating a flight from Auckland when the incident occurred. It was positioned 28 km. south of the airport at the time. The bureau said when the aircraft was cleaned for runway approach, it descended below its assigned altitude and out of controlled airspace. The controller alerted the crew and the aircraft climbed back to its assigned altitude.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is an independent Commonwealth Government statutory Agency, governed by a Commission and is entirely separate from transport regulators, policy makers and service providers.

Poor Wi-Fi jeopardizes airline passenger loyalty

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has found three out of four airline passengers frustrated with poor in-flight Wi-Fi would switch airlines to gain faster and more reliable connections, the company said.

The company conducted a survey that found travelers expect consistent, faster in-flight connections, and three key reasons why airlines must act to deliver this service or risk losing business.

When traveling, passengers expect a reliable connection to stay in touch with their friends and family, get work done, or be entertained. If that means selecting another airline over their preferred choice, they will do it. More than 21 percent say they have already abandoned their preferred airline for an option with better in-flight Wi-Fi (up from 17 percent in 2014).

Six in 10 travelers surveyed say they would most likely feel disappointed or frustrated if they got on a plane that did not have in-flight Wi-F, and 84 percent of travelers, say it is important to have an experience identical to what they have at home or in the office.

Seventy-three percent of US millennials — those born between 1982 and 1998 –say Wi-Fi availability impacts the flights they book. GX Aviation, a wireless broadband service provides constant, high-speed connectivity signal that follows airplanes and passengers flying anywhere in the world. Whether travelers are over land or water, they will have a similar Wi-Fi experience as they would have on the ground. GX Aviation is powered by Honeywell´s JetWave onboard hardware and Inmarsat´s Global Xpress Ka-band satellite network.

Honeywell is a diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers with aerospace products and services, control technologies, turbochargers and performance materials.

Airbus Perlan Mission II to begin aerospace research in Argentina

The Perlan II stratospheric glider has departed the United States aboard a container ship on the first leg of a journey that will end in El Calafate, Argentina, where it will begin high-altitude aerospace and climate research, the company said.

The journey marks a transition from a six-month flight test program in Minden, Nevada, to mission flights in Argentina´s Patagonia region, where wind conditions will allow the team to look for stratospheric mountain waves in Patagonia, to collect new data about the upper atmosphere.

The Perlan 2 glider is a pressurized sailplane designed to ride updrafts, called mountain waves, which in certain regions near the North and South poles, can reach into the stratosphere. For a brief period in August and September every year, the weather in the Andes Mountains near El Calafate is suitable to generate these stratospheric mountain waves.

The pressurized glider built for Airbus Perlan Mission II soared at 26,000 feet during a recent test flight in Minden, NV, prior to departure to Argentina for flights into the stratosphere. Lacking an engine that would contaminate air samples, the Perlan II glider is able to collect data on upper-level weather patterns and the condition of the atmosphere, yielding new insights into climate change. The aircraft will carry experiments from earth from scientists around the globe, as well as from school and university classrooms. Its flights in the upper atmosphere will also provide Airbus data on high-altitude flight.

Airbus Group is an aeronautics, space and related services company, comprised of Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus helicopters that have revenues of EUR 64.5 billion and employ a workforce of 136,600.

Verizon approves FCC vote on Spectrum Frontiers Order

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) (NASDAQ: VZ) has supported the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to approve the Spectrum Frontiers order, adopting new rules that will make thousands of megahertz of high frequency spectrum available, the company said.

The company said the decision to make this spectrum available for commercial use will help ensure that the US maintains its leadership position in wireless communications and 5G has the potential to transform the connectivity marketplace.

Verizon Communications Inc. generated nearly USD132 billion in 2015 revenues, and has 112.6 million retail connections nationwide.

FAA lifts Turkish airline flight restrictions

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has lifted the restrictions on flight arrivals from Turkey, the administration said.

Following political unrest in the country on Friday, the FAA barred all airline carriers, regardless of country of registry, from flying into the United States from Turkey, either directly or via a third country.

All scheduled Turkish Airlines flights to the US resumed, starting July 18 with a Turkish Airlines´ flight from Istanbul to New York.

RapidSOS, American Seniors partner to provide mobile safety

The American Seniors Association (ASA) has formed a partnership with RapidSOS to offer access to the RapidSOS Haven smartphone app, providing individuals with enhanced access to emergency services, the company said.

The Haven app sends important data to 9-1-1 to aid in fast emergency response and better situational awareness for first responders.

Working together, RapidSOS and ASA will support America´s seniors by providing peace of mind that emergency help is one touch away when they need it. The app connects the user with the nearest dispatch center anywhere in the contiguous US, while providing a voice connection and a data pipeline to 9-1-1,

RapidSOS works with the 9-1-1 community, tech and telecom companies and leading investors, using technology to predict and preempt emergencies.

Haley & Aldrich expands airport consulting practice

Haley & Aldrich has expanded its airport consulting expertise with the appointment of key staff, the company said.

The company has added industry veteran Darcy Zarubiak as senior associate; industry experts Alice Richard and Neal Wolfe, as associates; David Fusco, as a senior technical specialist and Jeffrey Covert, as a staff scientist. With these strategic hires, Haley & Aldrich has expanded its airport-dedicated air quality practice in the US.

The newly expanded practice will offer consulting services to Haley & Aldrich´s airport and aviation clients, addressing their sustainability challenges, Clean Air Act issues, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews and implementation of alternative energy.

Haley & Aldrich, Inc. is an engineering and environmental consulting firm with
600 engineers, scientists, and constructors in nearly 30 offices.

Tencent, DHgate.com sign agreement to create social commerce system

DHgate.com and Tencent have signed a strategic agreement to create a social cross-border e-commerce application, the companies said.

The companies said this social commerce system will make on demand B2B communication and deal-making a reality for global buyers and sellers, to help DHagte.com realize their goal of creating an online silk road.

DHgate.com´s service system will be upgraded through Tencent´s advantage in connectivity that will lead to building a social cross-border business platform together.

DHgate.com markets a transactional cross-border B2B e-commerce marketplace in China, with approximately 10 million global buyers from 230 countries and regions, with 1.2 million global sellers offering 33 million products.

AT&T, IBM team to enhance IoT capabilities on IBM Cloud

AT&T (NYSE: T) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) have partnered to help businesses accelerate their Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives, the companies said.

The two companies said they will combine their strengths in cognitive computing and global connectivity to create open standards-based tools on the IBM Cloud that enable developers to build and implement a wide variety of IoT solutions.

IBM and AT&T are expanding their full commitment and investment in open-source based tools, such as Node-Red, and open standards like MQTT, for creating IoT solutions. Developers can add IBM´s Watson cognitive computing and AT&T´s IoT platforms like flow designer and M2X, and access to its global network.

AT&T Inc. is a provider of mobile, high speed Internet and voice services. It is a provider of pay TV in the US and Latin America.