Boeing celebrates 100 years

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] has celebrated 100 years since its founding in 1916, marking a legacy of connecting and protecting people and nations, exploring Earth and space, the company said.

The company said since starting out as a builder of wood and fabric floatplanes in a Seattle boathouse, Boeing has become a large aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems.

Boeing represents a number of major companies that have merged over the past century, including McDonnell Aircraft, Douglas Aircraft, North American Aviation/Rockwell, Piasecki/Vertol, Howard Hughes´ helicopter and space companies, Stearman and The Boeing Company.

Headquartered in Chicago, Boeing supports airlines and US and allied government customers in more than 150 countries, employing 160,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries. Boeing´s total company revenues for 2015 were USD96 billion.

Boeing, South African Airways, Mango celebrate flights with aviation biofuel

Boeing [NYSE: BA], South African Airways (SAA) and low-cost carrier Mango have celebrated Africa´s passenger flights made with sustainable aviation biofuel, the companies said.

The SAA and Mango flights carried 300 passengers from Johannesburg to Cape Town on Boeing 737-800s using a blend of 30 percent aviation biofuel produced from Sunchem´s nicotine-free tobacco plant Solaris, refined by AltAir Fuels and supplied by SkyNRG.

In 2013, Boeing and SAA launched their sustainable aviation fuels collaboration and in 2014, Project Solaris became early focus projects that converted oil from the Solaris plant seed into bio-jet fuel. In 2015, farms in Limpopo Province of South Africa, from which the biofuel for the flights was sourced, achieved certification from the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).

Boeing works to develop and commercialize sustainable aviation biofuel in Southern Africa. Boeing has active biofuel development projects in the United States, Middle East, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Brazil and Australia.

QTS dedicates Chicago mega data center

QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS) has opened a new mega data center in downtown Chicago in response to increasing demand for integrated IT solutions and mission critical data, the company said.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel said, “Chicago is a global hub for innovation and technology, and this QTS data center will help the city build on that reputation.”

QTS transformed the iconic Chicago Sun-Times facility into a mega data center, which will serve as QTS´ Midwest hub to deliver its fully integrated portfolio featuring customizable data center solutions, colocation, managed hosting, hybrid cloud and disaster recovery services for enterprise and government organizations.

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: QTS) is a provider of secure, compliant data center, hybrid cloud and managed services.

Taylor English advises on USD8bn deal for Russian airlines

Taylor English Duma LLP has served as outside legal counsel to Russia´s Volga-Dnepr Group on its agreement to acquire 20 Boeing 747‑8F aircraft worth USD8 billion, the company said.

Based in Moscow, Volga-Dnepr Group is a consortium that owns, operates and manages several cargo airlines. The transaction represents a large cargo/freighter aircraft order in Boeing´s 100‑year history.

Taylor English Duma LLP is a full-service law firm representing Fortune 500 companies, start-ups and individuals.

Retarus continues US expansion and development

retarus Inc. has added staff, office space and data center developments to support growing sales and operations, the company said.

The company has appointed Steve MacDiarmid as the new CEO and president of retarus Inc. to spearhead further growth initiatives.

MacDiarmid is an experienced Retarus executive who formally headed up German Sales for Retarus, and has served in the international telecommunications and IT industry. He previously served with Telefónica Global Solutions. At retarus Inc., he will lead all aspects of US growth and play a key leadership role in the overall strategy and direction of the company, including the strategic further development of new and existing customers.

As part of the Retarus Group, retarus Inc. is a privately held global messaging service company that provides application specific integration for messaging products, and offers enterprise companies with a portfolio that spans email, fax, SMS and EDI.

Volaris launches service from DFW to Monterrey, Mexico

Volaris has launched twice-daily flight service from Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, the company said.

The company said it entered the DFW market in 2015 with three weekly flights to Guadalajara. The new Volaris service to Monterrey gives DFW Airport customers more options to fly to Mexico, which represents about 35 percent of DFW Airport´s total international traffic.

Volaris currently serves over 60 destinations in Mexico, the United States and Central America, and features a young fleet with an average aircraft age of 4.6 years among its 56 Airbus aircraft.

Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) has more than 64 million customers each year. The airport serves as an economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over USD37 billion in economic impact each year.

Clear-Coat rebrands as Mobile Outfitters

Clear-Coat has changed its name to Mobile Outfitters to better reflect who they are, the company said.

The company has 24 locations worldwide that have already converted to the new Mobile Outfitters brand. All marketing materials, videos, and products have been updated to reflect the new name.

Mobile Outfitters is a US manufacturer of mobile accessories, including screen protectors, with all design and manufacturing operations located in Philadelphia, PA.

Cirrus Aircraft unveils special mission platform

Cirrus Aircraft has received FAA certification for Cirrus Perception, an adaptable, special mission platform tailored specifically for both the Cirrus SR22 and SR22T aircraft models, the company said.

The company said the new multi-mission, adaptive intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft expands Cirrus Aircraft´s global portfolio by offering performance capabilities suitable for airborne traffic and law enforcement operations, aerial surveying, mapping and photography, search and rescue missions, disaster management and support and border surveillance.

Cirrus Aircraft is a general aviation company offering an all-composite line of personal aircraft that incorporates electronic and safety technologies.

HKBN licensed to offer mobile virtual network operator services

Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN) has been licensed by the Office of the Communications authority to offer mobile virtual network operator services in Hong Kong, the company said.

The company said the expanded scope of its services-based operator license allows HKBN to offer mobile telecom services by making use of the radio communications infrastructure of mobile network operators, and to sell mobile handsets and devices.

HKBN has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Mobile Hong Kong, and is in discussions with two other local mobile network operators, with a view to launching HKBN mobile service to both the residential and corporate markets. It is anticipated that the soft launch of such service will begin as early as August this year.

HKBN Group is a large Hong Kong provider of residential high-speed fiber broadband services offering telecommunications solutions for both the residential and enterprise markets, encompassing broadband and Wi-Fi network services, cloud solutions, data connectivity and voice communications.

Pointer Telocation to provide technology for Rio Olympics

Pointer Telocation Ltd. (NASDAQ: PNTR) (TASE: PNTR) has signed a contract with CET RIO (Rio de Janeiro Transit Authority) to provide technology and integration services managing vehicles and personnel responsible for transit control, emergency and contingencies during the 2016 Olympic Games, the company said.

The company said more than 200 vehicles will be monitored in real time, which will be managing, controlling and supporting the traffic management systems throughout the Olympic Games. The system will use Pointer´s Web Fleet Software Platform and will be integrated into the CET Control Center as well as the COR (the city´s Operation Center), providing a unified view of traffic information throughout Rio.

Pointer Telocation is a developer, manufacturer and operator of Mobile Resource Management (MRM), providing services to the automotive and insurance industries.