Ryanair introduces 737 Max to fleet

Ryanair has ordered 100 Boeing 737 Max aircraft to add to its fleet and expects to introduce it into service in 2019, the company said.

The company has christened the aircraft “The Game Changer” and said it expects the aircraft to be a key part of its focus on cost.

Aside from a 16 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over Ryanair´s current fleet of 737-800s, the Max 200 will carry more passengers — 197 versus 189 — without incurring extra cabin costs.

Ryanair currently has 353 in-service 737-800s.

Airbus Defence/Space unveil aerial refueling (AAR) kit for C-295

Airbus Defence And Space has showcased an aerial refuelling (AAR) kit for its C-295 light tactical transport aircraft at this year´s Farnborough Air Show, the company said.

Using a hose-and-drogue system, the AAR kit for the C-295 configures the transport to serve as a low-speed tanker for helicopters, drones and turboprops. The fuel is drawn from the C-295´s main fuel tanks, but the customer can opt for auxiliary tanks. The AAR-equipped C-295 can also function as a forward refuelling station on the ground.

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group responsible for defence and aerospace products and services.

Minnesota Business magazine names Jet Edge 2016 finalist for manufacturing awards

Jet Edge, Inc. has been named a finalist for the Image Award by Minnesota Business magazine for its efforts to enhance the manufacturing industry´s image and show the appeal of careers in manufacturing, the company said.

Jet Edge previously received the Minnesota Manufacturing Awards Best in Class: Small Company award in 2014.

Based in St. Michael, Minnesota, Jet Edge is a manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjet systems for precision cutting, surface preparation and coating removal.

Atos delivers IT backbone to Rio 2016

Atos, an integrator of the 2016 Olympic (IOC) and Paralympic Games, has led the International Olympic Committee´s (IOC) technology effort to enable games results and other data to be shared both online and through traditional means, the company said.

The company said distributing the results to the world via mobile technology in less than half a second, is expected to be fully realized at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In order to relay results, events and athlete information to spectators and media around the world, Atos has strengthened its systems with new technologies, such as the Olympic video player, which offers real-time results of sporting events, including statistics and biographies.

Atos is a digital services provider with revenue of EUR12 billion, and 100,000 employees in 72 countries. Atos has provided IT solutions to the Olympic Games since 1992 and is a partner in the digital transformation of the Games for Rio 2016.

Cloud9 gateway service helps transition traders from telephony to Cloud

Cloud9 Technologies LLC has launched Cloud9 gateway service, connecting Cloud9 users to their trading counter parties, even if they are not yet using the Cloud9 application, using industry standard private line interfaces, the company said.

The company said gateway can be deployed on site or as a hosted cloud-based service, making it easy to add existing counter parties to Cloud9 application with no disruption to their business. The Cloud9 gateway allows current and future customers of Cloud9 to migrate from traditional telephony-based systems (turrets) onto a cloud-based service.

Cloud9 is a cloud-based trading communication platform for financial firms and institutional traders, delivering collaboration services leveraging the Internet and WebRTC technologies.

Turkey's Pegasus Airlines receives Airbus A320neo

Pegasus Airlines has taken delivery of an Airbus A320neo powered by CFM International´s LEAP-1A engines, the company said.

Pegasus placed an order for up to 100 A320neo family aircraft in 2012, making it a new Airbus customer. Pegasus Airlines along with Airbus and CFM top management and employees celebrated the delivery in a private ceremony at Airbus´ site in Hamburg.

The A320neo family is a fuel efficient single aisle aircraft family. The A320neo powered with the CFM International´s LEAP-1A provides operators with improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, with a 15 percent reduction upon entry into service and up to a 20 percent reduction by 2020.

Airbus´ A320neo family incorporates new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, and has received 4,500 orders from 83 customers since its launch in 2010.

Etisalat launches virtual telecom function, cloud-based mobile core

Etisalat has on-boarded its virtualised telecom function using Affirmed Networks´ virtualised Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) solution, the company said.

Representing the core technology components of a mobile system, the company said an Evolved Packet Core is the foundation of any mobile service.

Etisalat made live LTE data and voice calls on the cloud platform in April 2016. The UAE telecom aims to position its vEPC to deliver broadband and voice services for both mobile and fixed users, in addition to providing advanced connected car and machine-to-machine (M2M) services.

Affirmed Networks´ vEPC solution advances the state of mobile networks by evolving from legacy infrastructure to a more agile and flexible virtualized architecture capable of handling requests for additional capacity.

7-Eleven teams with Flirtey for FAA-approved drone delivery to customer home

7-Eleven and Flirtey have completed a fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer´s residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System, the company said.

The delivery was conducted in celebration of the convenience store chain´s 89th birthday. Flirtey teamed with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) for the delivery with a goal of advancing drone deliveries.

NIAS said this delivery required special flight planning, risk analysis,and detailed flight procedures ensuring residential safety and privacy were equally integrated.

At a Reno, Nevada 7-Eleven store, two deliveries were successfully completed. 7-Eleven merchandise — including hot and cold food items — were loaded into a unique Flirtey drone delivery container and flown autonomously to a local customer´s house, using precision GPS. Once at the family´s backyard, the Flirtey drone hovered in place and gently lowered each package. The purchases were delivered to the family in the span of a few minutes.

Building on this initial collaboration, the two companies said they have plans to expand drone delivery tests and work closely together.

Flirtey is an independent drone delivery service that has has worked with NASA, the University of Nevada, Reno, The New Jersey Test Site and Virginia Tech to create the technology and logistics systems for a mass-market drone delivery network.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is a chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven operates, franchises and licenses approximately 59,800 7‑Eleven stores in 17 countries.

Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems is a non-profit corporation in the Nevada Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Industry, collaborating with primary research institutions on UAS research and development.

3D Sound Labs, Innovation Technology collaborate on 3D audio headphones

Hong Kong-based Innovation Technology and 3D Sound Labs have collaborated to bring 3D audio headphones to Innovation´s customers, the company said.

Through this collaboration, Innovation Technology will become a licensee for the “powered by 3D Sound Labs” hardware and software technologies, and will provide its customers with reference designs for gaming as well as virtual reality.

Innovation Technology reference designs for gaming and virtual reality headphones are expected to launch in September 2016.

Innovation Technology started audio headphones, telecom headsets and other audio products manufacturing in 2002. With three factories now established in PRC, the company has close to 8000 people across its HK headquarters, Shenzhen R&D center and factories.

3D Sound Labs was founded in January 2014 by entrepreneur Dimitri Singer, consumer electronics specialist Xavier Bonjour and Centrale-Supelec research engineer Renaud Séguier, to develop 3D audio software technologies as well as hardware.

Southwest Airlines pilots join mechanics for informational picket

Pilots from the Southwest Airlines Pilots´ Association (SWAPA) have joined mechanics from Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) Local 11 in support of their informational picket near Love Field Airport in Dallas, the company said.

Along with SWAPA, other AMFA locals and the Transportation Workers Union (TWU) Local 556, which represents the Southwest Airlines Flight Attendants, joined AMFA Local 11 on the picket line.

After more than four years of negotiating, SWAPA and Southwest Airlines continue to meet in mediated sessions through the National Mediation Board. SWAPA has held three picketing events in 2016 and many AMFA Local 11 members showed up to support SWAPA during those pickets. Captain Jon Weaks, president of SWAPA, said it´s important for Southwest Airlines´ unions to unite.

Southwest Airlines Pilots´ Association (SWAPA) is a non-profit employee organization representing the more than 8,300 pilots of Southwest Airlines.