Delta, Airbnb partner to offer Skymiles on Airbnb bookings

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has partnered with Airbnb to offer SkyMiles members miles on all Airbnb bookings when accommodations are reserved via delta.com/airbnb, the companies said.

Airbnb offers its customers the opportunity to live like a local in more than 190 countries with over 2.5 million homes around the world. SkyMiles members may use loyalty miles, which never expire, to travel to over 1,000 global destinations.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 312 destinations in 54 countries on six continents.

Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover and book accommodations around the world, connecting people to travel experiences in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries.

Turkish Airlines kicks off fourth golf open in Antalya

Turkish Airlines has begun it´s fourth annual open in Antalya, with 78 golfers competing for a USD7.0 million prize fund and points in the Race to Dubai, the company said.

The company said Masters champion Danny Willett is one of the 78-man field that also includes Ryder Cup contestants Lee Westwood and Andy Sullivan.

The airline is behind Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, with around 100 players, reduced from an initial 7,500 across the globe, competing for the title. Turkish Airlines also supports the challenge tour golf event.

Turkish Airlines has a fleet of 335 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 292 destinations worldwide with 243 international and 49 domestic.

Turkish Golf Federation (TGF) offers a range of national and international tournaments each year. This is the fourth year TGF has promoted the Turkish Airlines Open and it also put on the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final and the World Amateur Team Championship in 2012.

Performance Horizon Enterprise adds functionality

SaaS solutions provider Performance Horizon has released major additional functionality that improves scale and efficiencies for large enterprises that drive significant sales through their online marketing partners and affiliates, the company said.

Performance Horizon Enterprise is now in general availability after a closed-loop iterative Beta stage. The new release provides leading brands in retail, travel, digital content and financial services with more actionable data across more data dimensions, as well as the granular insights required to drive revenue and optimize profits.

The new functionality is immediately available and free of charge to existing Performance Horizon clients. Training and documentation are available from the customer success teams.

Performance Horizon provides SaaS solutions for digital partner marketing, enabling large enterprises to drive significant sales through their online marketing partners and affiliates.

C-ASTRAL Aerospace launches long endurance UAS

C-ASTRAL Aerospace has launched its new Bramor ppX long endurance small UAS in the US market, together with the ppX-LRS (long range solar) version, developed in conjunction with thin film solar cells company Alta Devices, the company said.

The ppX UAS builds upon a decade of operational experience in 80 countries with more than 50,000 global flight hours. The new ppX is complemented with a C3P (Command Control Communications and Planning) software package for mission planning and flight control, enabling a new level of situational awareness and intuitive systems control as well as with an online fleet management and maintenance support system, which will also enable current users and operators to share technical data as well as mission profile and performance parameters advice.

C-ASTRAL systems are used in research and development as well as environmental monitoring and compliance projects, ranging from the Arctic to Antarctica and have been flown in missions up to 14000 ft altitude.

C-Astral is a manufacturer of high capability small, specialized, fixed-wing unmanned aerial systems (UAS). C-Astral systems fly with six sovereign entities on force protection, border protection, fire control and surveillance operations on four continents and more than 150 commercial and scientific operators globally.

Phoenix Audio Technologies, Ingram Micro sign distribution agreement

Phoenix Audio Technologies has agreed with Ingram Micro Inc. (NYSE: IM) to expand Phoenix Audio´s distribution channel in the US and enhance Ingram Micro´s Unified Communications (UC) portfolio, the company said.

Phoenix Audio´s Spider family of products and Condor Beamforming Microphone Array address a unique business need in today´s market, offering channel partners a distinct service advantage.

Based in Southern California, Phoenix Audio Technologies provides audio communication solutions, striving to provide audio and video conferencing with simple-to-install, easy-to-use, high quality audio. The company designs and manufactures products that address the fast pace changes in communication trends, conferencing environments, and connectivity technologies.

Ingram Micro delivers a full spectrum of global technology and supply chain services to businesses around the world.

Global Aviation acquires D&D GSE

Global Aviation Services, LLC (Global) has acquired D&D GSE Support, Inc., a ground support equipment (GSE) maintenance provider serving the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), the company said.

Global said the acquisition is its first and enhances its market position in South Florida. The company said it intends to pursue continued expansion by acquiring high quality GSE maintenance businesses across the country.

Effective immediately, D&D will become Global Aviation Services. Global´s transition team is in place ramping up for the airport´s peak season. The operation will have 14 – 18 technicians and will serve as a primary hub for GSE Maintenance in South Florida and the Bahamas.

Global was established in September, 2007, and has grown to have 285 employees who provide GSE maintenance service at over 75 airports in the United States.

Global Aviation Services, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Air T, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRT). Air T, Inc. is a decentralized holding company with ownership interests in a broad set of operating and financial assets.

UK fuel prices reach 15-month high

Petrol and diesel prices across the UK are at the highest level since July 2015, according to the RAC.

The motoring group said on Thursday that October saw the biggest petrol price rise at UK forecourts in three and a half years - since February 2013 - and diesel prices rose at the fastest rate since May 2008.

The weak pound and a higher oil price are the main factors contributing to the price increase.

Data from the RAC’s latest Fuel Watch report shows that average petrol prices last month rose by 4.39p per litre, from 112.34p on 2 October to 116.73p on 31 October. Diesel was up 5.17p per litre, rising from 113.48p at the start of the month to 118.65p.

At these prices it costs £64.20 to fill an average-sized 55-litre petrol family car, with a similar diesel car costing £65.25 per tank to fill. For a light commercial diesel vehicle with an 80-litre tank, it now costs £94.92 to fill from empty.

However, there is good news for motorists expecting prices to continue rising at the same rate. There are indications that pump prices might stabilise or even reduce slightly in November, as the cost of oil started to fall back in the last days of October, the RAC pointed out.

A barrel of Brent crude averaged just under $50 through the month but ended October at a one-month low of $46.63, down from its peak of $51.63 on Wednesday 19 October. Wholesale fuel prices responded by dropping sharply at the very end of the month, down by almost 1p and 2p a litre for petrol and diesel respectively.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams commented: “We are a long way from the remarkably low fuel prices enjoyed by families and businesses early in 2016, when the average price of unleaded was around 102p per litre and diesel was 101p. But while the pound remains in the doldrums, and with few expecting it to recover in the near future, there are some indications that November might not shape up so badly.”

Williams explained that the biggest factor affecting what drivers pay at the pump is the oil price.

“OPEC, which represents some of the world’s biggest oil producers, recently agreed in principle a cut in production. This would mark a move away from the over-production strategy that they have employed for so long, and mere talk of a cut has been enough to force oil prices higher,” he said. “But a final deal is still to be agreed at an OPEC meeting at the end of this month and, with some analysts suggesting a deal might yet stall, this leaves open the prospect oil prices might stabilise or even fall before the end of the year.”

Williams concluded by urging Chancellor Philip Hammond to maintain the freeze on fuel duty in this month’s Autumn Statement.

Federated Wireless plans environmental sensing capability tests

Federated Wireless, Inc. has developed a testbed in Norfolk, Virginia for future demonstration and verification of its Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC), the company said.

The ESC is key to unlocking the value of shared spectrum in major metropolitan areas, which will improve the performance and capacity of wireless networks, drive innovation, support new business models and spur economic growth.

Federated Wireless´ ESC and Spectrum Access Systems (SAS), which are part of its CINQ XP platform, are currently in the certification process with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for commercial availability. The combined ESC and SAS in CINQ XP will facilitate the coexistence of users that will access shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band.

Formed in 2012, Federated Wireless, Inc. is developing scalable wireless infrastructure solutions to extend the access of carrier networks. The company´s dynamic Spectrum Access System (SAS) platform focuses on the distribution of shared spectrum. Its approach incorporates a neural network of radio sensors that allow for interference-free access to low-cost, high-quality spectrum, and breaks down traditional barriers of high-cost, exclusive spectrum. It is headquartered in Arlington, VA with offices in Boston, MA.

EVA Air expands North American service

EVA Air has launched flights into Chicago, expanding services in North America and adding greater flexibility and ease to itineraries by offering one-stop connections to major cities throughout Asia and 27 destinations in Mainland China, the company said.

The airline is operating four nonstop flights a week with its latest-model, wi-fi equipped Boeing 777-300ERs comfortably configured for 333 passengers in Royal Laurel business, elite premium economy and economy classes. Chicago is EVA´s eighth gateway in North America, on the airline´s trans-Pacific schedule.

EVA Air launched Chicago service with four nonstop flights a week, using new Wi-Fi-equipped Boeing 777s and offering more than 100 one-stop itinerary possibilities in Asia.

EVA Air is a privately owned Taiwan-based international airline, and part of the Evergreen Group and a sister company to global container-shipping leader Evergreen Line. It flies a fleet of more than 70 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to more than 60 international destinations throughout Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America.

Dallas upgrades city information phone system with Nuance IVR

The city of Dallas, Texas, has updated its Dallas311 city information phone system with Nuance Communications, Inc.´s (NASDAQ: NUAN) Conversational IVR (interactive voice response) natural language understanding (NLU), the company said.

Historically, Dallas311, the city´s leading source for information, has faced challenges with its caller experience, due in large part to limited IVR functionality and extensive phone trees, which has also led to lengthier calls, higher AHT (average handle time) and higher overall call center traffic. With the new Nuance NLU system, “Easy Speak,” Dallas311 aims to improve the caller experience with an easy-to-use system that allows people to simply say what they want in their own words to get to the information that they need.

By engaging callers in a conversational dialogue and directing them to the right information from the start, Dallas311 intends to reduce the overall time that people spend on the phone, as well as avoid misrouted calls and unnecessary call transfers, both of which can be key areas of frustration for callers. The new system can also help to improve Dallas311 agents´ experience by limiting the time that they spend routing and transferring calls, and allowing them to focus on those calls that require personal attention or action.

Nuance Communications provides voice and language solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with devices and systems.