GOL reports BRL233m in Q3 2016 operating income

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL) has reported capacity in the domestic and international markets, measured by ASK, reduced by 4.3 percent and 21.4 percent respectively over the same period in 2015, producing an overall GOL system reduction of 6.7 percent, the company said.

In the same period, demand for the company´s seats, measured by RPK, decreased by 2.9 percent in the domestic market and 21.1 percent in the international market. In the overall GOL system, the decrease was 5.3 percent.

In the third quarter 2016, GOL´s total load factor increased by 1.2 percentage point over the third quarter 2015, reaching 79.8 percent. The domestic market increase was 1.2 percentage point to 80.4 percent, while the international load factor climbed by 0.3 percentage points to 74.6 percent.
The company recorded third-quarter net revenue of BRL2.4 billion, 3.5 percent down in the annual comparison. Net revenue in the last 12months was BRL9.9 billion.

Brazil´s largest air transportation and travel services group, with operation in passenger transportation, cargo transportation and coalition loyalty programs.

Southwest Airlines reports 5% increase in October RPMs

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has reported 10.5 billion revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in October 2016, an increase of 5.2 percent from 10.0 billion RPMs flown in October 2015, the company said.

Available seat miles (ASMs) increased 5.4 percent to 12.2 billion in October 2016, compared with October 2015 ASMs of 11.6 billion. The October 2016 load factor was 85.7 percent, compared with 85.9 percent in October 2015.

Based on these results and current trends, the company said it continues to expect its fourth quarter 2016 operating revenue per ASM (RASM) to decline in the 4.0 to 5.0 percent range, as compared with fourth quarter 2015.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines operates more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season across a network of 98 destinations in the United States and seven additional countries with service to Varadero, Cuba beginning Nov. 13, 2016, and to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 12, 2016, both routes subject to governmental approvals.

FAA awards environmental VALE, ZEV grants to 9 US airports

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded USD33.7 million in grants to nine airports around the country to reduce emissions and improve air quality through the FAAs Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) and Zero Emissions Airport Vehicle (ZEV) programs, the administration said.

These grants represent the US Department of Transportation´s continued commitment to reduce greenhouse emissions and work with airports and communities to provide healthier air quality for all Americans.

The VALE program supports the objectives of President Obama´s climate action plan, which builds on efforts to address climate change and support clean energy innovation.

VALE is designed to reduce all sources of airport ground emissions in areas that do not meet air quality standards. The ZEV program, created through the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, allows airport sponsors to use AIP funds to purchase vehicles that produce zero exhaust emissions.

The FAA is awarding USD31.1 million in VALE grants to Chicago O´Hare International, Memphis International, George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Portland International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Boise Airport. Indianapolis International was awarded a ZEV grant.

Through VALE, airports are reducing ozone emissions by approximately 840 tons per year, which is equivalent to removing about 46,912 cars and trucks from the road annually.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides more than USD3 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, security, capacity, efficiency, and environmental stewardship of the nations airports.

Electronic Recyclers International now ERI

Electronic waste recycler and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company has changed its name from Electronic Recyclers International to ERI, the company said.

ERI has also successfully achieved AAA certification for data destruction from the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID) for its facilities in California, Colorado, Indiana and Massachusetts. ERI´s goal is to have all of its locations NAID certified by January of next year.

In keeping with the name change, ERI has launched a new URL for its website and online identity and branding, anchored by its ERIdirect.com moniker. Anyone can reach ERI by visiting www.ERIDirect.com or calling 1-800-ERI-DIRECT.

ERI, the nation´s leading recycler of electronic waste and the world´s largest IT asset disposition (ITAD) and cybersecurity-focused hardware destruction company, is certified to de-manufacture and recycle every type of electronic waste in an environmentally friendly manner. ERI processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations, serving every zip code in the United States.

FAA awards infrastructure grants to 6 US airports

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted USD90 million to six airports in Alabama, Missouri, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee and Wyoming for airport runway, taxiway and apron projects, the administration said.

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants were awarded to Huntsville International Airport (Alabama), Kansas City International Airport (Missouri), Bismarck Municipal Airport (North Dakota), Portland International Airport (Oregon), McGhee Tyson Airport (Tennessee) and Jackson Hole Airport (Wyoming).

In fiscal year 2016, the FAA issued 1,768 new grants to airports. AIP provides more than USD3.0 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, security, capacity, efficiency, and environmental stewardship of the nations airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities throughout the nation.

Hibernia Networks wins award for Ethernet services

Hibernia Networks has received the TMT News 2016 Technology Award for Most Innovative Global Optical Transport and Ethernet Services, the company said.

This award honors the company´s recently launched Protected Wavelength Service, which is the only protected wavelength service offered on the transatlantic route, leveraging Hibernia Networks´ three wholly owned subsea cables.

Additionally, the award recognizes Hibernia Networks for setting a new industry benchmark for network latency performance, underpinning its robust suite of Optical and Ethernet services, on key routes between North America and Europe. At the core is Hibernia Express, the only transatlantic cable system optimized for latency performance.

Hibernia Networks owns and operates a global network serving more than 100 markets and spanning 25 countries. Providing enterprise-class and wholesale global connectivity solutions, it offers secure and diverse optical transport, Ethernet, and carrier-grade IP transit services.

DroneDeploy launches app market for drone imagery dataset

DroneDeploy has launched a drone industry app market with more than 15 inaugural apps, and offers third-party developers access to a dataset of drone 2D maps and 3D models, to help solve business challenges, the company said.

The introduction of the app market on the DroneDeploy platform creates a one-stop shop for cloud-based drone data analysis. Users can now extend the power of DroneDeploy by leveraging third-party apps within their DroneDeploy interface on the web and mobile devices (iOS and Android).

DroneDeploy´s 10,000+ users across 135 countries have mapped over eight million acres. The inaugural apps enable file sharing with Box, importing field boundaries from MyJohnDeere, exporting data to Autodesk, 3D printing of drone maps with WhiteClouds, on-demand flight insurance with Verifly and more.

DroneDeploy is a cloud software platform for commercial drones, and is making the power of aerial data accessible and enables professional-grade imagery and analysis, 3D modeling and more from any drone on any device.

Thread Group networking solution to expand into commercial, professional sectors

Thread Group will expand into commercial building and professional sectors, the company said.

The group will continue its efforts to drive adoption of the Thread networking specification for the connected home, and will leverage this technology for the commercial building and professional sectors by adding extensions to the existing specification.

The new extensions will address use cases such as enterprise security and commissioning options, and enabling and managing large Thread subnets. These updates will be beneficial to a range of commercial building professionals including installers, network engineers, application commissioners and end-users operating system components.

To offer engineers and developers as much flexibility as possible, the Thread Group has committed to complete backwards compatibility in its commercial solution. This will address the extended and more in-depth design and development of commercial buildings.

Thread is an IPv6 networking protocol built on open standards for low-power 802.15.4 mesh networks that can easily and securely connect hundreds of devices to each other and directly to the cloud.

The non-profit Thread Group is focused on making Thread the foundation for the Internet of Things in the home and beyond, educating product developers, builders and consumers on the unique features and benefits of Thread and ensuring a positive experience through rigorous, meaningful product certification.

Silverlabs raising growth capital on Propel(x)

Online angel investment platform Propel(x) is being used by Silverlabs, Inc. to raise growth capital, the company said.

Key to this novel social media experience is the Urban app, that uses patented technology to create custom photo filters that allow expression of thoughts in graphical short forms.

Silverlabs provides Urban users novel ways to network and socialize, while giving brands unprecedented tools for measuring engagement and cultivating and growing their customer community.

Urban by Silverlabs allows its users to create and share custom filters and stories with friends, around locations or related to their favorite brands. It is live on the iTunes app store.

Propel(x) was founded to help angel investors identify, understand and invest in breakthrough technologies in sectors including life sciences, computer sciences, energy & clean technology, new materials and space.

Silverlabs is a software company whose mission it is to build the best of contextual interactive storytelling experiences. Founded in 2015, the company launched its first public app, Urban Stories in September 2016.

Qatar Airways code share with Air Botswana opens 3 new Southern Africa destinations

Qatar Airways has begun a code-share partnership with Air Botswana, offering Qatar Airways travelers access to three additional destinations in Botswana, Africa, the company said.

The partnership with Air Botswana, the national airline of Botswana, will provide Qatar Airways passengers with connections to the Botswana cities of Gaborone, Francistown and Maun via Qatar Airways´ South Africa gateway Johannesburg. Qatar Airways operates double-daily flights between Johannesburg and its state-of-the-art hub, Hamad International Airport in Doha, with onward flights to more than 150 destinations worldwide.

The partnership with Air Botswana will provide Qatar Airways passengers with connections to the Botswana cities of Gaborone, Francistown and Maun via Johannesburg.

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the State of Qatar, operates a fleet of 191 aircraft, flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents.

Air Botswana offers 90 weekly flights into/out of Johannesburg´s ORT airport.