Incredijet expands jet sale offerings through Airplane Listings partnership

Incredijet has partnered with Airplane to offer a wide selection of aircraft for sale in the private aviation sector, the company said.

The partnership brings together two companies in the private aviation sales and services industry. It provides a convenient online destination for charter jet flights and person-to-person sales of small and luxury planes. Incredijet charter flight customers who are interested in buying their own aircraft are directed to the Airplane website to browse their extensive listings.

Incredijet´s offers private corporate jet charters and private jet charter flights to and from 11 U.S. cities, including New York City, Telluride, and Miami. Incredijet and offer digital platforms that eliminate the need for using eBay or other generic methods for buying airplanes.

Airplane, founded in West Covina, CA, provides small and corporate aircraft owners with a way to sell airplanes by creating a targeted online marketplace for pilots.

Incredijet offers affordable charter jet services for personal and corporate travel. They have a fleet of planes for rent and a staff of FAA-certified pilots to ensure safe flights. Incredijet serves over 5,000 airports in the US.

Stellwagen acquired by Acasta Enterprises for USD270m

Stellwagen Group and Acasta Enterprises Inc. have entered into definitive agreements by which Acasta would acquire Stellwagen for approximately USD270 million plus future consideration contingent on the operating performance of Stellwagen over the next three to five years, the company said.

Stellwagen said it will commit to investing USD100 million into Stellwagen Capital´s senior loan company or another strategic investment. These agreements are subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approval and approval by Acasta´s shareholders.

Stellwagen Capital said it plans to have USD5 billion in assets under management within three years. The company is launching a series of aircraft-related investment vehicles, the first of which is a senior secured aircraft loan company designed to meet the increasing demand caused by the retreat of the aviation banks.

Headquartered in Dublin, the Stellwagen Group provides asset management, financial and technology solutions to the global aviation industry.

Acasta Enterprises Inc. is a special purpose acquisition corporation that raised USD402.5 million in an initial public offering in July 2015, with the purpose of effecting a qualifying acquisition. With the approval of the acquisition of Stellwagen, Acasta will become a private equity manager fund and will launch a private equity fund to pursue further market opportunities.

T-Mobile brings 4G LTE Network to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

To support the 5,500 active duty military, reservists, their families, and staff who reside there, T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) has expanded its domestic 4G LTE network to cover Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, bringing 4G LTE data and texting to the base for the first time.

T-Mobile is providing the first LTE coverage to NS Guantanamo Bay through a contract with the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM).

Through the previous wireless provider, residents at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay only had cellular voice service — no texting or data! Now, T-Mobile has built 11 cell sites with LTE coverage on the base from the nation´s fastest LTE provider on the nation´s most advanced LTE network.

Starting in August, base residents have been able to activate T-Mobile service — choosing from all postpaid and prepaid plans the Un-carrier has to offer just like T-Mobile customers stateside — including a full selection of devices and accessories available at a Wireless Advocates retail kiosk inside the Navy Exchange (NEX) store on the base. Residents can also bring their own compatible phones to access the network. In addition, Department of Defense Commands stationed at NS Guantanamo Bay can purchase from T-Mobile´s Federal Government Sales Team.

T-Mobile US, Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) provides nationwide 4G LTE network to 69.4 million customers. Based in Bellevue, Washington, T-Mobile US provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

Corporate Traveler, Freebird partner to bring flight rebooking service to clients

Corporate Traveler has partnered with Freebird to offer a mobile rebooking tool that allows clients the ability to rebook disrupted flights from a mobile device, the companies said.

The company´s customers who opt in to the Freebird service will receive automatic email or text message notifications if a flight is cancelled, delayed more than four hours or if there is a missed connection. Travelers are empowered to simply select a new flight from a list of available options, click and book a new ticket instantly–on any airline, at no additional cost from their mobile device.

Corporate Traveler is the corporate division of Flight Centre Travel Group that delivers airfare and accommodation options to meet a company´s travel requirements and policies.

Freebird provides a data model that offers real-time information and tools for commercial flights.

RingCentral Connect Platform notes 300% increase in API requests

Working together with more than 3,000 developers, partners, and customers, RingCentral, Inc. (NYSE:RNG), a provider of enterprise cloud communication and collaboration solutions, has reached more than 350 custom application integrations and 60 off-the-shelf integrations with third-party business applications, the company said.

In addition, the RingCentral Connect Platform has reached 1.6 million API requests per day, and an increase of more than 300 percent in quarterly API requests year over year from third parties. RingCentral enables developers and ISVs to integrate communication functionality into the workflow of business applications and access a wealth of data (e.g., call logs, business rules, messages, presence, etc.) to create customized solutions.

RingCentral provides cloud-based business communications and collaboration solutions. Its cloud solution is easier to manage and more flexible and cost-efficient than legacy on-premise communications systems. It meets the needs of modern distributed and mobile workforces spanning SMBs to enterprises globally. The company is headquartered in Belmont, California.

Aurora develops autonomous flight system on unmanned UH-1H

Aurora Flight Sciences has leveraged the autonomous aerial cargo utility system (AACUS) program to integrate its tactical autonomous aerial logistics system (TALOS) on a UH-IH helicopter, the company said.

The company said the primary goal of the AACUS program is to enable rapid cargo delivery by unmanned, and potentially optionally-manned, VTOL systems. AACUS encompasses the development and implementation of VTOL-based obstacle detection and avoidance, and allows for autonomous landings at unprepared, off-field, non-cooperative landing sites. AACUS also enables dynamic contingency planning to the point of landing, with goal-based supervisory control by any field personnel with no special training.

Aurora Flight Sciences, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is an innovative technology company that strives to create smarter aircraft through the development of versatile and intuitive autonomous systems.

Lightower Fiber Networks leverages Netcracker's Next-Gen OSS

Netcracker Technology has been used by Lightower Fiber Networks, the premier provider of all-fiber, high-performance networking solutions delivered over its own network, as the platform to consolidate its business processes and network infrastructure following its latest major merger, the company said.

Lightower provides all-fiber connectivity solutions to enterprises, educational institutions and governments via a network that is more than 30,000 miles wide, spanning 17 states across the Midwest, Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

The company´s network connects more than 22,000 service locations, including 275+ data centers, major cloud providers, 40+ financial exchanges and over 500 carrier hotels and central offices.

With Netcracker´s Infrastructure Optimization solution based on its resource inventory and associated services, Lightower can establish a common source for network inventory and consolidate a number of processes that would have become more overlapping and complicated following its merger with Fibertech.

Netcracker Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, offers mission-critical solutions to service providers around the globe.

Alaska Airlines offers new premium class seating

Alaska Airlines has offered a premium class section on select routes beginning in early January 2017, the company said.

The new section, which allows four extra inches of legroom, is the result of a retrofit of its all-Boeing fleet. The new section offers 35 inches of space between rows, compared to 31 to 32 inches in the main cabin.

The company said it expects nearly half of the fleet will feature premium class by the end by the end of 2016, with the balance of planes being reconfigured in 2017. A decision on when the 737-700s will be retrofitted will be announced mid-2017. Alaska will retire its fleet of 737-400s in 2017. The upgrade option will also be available on the Embraer 175s operated by SkyWest Airlines and soon, Horizon Air.

Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 32 million customers a year to more than 110 cities with an average of 970 daily flights throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and soon Cuba.

Viptela, LiveAction partner to provide SD-WAN deployments

Viptela, the Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) company, and LiveAction, the network visualization company, have developed an integration between Viptela´s SEN platform and LiveAction´s LiveNX, the companies said.

Together, the technologies provide customers with comprehensive end-to-end network visibility for SD-WAN deployment planning, operation and service assurance.

The Viptela SEN (Secure Extensible Network) platform allows organizations to “mix and match” private and public IP connections such as MPLS, wireless LTE/4G, broadband and Ethernet to meet application requirements based on geographic location, bandwidth and whether they are based in the branch office, campus, data center or cloud.

LiveNX is a robust visualization and analytics engine that can ingest any form of network generated metadata including flow, SNMP and IPFIX to qualify SD-WAN Return-On-Investment (ROI) by monitoring application traffic on an end-to-end basis in real time and retrospectively to identify changes associated with network problems.

The Viptela-LiveAction solution enables enterprises to manage the entire lifecycle of their SD-WAN deployment using the following capabilities:

LiveNX is an award-winning software designed to simplify network management. Initially developed for the US Department of Defense to manage its networks, LiveNX features an innovative visual display, real-time big data analytics for decision-making and deep integration with routers and switches for unparalleled network control. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

Viptela provides Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) technology that virtualizes WAN infrastructure. The platform allows global companies to build carrier agnostic, policy-controlled and cost-effective WANs. Viptela has been deployed at thousands of sites by more than 25 Fortune-500 enterprises; and major carriers including Verizon and Singtel are using Viptela to deliver managed SD-WAN services. The company is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

NTT Communications launches hubbing service for Global Enterprise SMS

NTT Communications Corp´s new A2P SMS International Hubbing Service is available immediately, the company said.

The service enables enterprises to send Application to Person (A2P) SMS messages for marketing and authentication purposes to mobile subscribers overseas via short, secure routes. Messages from SMS aggregators (A2P SMS distributors) are relayed to mobile carriers worldwide via NTT Com´s high-quality global network.

The service ensures that mobile network operators, which receive huge volumes of SMS from overseas, provide their subscribers with valid SMS by filtering out spam and other fraudulent SMS. The service also helps over-the-top (OTT) players, which deliver A2P SMS to overseas users, and A2P SMS aggregators to improve SMS reach rates and reduce latency.

NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimize the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises.