Spirit AeroSystems installs water recycling project for efficiency, conservation

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. [NYSE: SPR] has begun construction of a water recycling project designed to improve factory efficiencies and conserve water, the company said.

Construction of a dedicated three-mile pipeline has been competed, allowing Spirit to begin purchasing up to 500 million gallons of recycled water per year from the City of Wichita, Kansas for use in manufacturing aerospace structures.

To further improve its factory efficiencies and prepare for production rate increases, Spirit said it will begin purchasing more than a million gallons of recycled water daily, decreasing its total potable water usage by 70 percent.

Spirit AeroSystems Inc. designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the US, UK, France and Malaysia.

Avcorp reports CAD41m in Q3 2016 revenue

Avcorp Industries Inc. (TSX: AVP) has reported CAD41 million in third quarter 2016 revenue, compared to USD21.5 million in the third quarter 2015, an increase of 89.6 percent, the company said.

The company said it was awarded multiple production contracts from Boeing, consisting of complex metal bond and multi-material structural assemblies, and secured a USD5 million loan facility for use as working capital purposes.

The company signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of British Columbia to explore the creation of a learning factory for advanced composites.

Signed a long-term production contract with the Aerospace Company of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., a tier-one supplier to major original equipment manufacturers of commercial and defence aircraft around the world. Avcorp announced a restructuring at the Gardena facility, which will result in significant annual cost savings for the company, net of anticipated severance costs of approximately CAD260,000.

Avcorp Group designs and builds major airframe structures for aircraft companies, including BAE Systems, Boeing, Bombardier, Fuji Heavy Industries and Lockheed Martin. Avcorp Group offers integrated composite and metallic aircraft structures to aircraft manufacturers.

British Airways, Iberia join Concur TripLink to capture travel data

Concur, a provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions and services, has formed partnerships with British Airways and Iberia, enabling mutual customers to capture business travel bookings being made directly on British Airways and Iberia channels via TripLink, the company said.

By integrating the airlines´ channels with Concur TripLink, the companies´ mutual customers can improve both policy compliance and duty of care efforts, through the ability to apply policy when employees book directly on ba.com, Iberia.com or send their British Airways or Iberia itineraries to TripIt.

British Airways is a UK-based international airline operating international scheduled airline route networks. With its joint business agreement, codeshare and franchise partners, British Airways flies to more than 70 different countries, and carries more than 40 million customers a year and has a fleet of more than 280 aircraft.

Iberia is an airline based in Spain operating routes between Europe and Latin America. With its subsidiary Iberia Express and its franchise partner Iberia Regional/Air Nostrum, it operates about 600 flights each day with a fleet of 134 aircraft to 125 destinations in 38 countries.

Concur, an SAP company, offers cloud-based services that make it simple to manage travel and expenses.

NTT Com Group notches 3 wins at DatacenterDynamics

NTT Communications Corp (NTT Com) has received three awards at DatacenterDynamics Asia Pacific Awards 2016, the company said.

NTT Communications Hong Kong Financial Data Center Tower 2 (FDC2) was named the winner of “Service Provider Data Center” award, and “Critical Environment Future Thinking” category in collaboration with Emerson Network Power.

Netmagic, an NTT Communications Group Company, was also awarded the “Data Center Critical Environment Team of the Year Award”, which recognizes the achievements of the construction team behind DC5 Mumbai.

NTT Communications´ Nexcenterâ„¢ offers globally standardized data center service backed by quality, flexibility, and cost-efficiency in over 140 locations worldwide. In Hong Kong the company operates two data centers, the Hong Kong Financial Data Center (with two towers, FDC1 and FDC2) and the Tai Po Data Center. NTT Communications´ data centers in Hong Kong has integrated high density energy efficient design and innovative technologies, with the vision to enhance customers´ business performance.

NTT Com will continue to enhance its global seamless ICT solutions as it expands data center business worldwide.

NTT Communications provides consultancy, architecture, security and cloud services to optimise the information and communications technology (ICT) environments of enterprises. These offerings are backed by the company´s worldwide infrastructure, including leading global tier-1 IP network, Arcstar Universal Oneâ„¢ VPN network reaching 196 countries/regions, and 140 secure data centres worldwide.

France Brevets licenses NFC patents to HTC

France Brevets has granted to HTC a worldwide patent license under its NFC Patent Licensing Program for use in HTC´s products, the company said.

The NFC Patent Licensing Program, fully managed by France Brevets and its affiliate NFC Technology LLC, now offers NFC patents from both INSIDE Secure and Orange, as well as patents acquired by France Brevets and patents owned by NFC Technology LLC.

France Brevets manages and leads the efforts under the NFC Licensing Program in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. France Brevets´ affiliate, NFC Technology LLC, leads the NFC Licensing Program in the United States. The NFC Patent Licensing Program gives NFC-enabled device manufacturers access to the patents of INSIDE Secure, a leader in embedded security solutions for mobile and connected devices, and the NFC patents of Orange , which include both essential and implementation-specific approaches for NFC, and also other patents acquired by France Brevets and NFC Technology, LLC.

The licensing program addresses multiple categories of NFC device manufacturers, such as those making smartphones, feature phones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, TVs, and smart meters which will offer a wide range of services such as mobile payment, transit, access control, customer retention programs and also ticket office.

Created in March 2011, France Brevets is the first investment fund fully dedicated to patent promotion and monetization in Europe. Funded with EUR100 million, France Brevets deploys resources to execute patent and licensing strategies that best serve the interests of the patent holders and partners of France Brevets partners. The main sector focus of France Brevets is Information Technology and Communication at large, Aeronautics and Space, Alternative Energy, Chemistry, Materials, and Life Sciences.

GOL reports 20% reduction in October 2016 departures

GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL) (S&P: CCC) has reported the volume of departures in the total system reduced 20.3 percent, while the number of seats recorded a 19.1 percent reduction in October, the company said.

In the domestic market, GOL reduced its supply by 3.2 percent in October and 5.4 percent year to date over the same periods the year before.

GOL´s October 2016 load factor was 75.9 percent, flat versus October 2015. Through October, the load factor was 77.7 percent.

In October, GOL´s international market supply was reduced by 18.3 percent, with load factor of 76.8 percent, an increase of 6.0 p.p. in relation to the same period of 2015. Year to date supply was reduced by 17.7 percent, and load factor was 74.5 percent, up by 2.7 p.p.

SES Government Solutions gets BBG managed services contract

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) subsidiary SES Government Solutions (SES GS) was awarded a managed services contract to support the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the company said.

The service will support the Broadcasting Board of Governors in broadcasting US Government civilian content across the world via SES satellites. The single Firm-Fixed-Price Task Order will service some of the existing BBG´s satellite capacity requirements. SES GS will provide high quality satellite solutions and possesses the agility to reach BBG´s distribution hubs, news bureaus, and international audiences via satellite and terrestrial connectivity.

The contract for these SES GS managed services includes a one-year base period, with four one-year option periods for a total value of approximately USD 15 million over the period of performance. Under this new agreement, the BBG has employed a new model for purchasing COMSAT as a managed service, which effectively obviates having several disparate contracts for each part of their broadcasting infrastructure. The agreement was executed using the US Government´s Custom COMSAT Solutions (CS2) contract vehicle, allowing federal agencies to build large, complex, custom end-to-end satellite solutions.

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is the world-leading satellite operator, with more than 50 geostationary satellites (GEO) and, through its subsidiary O3b Networks, 12 medium Earth orbit satellites (MEO).

SES Government Solutions, a subsidiary of global satellite operator SES, is exclusively focused on meeting the satellite communications needs of the US Government.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency, supervising all US government-supported, civilian international media, whose mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.

United presents strategic initiatives for long-term earnings growth

United Airlines has presented plans for long-term earnings growth through strategic initiatives that include improving network connectivity and revenue management, broadening product segmentation and introducing additional customer enhancements, the company said.

The company said by maintaining disciplined cost control, the strategy is expected to generate USD4.8 billion in earnings improvement by 2020.

The company has introduced new basic economy fares as an additional choice for customers and plans to update its narrow body order book, reducing capital expenditures by USD1.0 billion by 2017-2018.

United said it is improving its revenue management system to more accurately forecast demand to better maximize profitability on each flight. The company expects these system improvements to drive USD900 million of incremental revenue by 2019.

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers. United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is United´s parent company.

GSMA seeks collaboration on global ultra-fast 5G

The GSMA has called on governments and regulators around the world to commit to supporting the needs of 5G in the lead-up to the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19), the company said.

5G can create a ´hyper-connected´ society, supporting the varying needs of a hugely diverse set of connections, from industrial machinery in factories to automated vehicles, as well as rapidly growing services such as on-demand video.

Ultra-fast 5G services will require such large amounts of spectrum that governments and regulators are already looking at significantly higher frequencies than those traditionally used in mobile services. While this work is critical, the GSMA has highlighted that mobile spectrum must be quickly identified within three key frequency ranges — including traditional low frequency bands — to deliver widespread coverage and support all use cases.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting nearly 800 operators with almost 300 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces industry-leading events such as Mobile World Congress, Mobile World Congress Shanghai, Mobile World Congress Americas and the Mobile 360 Series of conferences.

Horizon Air receives FAA approval to improve Sun Valley airport

Horizon Air, Alaska Airlines´ sister carrier, has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval to begin using its proprietary required navigation performance (RNP) instrument approach procedure at Friedman Memorial Airport near Sun Valley, the company said.

The company said the procedure is expected to reduce weather-related diversions by 95 percent. It is projected to reduce diversions for Horizon from an average of 40 to 50 per year down to one to two estimated diversions per year.

RNP technology allows aircraft to follow precise three-dimensional curved flight paths through difficult terrain using a combination of onboard navigation technology and the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network.

Horizon said this effort, which has been in development for more than 10 years, will allow it to deliver more reliable service. Tthe company expects to save up to USD600,000 a year by completing flights that would have would have otherwise been diverted or cancelled due to weather.

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. Alaska Airlines is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).