JAL, Kaligo create mileage accrual bank

Kaligo Travel Solutions and Japan Airlines (JAL) have partnered to allow JAP Mileage Bank members to earn miles on hotel stays booked on Kaligo.com, the company said.

Through Kaligo.com, JAL Mileage Bank members can earn miles for every booking year round at any of the over 465,000 hotels and resorts available worldwide.

Japan Airlines (JAL) serves 305 airports in 51 countries and regions together with its codeshare partners with a fleet of more than 220 aircraft.

Boeing delivers Dreamliner to Vietnam Air

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has delivered the 10th 787-9 Dreamliner to Vietnam Airlines, the company said.

The airline said the 10th 787 Dreamliner was received 16 months following the first delivery in July 2015. The Vietnam Air has nine more 787s on order from Boeing. The airline said the 787 is key to its fleet expansion.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a commercial airplane that uses 20 to 25 percent less fuel with 20 to 25 percent fewer emissions than the airplanes they replace. Since entering service in 2011, the 787 has flown more than 125 million passengers on more than 530 routes around the world, including more than 120 new nonstop routes.

Headquartered in Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines operates 92 routes to 20 domestic and 29 international destinations with average 400 daily flights. The airline operates 787 Dreamliners on the domestic Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City route and international routes to/from London, Frankfurt, Narita and Beijing.

CommutAir names Embraer veteran as vice president of maintenance

United subsidiary CommutAir has named Lon Ziegler as its vice president of maintenance, as the airline mobilizes to triple the size of its fleet, the company said.

The company said it plans to expand its flying footprint as it inducts 40 Embraer 145 aircraft under the United Express agreement.

Ziegler has been CommutAir´s director of maintenance since earlier in 2016. He was previously with ExpressJet Airlines where he was the director of maintenance.

CommutAir, operating as United Express, is majority owned by Champlain Enterprises Inc. CommutAir operates more than 900 weekly flights to more than 30 destinations, with Bombardier Q200/300 and Embraer ERJ145 aircrafts, from bases in Newark, NJ and Washington Dulles.

Phoenix Audio launches Android SIP dialer

Southern California-based Phoenix Audio Technologies has released a version of its SIP dialer app for Android, the company said.

The app allows users to remotely control its Condor Beamforming Microphone Array (MT600) as well as the SIP Spider Conference Phone (MT505). The SIP Dialer application was made available for iOS back in April.

The Condor is a 48-inch wide multi-microphone array with a pickup range of up to thirty feet. It also features a built-in SIP phone, which can be controlled using a dedicated application that runs on your smart device.

The SIP Spider is a state of the art, table-top, conference phone. It utilizes an extremely powerful DSP for noise suppression, echo canceling, de-reverb, and beamforming with direction-finding. The SIP Spider´s dual connectivity supports bridging for audio and video calls, providing a single unit solution for all conferencing interfaces.

Phoenix Audio Technologies is a innovator of 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. Phoenix Audio´s proprietary audio algorithms aim to improve the communication experience and enable people to speak freely and naturally with as little compromise in quality as possible.

Fastjet chairman steps down

Fastjet has reported its chairman, Colin Child resigned from his post as the African airline prepares to raise more capital next year due, the company said.

The company said that having led a USD19.5 million fund raising campaign in July 2016, Child believed it was not appropriate for him to continue in this role given that the company plans to initiate a fresh capital raising effort in the first quarter of 2017 in response to additional costs associated with its restructuring plan.

Chief executive Nico Bezuidenhout is scheduled to assume the role of interim chairman pending the appointment of a new non-executive chairman.

Fastjet is a low-cost African airline that expects to achieve a 25 percent reduction in fixed operating costs and overhead expenses, and break even by the fourth quarter 2017.

CSG Systems announces USD0.185 quarterly dividend

Englewood, Colorado-based CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGS) board of directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend payment of USD0.1850 per share of common stock.

The dividend is to be paid on December 22, 2016 for shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 7, 2016.

CSG delivers market-leading revenue management and customer interaction solutions in licensed and managed service models.

CSG Systems International provides business support solutions primarily to the communications industry. The company also provides its services to the content distribution, and media and entertainment industries. It operates in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia Pacific.

Eros Now, Vodafone partner

Eros Now has announced a distribution partnership with Vodafone India for integration with Vodafone Play, the company said.

Vodafone Play is designed as a one-stop destination for Vodafone subscribers to enjoy streaming their favorite content, be it live TV shows, the latest movies or music. Vodafone Play offers a specially curated library of thousands of movies and other popular videos from a host of partners.

With this partnership, users of Vodafone Play will gain access to Eros Now´s premium Bollywood content offering thousands of new and classic Bollywood movies.

Eros Now is Eros International Plc´s (NYSE: EROS) on-demand Bollywood entertainment network with 55 million registered users worldwide. Eros Now also offers a vast selection of audio and song videos, television content and Eros Now originals in the form of drama series with young and contemporary themes.

Eros International Plc is a global company in the Indian film entertainment industry that acquires, co-produces, and distributes Indian films across all available formats. The company has an extensive and growing movie library comprising of over 3,000 films, which include Hindi, Tamil, and other regional language films for home entertainment distribution. It also owns the platform Eros Now.

Vodafone India is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vodafone Group Plc., with operations across the country serving over 200 million customers. The company provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data, and fixed communications. It has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 56 more, and has fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. Vodafone Business Services serves the needs of enterprises and government by providing total telecommunications (Voice and Data) solutions across mobility and wireline platforms.

Bliss Jet to launch transatlantic service

US start-up operator Bliss Jet has begun preparations for its January launch of scheduled service between New York and London using Gulfstream G450 and G550 business jets, the company said.

The service is targeted at business and first class airline passengers who are looking for an alternative to transatlantic carriers.

Bliss Jet will offer 10-seat G450 and G550 large-cabin, long-range business jets, operated by US charter company White Cloud, between Sheltair Aviation´s fixed-base operation at LaGuardia to Inflight Jet Centre´s VIP terminal at Stansted.

SHAG foundation launches PureCloud customer engagement solution

Seattle, Washington-based Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG) Community Life Foundation, an affordable senior housing provider in Washington, has deployed the omnichannel customer engagement cloud solution, PureCloud Engageâ„ , from Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ININ), the company said.

SHAG uses PureCloud Engage to support its customer service department, which staffs four agents who receive more than 7,000 calls per month.

PureCloud Engage helps senior housing assistance group enhance marketing campaigns, improve service and increase productivity.

Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG) Community Life Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

Interactive Intelligence Group Inc. is in software and cloud services for customer engagement, communications, and collaboration designed to help businesses worldwide improve service, increase productivity and reduce costs. The company is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and has more than 2,000 employees worldwide.

Lufthansa pilots' 4-day strike impacts 345,000 customers

Lufthansa pilots, represented by Vereinigung Cockpit union, have extended their strike, which caused the airline to institute a special flight schedule over the four-day walkout, the company said.

The company said over 95 percent of all Lufthansa Group flights took place on Saturday, November 25. Due to the extension of the strike, approximately 30,000 passengers were impacted by the 137 cancellations of short and medium-haul routes. The four-day strike has affected 345,000 passengers overall with a total of 2,755 flight cancellations.

The Group airlines Eurowings, Germanwings, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines are not affected by the strike. The pilots of Lufthansa Cargo have not been called on to strike. Flights to and from Germany that are operated by other Lufthansa Group airlines will be taking off as scheduled.

The Lufthansa Group is a global aviation group with a total of 540 subsidiaries and equity investments, which in the financial year 2015 were organized into the passenger airline group, logistics, MRO, catering and other business segments.