Residence Inn, Courtyard at Montreal International Airport begin new recycling program

The Residence Inn Montreal Airport and Courtyard Montreal Airport are beginning a new recycling initiative at both of the Marriott Montreal Airport locations, the company said.

Each of the hotel´s new programs focuses on reducing waste in all areas, as well as providing guests with bins and recycling stations. Between the two hotels, they now offer three charging stations for electric cars, including one designed exclusively for the Tesla.

The hotels have also put the necessary installations in all administrative and associate areas for recycling as well. The properties have already eliminated 120kg of waste per week and the goal for the next three months is to achieve twice that amount per week.

The Residence Inn Montreal Airport is an extended-stay hotel that offers studio, one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchens, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and separate areas for working and relaxing. The property has and indoor pool and 24-hour fitness centre, and provides a free hot breakfast buffet, and free shuttle service on request. Additional hotel amenities for extended stays include a free grocery shopping service and frequent evening socials.

American Airlines announces executive changes

American Airlines has reported that Art Torno, Senior Vice President — International and Cargo, has informed the company of his decision to retire in April after 38 years with the airline, the company said.

Torno joined American in 1979 as a flight attendant and has held numerous leadership positions, including Vice President — New York, Vice President — Caribbean and Latin American Operations and Vice President — Miami.

With Torno´s retirement, Jim Butler will assume the role of Senior Vice President — International and Cargo and will report to Kerry Philipovitch, Senior Vice President — Customer Experience. Butler has been with the airline for 21 years and most recently served as President — American Airlines Cargo, a position that he´s held since 2013. In this role, Butler has helped strengthen Cargo´s contribution to the airline and successfully led Cargo´s integration process, becoming the first operation at American to fully merge.

Butler is a graduate of Cornell University and received an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Washington, DC. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members serve more than 1,000 destinations with about 14,250 daily flights over 150 countries.

Dos Rios, Akoya Capital invest in DiSTI

The DiSTI Corporation, a provider of customized 3D virtual maintenance training solutions and graphical user interface software to the aerospace, automotive, medical, and training industries, has received a financial investment from Dos Rios Partners and Akoya Capital Partners, the company said.

The investment will allow the company to significantly expanding its market share of innovative 3-D user interface software tools and services into the aerospace, defense, training, and automotive markets.

The three founding partners of DiSTI, Darren Humphrey, Joe Swinski, and Bill Andrews, will continue to serve in their executive roles and sit on the newly formed Board of Directors. The board is comprised of members from Dos Rios, Akoya, and DiSTI with John Regazzi of Akoya serving as Chairman.

DiSTI´s founding partners, with the advice and assistance of Capstone Partners LLC, pursued this strategy with Dos Rios and Akoya based on their highly selective portfolio of sector-based investments in industry leaders and their partnership-focused approach to growing organizations.

Dos Rios is a Texas-based private equity partnership that invests in the junior (i.e., common equity, preferred equity and/or mezzanine debt) securities of proven, growing niche businesses with approximately USD 2 — USD 12 million in EBITDA, alongside strong, motivated management teams.

Akoya Capital is a sector focused investment firm that creates and nurtures partnerships between management and capital. The firm collaborates with industry sector leaders, proprietary platform organizations, experienced management teams, and co-investors to develop and execute industry sector acquisition strategies that deliver measurable value for management, partners and shareholders.

The DiSTI Corporation provides graphical user interface software and customized 3-D virtual maintenance training solutions. Its flagship product, GL Studio, delivers advanced high-performance 3-D user interfaces to the aerospace, automotive, medical, and training industries. The company´s user interface technology also expands into 3-D virtual maintenance training. Its VE Studio is a proven process and toolset for managing the development of complex virtual environments for use in 3-D maintenance and task training applications.

FEAM to be Boeing GoldCare line maintenance supplier

F&E Aircraft Maintenance (FEAM) has signed a multiyear agreement with The Boeing Company as the first US based maintenance, repair, overhaul (MRO) to provide GoldCare line maintenance services, the company said.

The strategic partnership calls for FEAM to provide full handling line maintenance support on new B737 MAX aircraft under its EASA 145 authorization on behalf of Boeing´s GoldCare portfolio of global aftermarket support services.

F&E Aircraft Maintenance (FEAM) founded in 1992, is an MRO company providing aircraft line maintenance services to major domestic and international air carriers flying transport category aircraft. The company employs over 600 aircraft maintenance technicians /line maintenance engineers (LME) throughout the company´s network of 23 domestic line stations.

FEAM, a FAA 145 Repair Station, holds numerous certifications from global aviation regulatory authorities including being the 1st US based MRO to receive Japanese Civil Aeronautics Board (JCAB) line maintenance approval.

OXIS Energy, Zephyr Innovation Programme partner on GBP 7.6m satellite development project

The Zephyr Innovation Programme (ZIP), led by Airbus Defence & Space in Farnborough UK, is developing a High Altitude Long Pseudo Satellite (HAPS) to provide remote sensing and internet connectivity in the developing world, the company said.

The long term aim of this is to bring billions of people online in places like Africa, South America, India and Indonesia.

As part of this programme, OXIS Energy will develop cells capable of meeting the specific energy target of 425Wh/kg, thus enabling the Zephyr HAPS to be able to fly above any weather in the troposphere and remain aloft for 3 months without needing to land.

The project will be funded by Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK at a cost of GBP 7.6m. The 27 month programme, which began in November, will be led by Airbus and its project partners from UK academic institutions with an aim of manufacturing up to 500 aircraft per year by 2020. This is set to create up to 72 skilled jobs when aircraft manufacture begins with a growth target to more than 2,000 new jobs in the UK.

Airbus Defence & Space´s HAPS is a new type of solar-powered aircraft designed to circle in the earth´s stratosphere, capable of launching, landing and re-deploying autonomously whilst delivering consistent, satellite-like earth observation and communication services.

A key criterion for Airbus winning this contract is its capability to manufacture 500 aircraft per annum. The target markets are civilian UAVs for remote sensing (GBP 3.2bn) and internet connectivity (GBP 14bn).

Since 2004, OXIS Energy has been involved in the design, development, and now the move towards commercial production of polymer lithium sulfur cells for battery systems. With 32 families of patents, OXIS has been granted 81 patents with 101 pending.

Discover the World to represent Virgin Atlantic in Benelux countries

Virgin Atlantic, a UK long haul airline, has selected Discover the World to provide its sales and marketing representation in Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg), the company said.

Discover the World has a worldwide network of 85 offices in more than 60 countries, and a portfolio of more than 90 clients utilizing its sales, marketing, and business process outsourcing services.

Virgin Atlantic flies to more than 30 destinations worldwide, including locations across the United States, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The airline currently has a fleet of 39 aircraft, which is comprised of Boeing 747s, Boeing 787s, Airbus A340-600s and A330-300s. In July 2016, Virgin Atlantic announced an order for 12 new A350-1000s, operating from both London´s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

Delta to move to LAX terminals 2, 3

Delta will move out of terminals 5 and 6 and into terminals 2 and 3 in May as a first step in the project to upgrade and connect terminals 2 and 3 at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), the airline said.

In 2016, Delta, Los Angeles World Airports, and the City of Los Angeles announced the USD 1.9bn collaborative effort to build a premier partner hub at LAX.

Delta will initially increase its presence in Terminal 6, operating temporarily from Gates 60-63 in addition to Gates 68A, 68B and 69B. It will also use its nine remaining gates in Terminal 5 until it moves to Terminals 2 and 3 in May. The airline has placed additional check-in positions closer to Terminal 6 and will have two baggage claim positions for passengers arriving into Terminal 6.

Additionally, the underground tunnel inside the secure area remains available for passengers with connecting flights between Terminals 5 and 6. American Airlines will acquire four gates in Terminal 5 as part of the swap.

Delta will also install signage throughout Terminals 5 and 6 to help direct customers to the correct location and is proactively reaching out to customers ahead of their planned travel to notify them of the gate swap. The airline will also utilize out-of-home advertising in and around the airport to raise awareness of the upcoming move and project.

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 323 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry´s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic.

Trans States Airlines pilots among highest paid in the regional airline industry

A new signing and retention bonus program will make Trans States Airlines pilots among the highest paid in the regional airline industry, the airline said.

In addition to having a competitive hourly pay scale (USD 36.35 per flight hour), new hire First Officers are now eligible for a USD 30,000 signing and retention bonus, to be paid in three increments over two years of service.

Under an agreement brokered by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA), Trans States First Officers already on property will receive USD 10,000 in retention bonuses, and another USD 10,000 in bonuses if the company reaches pilot hiring targets. Current Captains will also receive a retention bonus, as well as an additional bonus if hiring targets are met.

Salary and bonuses alone for a first year First Officer should reach at least USD 55,000. Total pay, per diem, and all benefits can now reach USD 75,000 for a first year First Officer, and USD 82,000 a year for a first year Captain.

Additionally, Trans States pilots can earn USD 1,500 for every successful pilot they refer to the company.

The aforementioned programs are effective immediately.

Trans States serves over 4.5 million passengers a year, with approximately 237 daily flights providing service to over 70 cities in North America. Trans States operates the Embraer 145 on behalf of American Airlines (as American Eagle) and United Airlines (as United Express). Headquartered in St. Louis, Trans States has crew domiciles in Chicago (ORD), Denver (DEN), St. Louis (STL), Raleigh- Durham (RDU), and Washington D.C. (IAD).

Retarus gets NASPO ValuePoint contract for cloud solutions

Cloud messaging provider Retarus has been awarded a NASPO ValuePoint Master Agreement for Cloud Services, the company said.

On September 30, 2016, the Lead State – State of Utah Division of Purchasing and NASPO ValuePoint presented a 10-year contract to Retarus following a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, specifically for its Cloud Faxing services.

The newly acquired master agreement award allows participating US states, territories, and authorized public entities to access and procure Retarus´ cloud managed solutions expeditiously.

ValuePoint´s multi-state collaboration through cooperative purchasing reduces the number of competitive bids and RFPs that states need to issue to receive benefits of cloud service providers. ValuePoint´s cooperative procurements result in awards to premium quality cloud-based service providers helping states, local governments, schools and authorized public entities increase the overall efficiency of the technology departments, as well as improve IT service delivery through reliable and secure cloud-based solutions.

This master agreement aims to improve operational scalability of states, territories and authorized subdivisions by reducing costs, providing business continuity, increasing collaborative efficiencies and expanding flexibility in work practices.

Retarus received an award of NASPO ValuePoint master agreement along with 37 other vendors offering competitively priced cloud solutions to help governments become more agile in deployment of technology solutions.

The initial term of this contract is 10 years.

Retarus provides professional messaging solutions, offering services for electronic corporate communications since 1992. Retarus´ solutions optimize business process communications, ensuring business continuity and highest levels of security and performance.

XOJET reports 2016 highlights

XOJET has exceeded 25 percent return on aircraft assets in 2016, secured a record number of new clients, and expanded the off-fleet charter brokerage business, primarily in large cabin and light jets, by 22 percent over the prior year, the company said.

The company´s team of dedicated aviation advisors directly managed over 80 percent of bookings on XOJET´s fleet of aircraft. The remainder of bookings on the XOJET fleet were primarily derived through XOJET´s preferred distribution partners, which include Sentient Jet and JetSmarter–XOJET´s exclusive digital platform partner.

XOJET´s Preferred Partner Network now comprises 1,087 approved aircraft that meet the company´s rigorous operating standards.

In 2016, XOJET further expanded its New York brokerage office to serve clients located in the Northeast and opened a new office in Greater Los Angeles, serving clients in Southern California, to complement the company´s headquarters in San Francisco and Operations Control Center in Sacramento.

The company also invested heavily in a multi-million dollar fleet refurbishment program in 2016, demonstrating its commitment to improving the client´s in-flight experience.

XOJET is a private aviation services company serving more than 7,000 clients worldwide. Its business model combines the flexibility of on-demand flying with a service and operations infrastructure dedicated to providing the highest levels of client service.