Miami International Airport welcomes Volaris

Miami International Airport (MIA) officials have welcomed Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris to the Miami market, Miami-Dade Aviation Department said.

The airline has begun four weekly flights to Guadalajara and daily flights to Mexico City on Airbus A320 aircraft. Guadalajara is now the sixth destination in Mexico with nonstop service from MIA. Volaris is the airport´s fourth airline serving Mexico and its eighth low-cost carrier.

Volaris is the first of four passenger airlines to announce Miami service launches in 2017. Canadian airline First Air began charter passenger flights from Ontario on behalf of Celebrity Cruises on February 4. In April, low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air will launch thrice-weekly service to Reykjavík, Iceland. Lastly, Aer Lingus will launch first-ever service from Dublin, Ireland in September, with three weekly flights. The four new airlines will add to MIA´s current total of 107 carriers — the most of any US airport.

Volaris serves more than 60 destinations in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico.

Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other US airport, is America´s second-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers and is the top US airport for international freight.

MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of USD 33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida.

DreamMaker introduces around-the-world trip to fund Passport to 50 project

DreamMaker has debuted Experiential Aviation, its USD 13,875,000 private jet trip around the world named Passport to 50, the company said.

The concept introduces Experiential Aviation as an unparalleled experience in the sky that transforms notions of private jet travel from being a mode of transportation to an experience all on its own. The DreamMaker experience is slated for August 11, 2017, covering 20 cities in 20 days.

Some key features include inflight yoga sessions, spa services, fashion shows, and a hybrid of hypnotherapy and sleep therapy by holistic health guru April Norris. The services of a photojournalist, videographer, and social media secretary are enlisted to document the trip for guests on board, leaving more bandwidth for clients to enjoy the many aspects of their vacation.

Another vital part of Experiential Aviation is the personalities invited onboard for casual and intimate interactions. From conversations with individuals such as boxing legend Roberto Duran to the former chef of the Queen of England, or even a USD 500,000 charity poker tournament with Daniel Negreanu, guests can choose their level of engagement with the individuals who are hopping on and off different legs of the flights.

Upon its sale, Passport to 50 will fund the provision of clean drinking water for 50,000 at-risk children, builds fun centers for over 50,000 children suffering from life-threatening illnesses, and provides 50 children at each of the 50 chosen Cambodian villages to receive bicycles for transport to school. Charity partners include, Starlight Children´s Foundation U.K., Make-a-Wish Foundation Philippines, and Whole Child International.

Rooted in multiple layers of creative design, DreamMaker (formerly Tours of Enchantment) is a 28-year old experiential travel and design boutique with an emphasis on experiences that have never been done before.

WWP veterans gather at Pacific Aviation Museum connection event

During a recent Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) connection event at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor, injured veterans cleaned and performed maintenance on planes and helicopters, WWP said.

The activities were part of the museum´s Adopt an Aircraft program. In addition to helping their local community, participants experienced the benefits of getting out of the house and connecting with fellow service members.

WWP volunteers toured the museum with a group from Team Red, White & Blue before getting to work. Participants cleaned the aircraft in Hangar 79, pausing only for lunch, which gave them an opportunity to get to know one another.

Connection events support the long-term recovery needs of warriors by reintroducing them to the unique bonds experienced during military service. In a WWP survey of the injured warriors it serves, more than half of survey respondents (51.7%) talked with fellow veterans to address their mental health issues, and 29.6% expressed physical activity helps.

Staff members interacted with attendees throughout the day and advised them of additional services to support their recoveries. WWP programs and services assist injured veterans with mental health, physical health and wellness, career and benefits counseling, and connecting with other warriors and their communities. Generous donors make it possible for wounded warriors to take part in outreach activities and benefit from program resources at no cost to them.

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) connects, serves, and empowers wounded warriors.

SkyWest reports net losses for Q4, FY 2016

St. George, Utah-based SkyWest, Inc. (NASDAQ: SKYW) today reported financial and operating results for the fourth quarter of 2016, including a net loss of USD 270 million, or USD 5.22 loss per share, compared to net income of USD 41 million, or USD 0.78 earnings per diluted share for Q4 2015, the airline said.

Adjusted net income for Q4 2016 was USD 29 million, or USD 0.54 earnings per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of USD 25 million, or USD 0.49 earnings per diluted share for Q4 2015. The adjusted results for Q4 2016 exclude (pre-tax) a USD 466 million non-cash impairment charge and USD 7 million of early lease return charges, both previously announced. The improvement in adjusted net income was primarily due to SkyWest´s continued execution on its ongoing fleet transition and strong operating performance.

Net loss for the 2016 year was USD 162 million, or USD 3.14 loss per share, compared to net income of USD 118 million, or USD 2.27 earnings per diluted share for the 2015 year. Adjusted net income was USD 143 million, or USD 2.73 earnings per diluted share, for the 2016 year, compared to adjusted net income of USD 103 million, or USD 1.98 earnings per diluted share, for the 2015 year.

SkyWest, Inc. is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company. Its airline companies provide commercial air service in cities throughout North America with more than 3,100 daily flights carrying nearly 54 million passengers annually. SkyWest Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. ExpressJet Airlines operates through partnerships with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines. The company has more than 19,000 employees.

DFW to add refrigeration facilities for cargo customers

Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport will soon begin installing a cold chain facility that will be operated by AirLogistix USA, the company said.

Expected to be operational this summer, the state-of-the-art transfer facility will give DFW the ability to precisely control warehousing temperatures for shipments of pharmaceuticals, flowers, and fresh foods.

DFW handles more than 794,600 US tons of air freight, which is shipped to destinations all over the world. Fourteen dedicated freighters serve 22 major cargo hubs throughout Asia, Europe, and North America from DFW. Valuable belly cargo capacity is also available to more than 200 global destinations on the 26 passenger airlines that serve the airport.

DFW Airport produces over USD 37 billion in economic impact for the North Texas region and more than 50 percent of that is attributed to cargo.

Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport welcomes more than 65 million customers every year, and offers 157 domestic and 56 international nonstop destinations worldwide. Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over USD 37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel.

AirLogistix USA has been in operation for over 5 years. AirLogistix IAH owns and operates the perishables handling facility at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). AirLogistix USA will soon be opening similar facilities at DFW International Airport.

STAjets expands fleet, locations

Orange County, California-based STAjets now offers an expanded fleet for charter, the company said.

Since Kurt Belcher took over ownership in 2009, the fleet has grown from 2 to 23 private aircraft. Each aircraft is outfitted with in-demand amenities, many of which can be custom tailored to accommodate the needs of individual clients.

STAjets has expanded their locations as well, which now include John Wayne Airport, San Bernardino International, Van Nuys Airport, San Jose International Airport , Fort Lauderdale Executive, Miami International Airport, and Teterboro Airport.

STAjets is a private charter, aircraft sales, management, and maintenance company. STAjets headquarters is located at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.

Milestone Aviation Group secures USD 230m debt facility for Bristow subsidiary

Milestone Aviation Group Limited, a GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) company and a global leader in helicopter leasing, has announced a commitment letter with Bristow Group Inc., a provider of global industrial aviation services, the company said.

Under the agreement, Milestone is providing a USD 230 million secured term loan facility to a subsidiary of Bristow, secured by a pool of Bristow´s helicopter assets. As part of the agreement, Bristow will extend select Sikorsky S-92 leases with Milestone, and Milestone will also defer lease rentals on select Airbus H225 assets on lease to Bristow.

Milestone Aviation Group has a fleet of over 225 helicopters worth USD 3.9bn plus debt commitments of approximately USD 400m. The company has a forward order book of firm and option aircraft with an estimated aggregate purchase price in excess of USD 3bn.

Milestone partners with helicopter operators worldwide, providing a wide array of financial and productivity solutions, including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, secured debt financing, engine leasing and fleet advisory. The company supports 34 customers in 26 countries serving a variety of industries, including offshore oil and gas, search and rescue, emergency medical services, police surveillance, mining and other utility missions.

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), in aviation leasing and financing, offers a wide range of aircraft types including narrowbodies, widebodies, regional jets, turboprops, freighters and helicopters, plus multiple financing products and services including operating leases, purchase/leasebacks, secured debt financing, capital markets, engine leasing, airframe parts management and airport/airline consulting. GECAS owns or services a fleet of over 1,950 aircraft in operation or on order, plus provides loans collateralized on approximately additional 400 aircraft. GECAS serves customers in over 75 countries from a network of 25 offices.

Fairfield, Connecticut-based General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) operates as an infrastructure and financial services company worldwide. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors.

Credo plans USD 150,000 donation to progressive nonprofits

Mobile carrier Credo will donate more than USD 150,000 to the Center for Media and Democracy, Free Press and Friends of the Earth Action, the company said.

Throughout February, Credo invites its members and the public to vote on the distribution of funds at Credo Donations.

Since 1985, Credo has donated more than USD 83m to progressive organizations fighting for women´s rights, economic justice, voting rights, environmental justice and more. By choosing Credo products and services, members generate donations for these causes. Their everyday acts of commerce support Credo Action, a social change network with 5m activists, and Credo Donations, the company´s philanthropy program.

Credo conducts monthly donations to support nonprofits when action is most critical. This month, voters can take a stand for investigative reporting, civil rights and environmental justice. Credo will fund three nonprofits that can make an immediate difference for these causes.

The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a national watchdog group that conducts in-depth investigations into corruption and the undue influence of corporations on media and democracy.

Free Press fights for rights to connect and communicate, playing a critical role in defending Net Neutrality, thwarting Big Telecom mergers, and challenging mass surveillance programs targeted at people of color. A grant from Credo will enable Free Press to resist the Trump agenda with vigilant watchdogging, new alliances, racial equity initiatives and localized anti-surveillance efforts.

Friends of the Earth Action works to build a healthy and just world. Its recent grassroots efforts have kept fossil fuels in the ground, closed unsafe nuclear power plants, and protected dwindling bee populations. It will use Credo´s help to execute its six-point plan to defend the environment from the Trump agenda.

Founded in 1985, Credo gives individuals the power to make positive social change every day. Whenever members use a Credo product or service, they generate critical donations for progressive causes (at no extra cost) and fund vital activism work. Since 1985, Credo has donated over USD 83m to progressive nonprofits, and the company has built a network of over 5m activists.

Hyatt Place Aruba Airport projected to open in late 2018

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced that Hyatt has entered into a management agreement with Pelca Development V.B.A. for a Hyatt Place hotel within the Aruba Airport Business Center in Oranjestad, Aruba, the company said.

The Hyatt Place brand is rooted in extensive consumer insights indicating that guests seek stylish, comfortable, seamless experiences that accommodate their lifestyles and familiar routines. To embody this, the brand offers casual hospitality and purposeful service in a smartly designed, high-tech and contemporary environment.

The 116-room Hyatt Place Aruba Airport will be located adjacent to the Reina Beatrix International Airport (AUA) on a 2.1-acre mixed use development site that will contain 21,000 square feet of office space, as well as an 8,000-square foot food court, retail shops, a casual dining restaurant, and car rental facilities.

Additionally, the hotel will feature a covered walkway that will provide direct pedestrian access between the hotel and Reina Beatrix International Airport, which currently serves more than two million passengers per year by more than 20 international carriers.

With construction expected to begin in early 2017, Hyatt Place Aruba Airport is projected to open in late 2018. It will be the first Hyatt Place hotel in Aruba, joining the already open Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino. Additionally, this hotel will mark the fourth Hyatt Place hotel in the Caribbean, joining Hyatt Place Manatí, Hyatt Place San Juan/Bayamón and Hyatt Place San Juan/City Center in Puerto Rico.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a global hospitality company with a portfolio of 12 premier brands and 679 properties in 54 countries, as of September 30, 2016. The company´s subsidiaries develop, own, operate, manage, franchise, license or provide services to hotels, resorts, branded residences and vacation ownership properties.

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners agrees to acquire majority interest In Cologix

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners has agreed to acquire a majority interest in network neutral interconnection and data center company Cologix, the company said.

The transaction will provide Cologix increased access to capital for its growth plans and Stonepeak a marquee platform to enter the data center and interconnection market in North America.

The existing management team will continue to run the business in current capacities.

The transaction, which is subject to customary regulatory approvals, is expected to close in the coming months.

Cologix operates 24 data centers across nine strategic markets in the United States and Canada. It has data centers in Columbus, Dallas, Jacksonville, Lakeland, Minneapolis, Montreal, New Jersey, Toronto or Vancouver.

Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners is a North America-focused private equity firm with a conservative yet opportunistic approach to infrastructure investing. Stonepeak invests in businesses comprised of hard assets with leading market positions primarily in energy, power & renewables, transportation, utilities, water & communications. It was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in New York.