JetBlue Airways reports 8.6% YoY increase in January Traffic

JetBlue Airways Corporation´s (NASDAQ: JBLU) preliminary traffic results for January 2017 show an 8.6% increase in January 2017 traffic from January 2016, a capacity increase of 7.7%, the airline said.

Load factor for January 2017 was 83.3%, an increase of 0.7 points from January 2016. JetBlue´s preliminary completion factor was 97.9% and its on-time (1) performance was 72.8%.

The airline´s preliminary revenue per available seat mile for the month of January decreased approximately 8.5% year over year. January revenue per available seat mile was negatively impacted by approximately 5 points due to holiday placement and the impact of winter weather last year.

JetBlue carries more than 38m customers a year to 100 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 925 daily flights.

Alaska Air Group provides January 2017 operational results

Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE: ALK) reported January operational results on a consolidated basis, for its mainline operations operated by subsidiaries Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Virgin America Inc., for regional operations of its subsidiary Horizon Air Industries, Inc., and for third-party regional carriers, SkyWest Airlines and Peninsula Airlines (regional traffic), the company said.

Winter storms significantly impacted the operational performance across the network in January 2017. Detailed information is provided below.

On a combined basis, Air Group reported a 6.9% increase in traffic on a 7.6% increase in capacity compared to January 2016. Load factor decreased 0.5 points to 78.1%. These statistics include flights operated by Alaska Airlines, Virgin America, Horizon, and those under third-party capacity purchase agreements. Air Group´s acquisition of Virgin America took place on Dec. 14, 2016. Operational results include Virgin America results from pre-acquisition periods for comparative purposes.

Alaska Airlines reported a 5.9% increase in traffic on a 6.4% increase in capacity compared to January 2016. Load factor decreased 0.3 points to 79.3%. Alaska also reported 77.7% of its flights arrived on time in January, compared to 87.0% reported in January 2016.

Virgin America traffic increased 10.3% on an 11.9% increase in capacity compared to January 2016. Load factor decreased 1.0 point to 76.2%. Virgin America also reported 62.9% of its flights arrived on time in January, compared to 74.5% in January 2016. 2016 information has been adjusted to include Virgin America operating results for comparison purposes.

Regional traffic increased 5.3% on a similar increase in capacity compared to January 2016. Load factor was flat at 74.2%. Regional also reported 64.1% of its flights arrived on time in January, compared to 84.0% in January 2016.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, and Cuba. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

CH2M to design runway repairs at Nebraska Air Force base

The US Air Force selected CH2M as lead designer for repairs to the runway at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, the company said.

The base is home to the US Strategic Command, the 557th Weather Wing, and the 55th Wing of the Air Combat Command. The 55th Wing provides dominant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; electronic attack; command and control; and precision awareness to national leadership and warfighters across the spectrum.

The 11,703-by-300-foot runway serves approximately 30 unique strategic reconnaissance, command and observation aircrafts at the base.

As lead engineer, CH2M is completing a comprehensive investigation to implement a design of the repair for Runway 12-30, the NW Holding Apron, and the Mass Parking Apron pavements.

CH2M´s military design practices focus on preserving and improving vital mission infrastructure and national security interests. Over the past decade, CH2M has delivered more than USD 350m in design services for the military.

ClearDATA launches containers-as-a-service solution

ClearDATA has launched its Containers-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution to help health IT and DevOps teams quickly and securely deploy individual applications in a HIPAA-compliant cloud, the company said.

ClearDATA, an AWS Healthcare Competency and Public Sector Partner, works with Amazon ECS to provide a secure container management resource that offers an isolated, HIPAA-compliant environment for building, testing and running individual applications.

ClearDATA is a managed cloud provider, designed for today´s healthcare security needs. More than 350,000 healthcare professionals trust the ClearDATA HIPAA-compliant cloud to safeguard their patient data and power their critical applications.

Mythics gets contract from Illinois for Oracle products, services

Consulting firm Mythics, Inc. has been awarded a multi-year contract for Oracle products and associated services by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS), the company said.

The Oracle Statewide Master Contract CMS7966630 provides the state of Illinois and participating agencies a cost effective and streamlined procurement mechanism for Oracle cloud, technology, applications, support, hardware, engineered systems and Oracle related cloud professional services.

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) ensures the accountable, efficient, transparent and effective delivery of a broad range of programs and services to state agencies, the Illinois business community, local governments, and the citizens of Illinois, while maintaining the lowest impact on taxpayer dollars.

Mythics is an Oracle systems integrator, consulting firm, managed services provider and Platinum level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork representing Oracle product lines across cloud, software, support, hardware, engineered systems and appliances.

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle´s partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions.

GEICO Skytypers team to perform during 2017 air show season

The GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team will perform at several national air shows during the 2017 season, which kicks off in April and wraps up in November, the group said.

The GEICO Skytypers fly six SNJs powered by 600-horsepower Pratt and Whitney engines. As training aircraft, the SNJ can perform all the maneuvers of a fighter plane, but at slower speeds. The historic sound of the vintage engines fills the air as the team demonstrates more than 20 different tactical maneuvers.

The “Skytypers” portion of the team name stems from its unique style of creating giant messages in the sky. Flying five aircraft in a tight, line-abreast formation, the planes coordinate in typing dot matrix-style messages with environmentally friendly puffs of white smoke. Messages can be seen from 15 miles away with 20-25 characters generated in less than two minutes.

Joining the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team at select events will be the Miss GEICO offshore racing team. The high-powered catamaran has won eight world championships with its 50-foot Victory watercraft powered by twin 1650 stern drives producing more than 3,300 hp.

New guideline aids cities, government authorities in development of connected city plans

The Connected City Advisory Board (CCAB) has launched its first Connected City Blueprint, the board said.

A guideline to support cities and government authorities developing Connected City plans, the report outlines the factors to consider when developing a smarter and more connected city ecosystem, and the technology required. It also provides a set of case studies to be used as a benchmark for future connected city deployments.

The Blueprint identifies and brings together cities and local authorities´ views and perspectives on how to structure connectivity plans, the benefits of connectivity, and the value propositions for various stakeholders involved in the development of smart cities. It also outlines the opportunities and services that can be explored by cities, including big data, roaming and public-private partnerships.

The committee is developed by the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA), founded in 2003 with the mission of developing a converged wireless broadband ecosystem through seamless, secure and interoperable unlicensed wireless broadband services for delivering outstanding user experience.

Air Wisconsin offers pilots new bonuses, retention program

Air Wisconsin is offering increased first officer starting pay of USD 35/hour as well as USD 33,000 in sign-on bonuses, the airline said.

In the first three years of employment, a new first officer will earn, at a minimum, between USD 201K and USD 242K, depending on 401(k) and benefit selection.

Air Wisconsin is also increasing pilot retention bonuses that had previously been offered to its first officers up to a total of USD 20,000, with USD 10,000 payable in both May and October 2017.

The airline also offers a referral bonus of up to USD 4,000 to employees who refer new pilots.

Air Wisconsin Airlines, founded in 1965, operates nearly 350 departures per day system-wide to 26 states and three Canadian provinces in partnership with American Airlines. With service to approximately 70 cities throughout North America, Air Wisconsin carries nearly 6 million passengers per year.

Tech helps Charleston Area Medical Center reduce congestive heart failure readmissions

Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) has documented reduced readmissions for congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic conditions after launching a comprehensive strategy supported by the SmarTigr interactive patient engagement and education system from TeleHealth Services, the center said.

The four-hospital system in West Virginia reversed a trend of rising readmissions. CAMC reduced their readmissions for CHF by more than 22% and COPD by almost 30% in early 2016 compared to the previous year. Readmissions were also reduced for pneumonia.

The addition of TeleHealth Services´ integrated patient engagement system provides the technology foundation for improved patient-specific education. Interactive patient engagement solutions meet both the patient and hospital needs by creating clinical workflow efficiencies and engaging patients and caregivers across the recovery continuum. Better coordinated care with more empowered patients favorably impacts health outcomes.

The SmarTigr system integrates smart TVs, hospital software platforms and mobile applications with a library of interactive videos designed to educate patients about their care and medications.

Charleston Area Medical Center is a nonprofit, 956-bed, regional referral and academic medical center with more than 7,500 employees.

With more than 2,500 healthcare clients across the country, TeleHealth Services provides integrated patient engagement technology and communications solutions for the healthcare market. Headquartered in Raleigh, N.C., TeleHealth Services is a division of Telerent Leasing Corporation.

April 2017 conference will examine labor relations in the airline industry

American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education (CLE)´s 26th Annual Airline and Railroad Labor and Employment Law advanced course will be held April 27-28, 2017, in Washington, DC, the non-profit organization said.

The event will focus on updating attorneys and executives on developing issues that affect airline and railroad labor relations. Attendees will learn from and interact with eight members/administrators of the National Mediation Board.

The program is designed to benefit lawyers of all experience levels, and who represent labor organizations, carriers, or individuals involved in the air and rail industries.
This is one of the only CLE conferences available that specifically deals with employment law in these industries.

An additional presentation will feature Linda Punchala, Chair of the National Mediation Board, and a second will feature Jennifer Ambrose, the Team Lead for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Regulatory Policy at the FAA.

American Law Institute CLE is the continuing legal education division of the American Law Institute. A non-profit organization, it is committed to promoting continuing professional education for lawyers throughout the United States, and to creating standards to ensure quality and relevance in CLE programs.