Widerøe to be first Embraer E190-E2 operator

Widerøe, a regional airline in Scandinavia, will be the first airline in the world to receive the brand-new E190-E2 jet, the first member of the E-Jets E2, and the second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft, the company said.

Widerøe has a contract with Embraer for up to 15 E2 family jets consisting of three firm orders for the E190-E2 and purchase rights for 12 further E2 family aircraft. The order has a potential list price value of up to USD 873 million, with all orders being exercised.

As the launch operator of the model, Widerøe will receive their first aircraft in the first half of 2018. Widerøe is configuring the E190-E2s in a comfortable single-class layout with 114 seats.

Embraer is a manufacturer of commercial jets with up to 130+ seats. The company has 100 customers globally operating the ERJ and the E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,700 orders and over 1,300 deliveries.

Virgin America to donate portion of fares sold through February 20 to American Heart Association

To spotlight and support the work of the American Heart Association (AHA), Virgin America has launched a special “Fly ´Til Your Heart´s Content” fare sale with fares from USD 49 one way (taxes and fees included, restrictions apply) for travel between March 7 and May 6, 2017, with USD 10 from each ticket sold donated to the AHA (maximum donation of USD 25,000), the airline said.

Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased by 11:59pm CT on February 20.

Many Virgin America in-flight teammates will also be showing their support to help raise awareness by wearing red dresses and/or Red Dress pins throughout the month. The Red Dress has long been a symbol for raising awareness about heart disease among women.

Launched by the airline in 2012 as a way to show support for the American Heart Association, the uniform option quickly became one of the most popular uniform pieces for in-flight teammates. Virgin America teammates have also participated in the AHA Heart Walk every year since 2009.

Since its 2007 launch, Virgin America has created more than 2,800 new jobs and expanded its network. The airline is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group.

The Dallas, Texas-based American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from cardiovascular disease and stroke — two of America´s leading killers. The association teams with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases.

Delta extends cash tender offer to purchase additional Grupo Aeroméxico shares

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has launched a cash tender offer through the Mexican Stock Exchange to acquire up to an additional 32% of the outstanding capital stock of Grupo Aeroméxico S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: AEROMEX) for MXN 53.00 per share, the company said.

The difference from the previously announced tender price of MXN 43.59 per share is the result of interim exchange rate movements and other factors. Completion of the cash tender offer is subject to certain conditions including acceptance of the offer by holders of at least 25% of the outstanding shares of Grupo Aeroméxico and receipt of required antitrust approvals in Mexico.

Currently, Delta owns approximately 4.2% of the outstanding shares of Grupo Aeroméxico and holds options to acquire an additional 12.8%. If fully subscribed, following completion of the tender offer, Delta would own and/or have options to acquire up to a total of 49% of the outstanding shares of the company.

Delta and Aeroméxico launched their first codeshare in 1994, and entered into an enhanced commercial agreement in 2011. In 2012, Delta invested USD 65m in shares of Grupo Aeroméxico, the parent company of Aeroméxico. In March 2015, Delta and Aeroméxico entered into a joint cooperation agreement relating to flights between the United States and Mexico.

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.

South African Airways new Airbus A330-300 begins Washington, DC-Johannesburg route

South African Airways (SAA) has introduced its new Airbus A330-300 wide-body aircraft on the three-times weekly route between Washington, DC Dulles International Airport and Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport via Dakar, Senegal, the airline said.

The new A330-300s offer state-of-the-art technology, are environmentally friendly, and SAA customers enjoy the latest innovations in onboard comfort and amenities. In SAA´s seating configuration, the aircraft has the capacity for a total of 249 passengers, with 46 seats in Premium Business Class and 203 seats in Economy Class. An upgraded Premium Business Class product offers staggered seating in a 1-2-1 configuration, providing every passenger the convenience of direct aisle access.

Beginning in June 2017, SAA will also introduce the A330-300 on its four-weekly flights between Washington, DC, Accra, Ghana, and Johannesburg.

The latest and most advanced model of the Airbus A330-300 offers an increased maximum take-off weight of 242 tons and has an extended range of up to 6,350 nautical miles. This superior combination of payload and range will enable SAA to expand its route network in Africa and beyond. The A330-300 compliments SAA´s existing Airbus fleet of wide-body A340-600, A340-300, A330-200 and narrow-body A319 and A320 aircraft.

South African Airways (SAA) serves over 75 destinations worldwide in partnership with SA Express, Airlink, and its low cost carrier Mango. In North America, SAA operates daily nonstop flights from New York (JFK) and direct flights from Washington D.C. (IAD) via Accra, Ghana and Dakar, and Senegal to Johannesburg.

SAA has partnerships with United Airlines, Air Canada and JetBlue Airways, American Airlines and Virgin America, which offer convenient connections from more than 100 cities in the US and Canada to SAA´s flights. SAA is a Star Alliance member and the recipient of the Skytrax 4-Star rating for 14 consecutive years.

Southwest Airlines adds sparkling wine to onboard menu

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has added sparkling wine to the carrier´s onboard offerings, the company said.

In line with pricing for its current premium beverage assortment (spirits, beer, and wine), customers 21 years or older may purchase sparkling wine for USD 5 with a credit card or valid Southwest drink coupon.

In addition to beer, wine, and liquor, Southwest Airlines offers complimentary non-alcoholic refreshments such as soft drinks, juices, water, and coffee onboard all flights, along with peanuts and pretzels. Additionally, complimentary snack assortments are offered on longer-haul flights.

Dallas-based Southwest Airlines operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season. Its 53,000 employees serve more than 100 million customers annually. As of December 31, 2015, it operated 704 Boeing 737 aircraft.

Delta pays employees USD 1.1bn in profit sharing

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) has paid its employees USD 1.1bn in profit sharing for the third year in a row, the company said.

Delta employees earned the USD 1.1 billion payout for their role in delivering record-breaking operational, financial, and customer satisfaction performance. The airline has paid out nearly USD 5 billion through its profit sharing program over the past five years.

In addition to profit sharing, Delta´s Shared Rewards program pays out monthly bonuses for meeting corporate operational goals throughout the year. In 2016, Delta employees earned more than USD 90m in Shared Rewards as the company achieved history-making operational and financial results.

Employees will also receive a 6% raise in base pay in April, resulting in a total pay rate increase of 25% in two years.

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.

AirAsia selects IsItUp.com fixed asset solution

IsItUp.com, a mobile and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) fixed asset management platform has been appointed by AirAsia Berhad to optimise the management and life cycle of their fixed assets across all its operations, the company said.

Based in both Malaysia and Singapore, IsItUp.com is a platform that enables companies to track and manage company assets in a cost-effective and decentralised way across thousands of users and tens of thousands of assets. The service offers corporations a two-pronged approach to fixed asset management via its cloud platform, and through the value added service of helping companies organise their fixed assets data with advanced tracking technology.

AirAsia services over 100 destinations. Within 15 years of operations, AirAsia has carried more than 330 million guests and grown its fleet from 2 aircraft to over 170. The airline is an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) airline with established operations based in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, and Japan.

IsItUp.com was developed to provide enterprises with a complete, simple, unified mobile and cloud-based asset management solution. The company also offers onsite onboarding services, including tagging and uploading all asset information to their platform, and provides QR code asset tags as well as network scanning capabilities.

Intelsat increases broadband to planes, ships navigating Caribbean, North Atlantic routes

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) successfully launched its third satellite in the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput fleet, the Intelsat 32e, the company said.

Intelsat 32e satellite was launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from French Guiana. Signal acquisition has been confirmed.

Intelsat 32e is designed to overlay certain beams of Intelsat 29e, the company´s first Intelsat EpicNG spacecraft, increasing the throughput available in the highly-trafficked Caribbean and North Atlantic routes and providing resiliency for mobility network service providers servicing those shipping and air routes. The satellite is located at 317º East.

Intelsat´s Globalized Network combines its satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure and managed services to deliver video and broadband services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on the Intelsat Globalized Network to provide broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications, and mobility services.

Cathay Pacific, Synchrony Financial launch co-branded credit card with exclusive benefits for US travelers

Cathay Pacific Airways has launched the first Cathay Pacific Visa and Visa Signature cards, issued by Synchrony Bank, the company said.

The Cathay Pacific Visa card program offers US customers of Cathay Pacific Airways a wide range of travel perks on flights to all 173 destinations in 42 countries and territories served by the airline, along with the added flexibility of using the card for purchases anywhere Visa credit cards are accepted worldwide.

Cardholders can earn up to two Asia Miles per USD 1 spent on eligible purchases, and can earn 25,000 Asia Miles when they spend USD 2,500 or more in the first 90 days of opening their account, enough for a one-way upgrade on Cathay Pacific.

Additional card benefits are 1.5 Asia Miles per USD 1 spent on dining in the US and abroad, 1.5 Asia Miles per USD 1 spent on purchases made outside the US, and 1 Asia Mile per USD 1 spent on all other purchases made in the US.

Available redemption offers include use on Cathay Pacific, oneworld and partner airlines, as well as access to travel packages, multi-destination fares, purchases, and services.

Cathay Pacific Airways flies daily to Hong Kong and beyond, including over 22 destinations in Mainland China, from six cities in the US and two in Canada: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York (JFK), Newark Liberty, San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto.

Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) provides a range of credit products through programs established with a diverse group of national and regional retailers, local merchants, manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations, and healthcare service providers. The company offers private label and co-branded Dual Card credit cards, promotional financing and installment lending, loyalty programs, and FDIC-insured savings products through Synchrony Bank.

Teracore wins USD 31.5m TSA contract

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has awarded Teracore, Inc. a contract to provide systems engineering and technical assistance to the operations and engineering division (OED) of the TSA´s office of information technology, the company said.

OED provides IT infrastructure and technical support to all TSA sites, personnel and contractors. The mixed type, multiple year contract has a value of USD 31.5m.

Teracore will provide technical and operational oversight and advisory services for the IT infrastructure support contract within TSA´s portfolio to include ITIP Bridge, IMPACT, and DHS Data Center task orders. Task areas include quality assurance and oversight, technical and business operations support for cloud and as-a service, business and management support, and technical oversight support for cloud, XaaService, and data center migration activities.

Teracore is a VetBiz certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) headquartered in Atlanta, GA with offices in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The company provides process-driven management and enterprise IT consulting services across the federal US government.