JetBlue begins daily nonstop flights between Boston, Atlanta

JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) has announced the start service in Atlanta, the largest US city not already served by the airline, the company said.

The inaugural flight from Boston´s Logan International Airport (BOS) arrived at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) this morning, making Georgia´s capital city JetBlue´s 101st destination.

Atlanta becomes the 63rd nonstop destination from JetBlue´s Boston focus city. The addition of nonstop Atlanta service, which was the most requested destination by Boston travelers, is part of JetBlue´s plan to reach 200 daily flights at Logan in the coming years.

Hartsfield-Jackson welcomes nearly 35 million travelers to Atlanta each year.

Customers in both cities will benefit from five times daily service between Boston and Atlanta. Flights will be operated on JetBlue´s Airbus A320 aircraft.

JetBlue carries more than 38 million customers a year to 101 cities in the US, Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 1,000 daily flights.

Kaman expands stake in India joint venture from 26% to 49%

Kaman Aerospace Group, Inc. and Kineco Limited have jointly announced that Kaman has increased its stake in the parties´ Indian manufacturing joint venture Kineco Kaman Composites India Pvt. Ltd. (JV) to 49% from 26%, the companies said.

The Goa based JV manufactures advanced composite structures for aerospace, imaging/medical, and other industries for customers including BAE Systems, Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, and Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.

The joint venture employs more than 150 people at its composites manufacturing facility in Goa. The operation produces complex composite structures utilizing the latest carbon material and autoclave curing technology. The business has brought together Kaman´s manufacturing expertise and decades of aerospace composites fabrication experience with Kineco´s knowledge of local markets and advanced composites manufacturing capabilities.

Kaman Aerospace Group, a subsidiary of Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Kaman Corporation (NYSE-KAMN), produces and/or markets proprietary aircraft components, and complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military, and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The company provides aerostructure engineering design analysis and FAA certification services, safe and arm solutions for missile and bomb systems for the US and allied militaries, subcontracts helicopter work, and supports the company´s SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy lift helicopters.

Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Kaman Corporation conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets.

Kineco currently employs more than 150 people. It is a composites manufacturing company with a strong focus on the aerospace and defense industry. The company caters to a wide range of industries such as railways, mass transportation, marine, automotive, and industrial application besides aerospace and defense.

Chennai-based Helios Strategic Systems (I) Limited, a subsidiary of Indo National Limited, now holds a 51% stake in Kineco Limited.

CommutAir combines crew resources, scheduling under one director

CommutAir, a United Express carrier, has promoted Rene DeLange to Director of Crew Resources and Scheduling in response to the staffing needs prompted by their growing fleet, the company said.

The combining of the crew resources and the crew scheduling functions will facilitate the CommutAir´s rapid and sustained expansion plans. DeLange will oversee crew records, crew training, crew planning, and crew scheduling in order to provide a seamless process from the start of training to line flying. In his new capacity, he will report to Joel T. Raymond, COO.

DeLange´s previous role was Director of Airport Operations and Training.

CommutAir continues to hire in all areas, including pilots. They have created an industry leading pay and benefits package for pilots.

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

Honeywell engines attain 1 million hours of operation

Honeywell´s (NYSE: HON) F124 and F125 turbofan engine product lines, which are produced through the International Turbine Engine Company (ITEC) LLC joint venture, have reached the 1 million operating hour milestone across the various global fleets that utilize the advanced propulsion engines, the company said.

The F124 and F125 engines are designed in the US and produced and supported from Honeywell and ITEC´s facility in Phoenix, Arizona.

The F124 engine is a derivative of the F125 and is currently used on the Aero Vochchody L-159 ALCA operated by the Czech Air Force and Iraqi Air Force, as well as the Leonardo M-346 advanced jet trainer operated by the air forces of Israel, Singapore, Poland and Italy.

The F124 is also used on the twin-engine Leonardo T-100 advanced jet trainer, which is competing in the US Air Force (USAF) T-X trainer program, a 350-aircraft opportunity to replace the existing fleet of T-38 jet trainers in the USAF inventory.

The F124 is designed for a full range of flying scenarios. It is highly resistant to engine surges or stalls, and utilizes an automated full-authority digital engine control system to reduce pilot workload and help keep pilots focused on their mission of flying the aircraft.

Honeywell is a software-industrial company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace and automotive products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; and performance materials globally.

Alaska Airlines to be title sponsor of San Francisco's 'Bay to Breakers' race

Alaska Airlines will be the multi-year title sponsor of the iconic Bay to Breakers race, which will be renamed the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers race, Wasserman sports agency said.

Bay to Breakers, owned and operated by sports and entertainment agency Wasserman, is a San Francisco institution and the ultimate celebration of Bay Area culture. This year´s race will honor another iconic Bay Area event — the 50th anniversary of San Francisco´s “Summer of Love” movement, a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 young people promoting peace and new ideas converged in San Francisco´s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

Entering its 106th consecutive year, the event will take place on Sunday, May 21 with more than 40,000 participants racing from the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific Ocean, and hundreds of thousands of spectators, from all over the world.

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. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, customers can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

Wasserman, a culture-centric agency with roots in sports and entertainment, has evolved beyond those categories. It is an agency not just of advisors, but of creators, developers, influencers, and innovators who work across music, art, entertainment, social, tech, content, and beyond. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Wasserman also operates in Carlsbad, Doha, Dubai, London, Miami, New York, Portland, Raleigh, São Paulo, The Hague, and Toronto.

Safran Nacelles selects VP – Customer Support, Services

Olivier Savin has been appointed as Safran Nacelles´ Vice President – Customer Support & Services, heading the company´s global network for airlines and aircraft operators utilizing its product line of Safran jet engine nacelles, the company said.

He replaces Philippe Couteaux, who has assumed new responsibilities elsewhere in the Safran group.

Savin has been a member of the Safran group since 1992, holding multiple management assignments for engine programs at CFM International, as well as several other group subsidiaries in the areas of maintenance, repair, spares, and after-sales service.

Safran is an international high-technology group with three core businesses: aerospace (propulsion and equipment), defence, and security. Operating worldwide, the group has 70,000 employees and generated sales of EUR 17.4bn in 2015.

Safran Nacelles is a supplier of aircraft engine nacelles, with more than 17,000 in service, logging over 100,000 flight-hours per day. It supplies nacelles and components for all segments of the aviation market, from business and regional jets to mainline commercial jets.

Airborne Wireless Network applies for FCC experimental license

Airborne Wireless Network (OTCQB: ABWN) has filed for an experimental Federal Communication Commission (FCC) license to begin air-to-air and air-to-ground meshed network system evaluations, the company said.

Once approved, this license will allow the company to begin ground and flight radio frequency transmission testing of its patented technology, the Infinitus Super Highway.

The demonstration system has been lab tested at one of Airborne Wireless Network´s contracted partner facilities. The company will now take these successful results to its test bed Boeing 757 aircraft for ground fitting, testing on the tarmac, and eventual flight evaluation.

During this flight demonstration, the company intends to pass broadband data between airborne aircraft and a ground station, demonstrating the air-to-air and air-to-ground meshed network.

Once implemented, the Infinitus Super Highway will be an air-to-air communication system that should provide low-cost, broadband wireless communication infrastructure from points-to-points, accomplished by using and modifying existing, small, lightweight low-power, low-cost relay station equipment onboard commercial airline aircraft. When implemented, it will provide broadband wireless communication services for customers in-flight as well as customers on land, along the line-of-sight ranges of flight path from the commercial airline aircraft.

Simi Valley, California-based Airborne Wireless Network, a developmental stage company, focuses on developing, marketing, and licensing a wholesale fully-meshed high-speed broadband airborne wireless network that will enable participating aircraft to act as airborne repeaters or routers, sending and receiving broadband signals from one aircraft to the next.

Fiji Airways changes SFO flights from seasonal to year-round, increases peak season frequency

Fiji Airways has extended its seasonal non-stop San Francisco — Nadi (Fiji) flights to a year-round service, following a successful first year of operations, the airline said.

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) to Fiji (NAN) services first launched in June 2016 and will resume with the extended service in June 2017. The new year-round service between SFO and NAN will operate twice a week, increasing to three times a week in the high season from June through August and in December.

Operated using Fiji Airways´ A330 aircraft, the 10-hour non-stop flights offer both Economy and Business Class travel options. All Fiji Airways flights are full-service and include checked and carry-on baggage, in-flight entertainment, meals and alcoholic beverages.

Fiji Airways Group is comprised of Fiji Airways and its subsidiaries, Fiji Link, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi.

From its hubs at Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 64 destinations in 13 countries (including code-share). The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64% of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD 815m (USD 390m). Fiji Airways rebranded from Air Pacific in June 2013.

Binter joins Bombardier family of CRJ1000 operators

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft has welcomed Spain-based Binter to the family of CRJ1000 operators, the company said.

Bonter will expand its network with the newest CRJ1000 aircraft under a leasing agreement with Air Nostrum of Valencia, Spain. The CRJ1000 aircraft was delivered to Air Nostrum on March 30, 2017. The aircraft delivery increases Air Nostrum´s fleet of CRJ Series regional jets to 36 – including 19 CRJ1000.

The CRJ1000 regional jet, which has the highest passenger capacity in the family, delivers the lowest seat-mile cost in the regional jet market and burns up to 13% less fuel than its competitors.

In North America alone, the CRJ Series family accounts for over 20% of all jet departures. Globally, the family operates more than 200,000 flights per month. It includes over 100 owners and operators in 49 countries, and the worldwide fleet has logged more than 45 million flight hours. To date, Bombardier has booked firm orders for 1,912 CRJ Series aircraft.

Montréal, Canada-based Bombardier (TSX: BBD.A, BBD.B; OTCQX: BDRBF) is a manufacturer of both planes and trains. Together with its subsidiaries, it manufactures and sells transportation equipment worldwide. The company operates in four segments: business aircraft, commercial aircraft, aerostructures and engineering services, and transportation. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, the company posted revenues of USD 16.3bn.

Aviation Capital converts from corporation to LLC

Aviation Capital Group has converted its form of entity from a Delaware corporation to a Delaware limited liability company (LLC), the group said.

Aviation Capital Group Corp. is now doing business under its updated name, Aviation Capital Group LLC (ACG), a Delaware LLC.

Khanh T. Tran, CEO of ACG, notes that “The conversion to an LLC structure increases our equity base, thereby strengthening our balance sheet and allowing us to continue to grow and execute on our business plan, while at the same time providing a more tax efficient structure for our parent, Pacific Life.

Aviation Capital Group is a full service aircraft asset manager with approximately 413 owned, managed, and committed aircraft, which are leased to roughly 100 airlines in approximately 45 countries. ACG was founded in 1989 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Company.