Vacation Express nonstop flights from Newark to Cancun, Punta Cana

Vacation Express is offering all-inclusive vacation packages with seasonal, nonstop flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Cancun and Punta Cana, the company said.

Weekly service to Cancun is currently available every Saturday through August 19, 2017, while flights to Punta Cana are scheduled to take-off every Sunday from April 9 to August 20, 2017.

Flights to Cancun will be operated by Volaris on an A320 series aircraft. Flights to Punta Cana will be operated by Dominican Wings on an A320.

Atlanta, Georgia-based Vacation Express, part of Sunwing Travel Group, is a tour operator specializing in quality, affordable vacation packages to over 30 destinations in the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica, Cuba.

Honeywell to deliver 10 new engines to Eagle Copters in 2017

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) will deliver a total of 10 HTS900 helicopter engines to Eagle Copters Ltd. in 2017, the company said.

Using design and engineering licensed from Bell Helicopter, Honeywell and Eagle Copters launched the Eagle 407HP program to improve the performance of existing Bell 407 helicopters by replacing the standard engine with the Honeywell HTS900 engine. Under the partnership, Honeywell provides the HTS900 engine and configuration while Eagle Copters provides the aircraft, performs the engine installation, and handles flight-testing and certification.

Eagle Copters placed a new order for eight additional engines in January 2017, adding to the two engines from a previous order, which are scheduled for delivery in the second quarter.

The Honeywell HTS900 is a new engine design that provides an additional 500 pounds of payload, improved dash speed, and 12% lower maintenance costs compared with the original Bell 407.

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.

Ball Aerospace, Spire Global collaborate on Arctic Maritime Domain Awareness

Ball Aerospace and Spire Global, Inc. are collaborating on a program on behalf of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to improve Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) in the Arctic, the companies said.

Together, Ball and Spire are developing a data collection and analysis platform that monitors maritime traffic in the Arctic, which will enable improved awareness of vessel activity and behaviors.

In association with NGA, Ball and Spire will leverage two existing commercial capabilities to create accurate, near real-time pictures of maritime activity in the Arctic. Spire´s constellation of nanosatellites capture Automatic Identification System (AIS) vessel tracking data over the most remote parts of the globe. The AIS data is then ingested into Ball´s cloud-based data analytics architecture and fused with other commercial Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) data to yield detailed profiles of vessel activity and establish benchmarks in vessel behavior.

NGA ensures safety of navigation in the air and on the seas by maintaining the most current information and highest quality services for US military forces and global transport networks. With ship traffic through Arctic routes projected to grow 250 percent by 2025 due to melting polar ice, the collaboration between Ball and Spire addresses a critical gap in monitoring maritime vessel patterns.

Ball Aerospace (NYSE: BLL) pioneers discoveries that enable our customers to perform beyond expectation and protect what matters most. We create innovative space solutions, enable more accurate weather forecasts, drive insightful observations of our planet, deliver actionable data and intelligence, and ensure those who defend our freedom go forward bravely and return home safely.

Spire Global is a leading player in the nanosatellite sector, building the world´s most advanced, constantly refreshed constellation. Spire´s solutions offer organizations insights into aircraft tracking, weather & climate, shipping & supply chain and maritime domain awareness. This network of nanosatellites senses the ¾ of the planet inaccessible to most current systems which rely largely on land-based remote sensing.

Hughes chosen for General Atomics Aeronautical "Type-Certifiable" Predator B RPA Platform

Hughes Network Systems, LLC Defense and Intelligence and Systems Division (DISD) has been awarded a contract by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to work with the company to provide satellite communications on the “Type-Certifiable” Predator® B (TCPB) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system, which provides the basis for the United Kingdom´s Protector programme, the company said.

A variant of the proven multi-mission Predator B, the new SkyGuardian aircraft will provide a next-generation capability, integrating enhanced safety and reliability systems that will enable RPA flight within civilian airspace, along with an increased payload capacity that will support a wide variety of mission sets.

Working with GA-ASI, Hughes is upgrading the aircraft´s satellite communications system with customized airborne Hughes HM series modems. The advanced modems will enable a significant increase in data transfer rates, employing an enhanced waveform that ensures resilient and secure communications when operating in challenging environments.

The new aircraft is designed to be compliant with NATO and UK airworthiness requirements, supporting easy integration into segregated and non-segregated civil airspace operations around the world.

Hughes Network Systems provides broadband satellite technology and services for home and office. Its high-speed satellite Internet service, HughesNet, serves over 1m residential and business customers across North America and Brazil.

Volaris reports passenger growth of 14%

During February 2017 Volaris (NYSE: VLRS, BMV: VOLAR) increased total capacity, as measured in Available Seat Miles (ASMs), by 17.0% year over year, the airline said.

Total demand, as measured in Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs), in February 2017 increased 12.6% year over year, reaching 1.1 billion. Volaris transported a total of 1.2 million passengers during the month, an increase of 13.7% year over year. Year-to-date, Volaris has transported over 2.6 million passengers, an increase of 19.6% year over year.

In February 2017, Volaris increased domestic and international ASMs by 14.0% and 24.3%, respectively. Network load factor for February was 80.2%.

Volaris is an ultra-low-cost carrier, with point-to-point operations, serving Mexico, the United States, and Central America. Since beginning operations in March 2006, Volaris has increased its routes from five to more than 161 and its fleet from four to 69 aircraft. The airline offers more than 332 daily flight segments on routes that connect 40 cities in Mexico and 75 cities in the United States and Central America.

Air France KLM, others choose Coursera online learning platform

Coursera has announced growth of its enterprise platform Coursera for Business with a new set of customers in the European market, including include Air France KLM, Criteo, Gemalto,, Unicredit and Telenor, the company said.

Coursera for Business enables companies to utilize high-quality online learning content, created by 150 top universities, to address their rapidly-evolving workforce development needs. The adoption of Coursera for Business across leading European industry verticals underlines the growing trend among organizations toward embracing next-generation workforce development solutions.

The need for continuous workplace learning and development has never been more apparent or widespread. In today´s ever-shifting technology landscape, industry specific skills can go from relevant to obsolete in a short timespan. Companies are heavily investing in upskilling their workforces to stay competitive, and Western Europe alone now spends USD 8bn on e-learning.

Coursera is an online education company that offers courses and learning experiences from top universities and education institutions. The company has more than 24 million registered learners worldwide who can access over 2,000 courses and specializations in dozens of topics including business, data, technology, social sciences, health and art.

Garmin enhances G500H glass flight display in Robinson R44 helicopters

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), has launched a series of enhancements and an expanded feature set for Garmin´s G500H glass flight display STC in Robinson R44 helicopters, the company said.

Pilots flying behind the G500H in the R44 will experience a faster, more responsive and modernized flight display, alongside a number of additional features that improve situational awareness and bring new capabilities to this system using a Garmin-held STC.

Features such as advanced Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) integration including TargetTrend and TerminalTraffic, geo-referenced FliteCharts, Smart Airspace and more provide R44 operators flying with the G500H glass flight display even more state-of-the-art capabilities that reduce overall pilot workload.

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd., which is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico passenger traffic up 10.9%

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE:PAC) (BMV:GAP) has reported preliminary terminal passenger traffic figures for the month of February 2017, compared to traffic figures for February 2016, the company said.

During February 2017, total terminal passengers increased 10.9% in the Company´s 13 airports, compared to the same period of the previous year. Domestic passenger traffic increased by 14.9%, while international passenger traffic increased by 6.3%.

February 2017 figures are not exactly comparable to February 2016 figures, nor are the accumulated traffic figures for 2017 versus 2016 exactly comparable since 2016 was a leap year and therefore included an extra day of operations.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP) operates 12 airports throughout Mexico´s Pacific region, including the major cities of Guadalajara and Tijuana, the four tourist destinations of Puerto Vallarta, Los Cabos, La Paz and Manzanillo, and six other mid-sized cities: Hermosillo, Guanajuato, Morelia, Aguascalientes, Mexicali and Los Mochis.

Sabre Airline Solutions president to step down

Sabre Corporation (Nasdaq: SABR) reported that Hugh Jones, executive vice president and president of Sabre Airline Solutions, will be leaving the company in August 2017, the company said.

Jones has led Airline Solutions since 2011, during which time Sabre has launched dozens of new technology capabilities to support its growing roster of global airlines, nearly doubling the size of the Airline Solutions business during that time. He joined Sabre after holding several key finance positions at American Airlines, and during his tenure at Sabre, Jones held executive positions at Travel Network and Travelocity before taking over as president of Airline Solutions.

Sabre Corporation is the leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre´s software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management.

Construction Company Got Smart with the Purchase of a Lancair Jet and Saved Big Money

Aero and Marine Tax Professionals recently assisted James Henson, owner of Henson Construction, in supporting a claim for a use tax exemption on the purchase of a Lancair jet, saving them approximately USD 150,000 in aircraft tax, the company said.

“The purchase of an aircraft was an important business decision,” stated Henson. “I own a construction company and review work all over the western United States. My company deals with high density multi-family for sale/for rent and single family homes. I have to get to locations in multiple states in a quick and timely manner. Major airports don´t always exist in these areas and so commercial travel was not a viable option.”

Aero and Marine Tax Professionals was recommended to Henson by his flight instructor.

Aero and Marine Tax Professionals shows purchasers how to avoid aircraft tax and vessel tax in California and to make certain the full value of their next aircraft, vehicle, or vessel goes into their pocket– not the government´s. They have successfully filed hundreds of tax returns with the State Board of Equalization.