United Polaris business class named finalist in Crystal Cabin awards

United Airlines was named a finalist for a Crystal Cabin Award in recognition of the airline´s United Polaris business class, the airline said.

The only international award for excellence in aircraft interior innovation, the Crystal Cabin Awards are the standard by which airlines, manufacturers, suppliers and engineering firms are judged on their innovations in cabin interior design.

United is one of three finalists in the Cabin Concepts category, which recognizes complete cabins already in existence. The winner will be announced on April 4 during the annual Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany. A record 85 innovators from 21 countries were included on this year´s previously announced awards shortlist.

United conducted more than 12,000 hours of research, and sleep emerged as the single most important priority for international business class travelers. United Polaris business class features a sleep-enhancing experience for intercontinental travelers.

With a focus on providing a more tranquil journey, the new cabin design, currently available on United´s 777-300ER fleet, features LED mood-lighting to complement sleep and assist with time-zone changes as well as textured and softer touch materials, which provide a more premium feel, and absorb aircraft noise and other sound within the cabin. Each United Polaris seat offers direct access to the aisle, 180-degree flat-bed recline and up to 6 foot 6 inches of bed space.

United Airlines and United Express operate more than 4,500 flights a day to 339 airports across five continents. In 2016, United and United Express operated more than 1.6 million flights carrying more than 143 million customers. The airline operates 737 mainline aircraft and its United Express partners operate 483 regional aircraft, and is a founding member of Star Alliance, which provides service to 192 countries via 28 member airlines.

New Flight Charters reports YoY increases in charter activity, demand

New Flight Charters has announced an 8.4% year-over-year increase in number of charters for 2016, the company said.

New Flight Charters´ growth in 2016 saw charter demand generally moving from turboprop charters to jet charters, and an overall movement from smaller to larger aircraft. The demand for turboprop charters decreased 19.1%, while the demand for jet charters overall increased 21.4%. The number of light jet charters grew 12.7%, midsize jet charters leaped 37.4%, and the demand for large cabin jets climbed 21.4%.

January 2017 charters continue the trend, with a decline in turboprop demand, offset by a rise in jet charter demand overall, particularly in the light jet and large cabin jet categories.

The company, while seeing growth in charters nationwide, attributes additional results to its specific initiatives in the Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming areas.

Jackson Hole Jet Charter is the company´s local resource for private charter information and flying to and from Jackson Hole and the northern Rockies. Featured are Jackson Hole specials, regional empty legs, and a regional charter aircraft listing with access to aircraft transient at Jackson Hole Airport.

Launched in 2016, Jet Charter Colorado is the only resource with all 104 charter aircraft based in the state from 34 FAA certified operators, along with one-way pricing aircraft available to and from Colorado. Featured are all local and regional charter aircraft, discount empty legs to and from Colorado, and the company´s Best Price Guarantee for every charter.

New Flight Charters arranges private domestic and international flights with top-rated operator aircraft along with its Best Price Guarantee, top aircraft availability, industry empty legs list, and a perfect safety history. The jet charter company handles 1,400 flights annually nationwide and serves a wide variety of clientele.

Mokulele Flight Service selects Embark Aviation for revenue management support

Embark Aviation has formed a partnership with Kona, Hawai´i-based Mokulele Flight Service, Inc. to support revenue management functions of Mokulele´s scheduled network, the company said.

Specific support will include development of annual revenue plan and forecasting, market performance reporting and KPIs to facilitate planning, and development and implementation of yield management and pricing strategies.

With offices Washington DC and Seattle, Washington, Embark Aviation is an airline planning and strategy firm that specializes in the management of commercial functions for regional and boutique airlines. This includes airline revenue management, scheduling, route planning, financial planning, marketing strategy, and market development.

Mokulele has been in business since 1994 and is based at the Kona International Airport with approximately 250 employees. Mokulele operates 15 late model Cessna Grand Caravans and offers over 120 daily flights between 9 airports on O´ahu, Maui, Moloka´i, and Hawaii and in California between LAX, Imperial, and Santa Maria.

Qatar Airways debuts new business class suites

Qatar Airways has unveiled its new Business Class experience to the world´s media and travel trade leaders, the company said.

The customizable private suites, named QSuite, introduce a host of firsts to Premium Class travel. QSuite features the industry´s first-ever double bed available in Business Class, with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room. Adjustable panels and movable TV monitors on the center four seats allows colleagues, friends or families traveling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialize together.

To further complement the customizable on-board seating experience, Qatar Airways is also launching a new food and beverage concept. In addition to the existing ´dine on demand´ service, the new Business Class menu will offer a selection of snack ´sharing dishes´ available throughout the flight. A wake-up Express Breakfast will also be available.

Qatar Airways has also launched a completely new next-generation user interface of its inflight entertainment platform, Oryx One, making it easier to surf content and choose from up to 3,000 entertainment options.

Qatar Airways, based in Doha´s Hamad International Airport, is the national carrier of the State of Qatar.It has a modern fleet of 194 aircraft flying to more than 150 key business and leisure destinations across six continents. Th carrier is a member of the oneworld global alliance, enabling its passengers to benefit from more than 1,000 airports in more than 150 countries, with 14,250 daily departures.

Gogo installs 3,000th commercial aircraft with in-flight connectivity

Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) has reached a major milestone by installing its 3,000th commercial aircraft with in-flight connectivity, the company said.

Today, the company has 3,000 commercial aircraft and more than 4,200 business aircraft, totaling 7,200 aircraft installed. More than 130 of the 3,000 commercial aircraft are now installed with Gogo´s industry leading 2Ku technology that leverages Gogo´s global satellite network.

Most of the 7,200 aircraft are connected using Gogo´s North American ground network, but an increasing number of commercial aircraft are now flying on Gogo´s global satellite network.

2Ku relies on the new low profile, high efficiency Ku-band satellite antennas that outperform other connectivity solutions in the global aviation market. Since the announcement of Gogo´s 2Ku technology, 12 airlines representing more than 1500 aircraft have signed up for the service. Nearly all of these aircraft are expected to be installed by the end of 2018.

Gogo connects aircraft, providing its airlines partners with the world´s most powerful network and platform to help optimize their operations. The company has partnerships with 16 commercial airlines. Gogo also is a factory option at every major business aircraft manufacturer. The company has more than 1,000 employees and is headquartered in Chicago, IL, with additional facilities in Broomfield, CO, and various locations overseas.

CyPhy Works, Pilot Thomas Logistics partner to bring UAVs to oil and gas industry

CyPhy Works, Inc. and Pilot Thomas Logistics have come together to provide Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), aka drone, services to customers in the oil and gas industry using CyPhy´s Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system, the leading persistent drone with recorded flights of 200+ hours, the companies said.

CyPhy Works is a leading drone company focused on developing innovative aerial platforms to support a multitude of industries including energy, defense, public safety, agriculture, logistics, marine, mining power and transportation.

Fort Worth, Texas-based Pilot Thomas Logistics is a provider of fuel, lubricants, and chemicals to the energy, marine, mining and industrial markets throughout North America. The company delivers logistics solutions with 1,500 specialized trucks and trailers, 30 marine barges and vessels, and the industry-leading network of fuel and lubricant terminals, storage, equipment and warehouses.

Aviall, Rolls-Royce extend distribution agreement to 2026

Dallas, Texas-based Aviall, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, has extended its exclusive worldwide distribution agreement with Rolls-Royce to provide spare parts product support for Rolls-Royce M250 and RR300 engines, the company said.

The global agreement, which extends to December 31, 2026, includes Aviall´s distribution of M250 and RR300 spare parts, exchange material and modules and electronic publications along with the newly-added approval to sell new and used engines. Under this agreement, Aviall will also continue its responsibility for parts sales and marketing, forecasting, inventory, order fulfillment and supply-chain administration.

Aviall also partners with the Rolls-Royce Fully Integrated Rolls-Royce Service Team (FIRST) network through its website to provide a variety of services for M250 and RR300 customers. Additional services include parts repair, maintenance and warranty support at Rolls-Royce authorized engine overhaul shops and service facilities.

Aviall operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, supporting both commercial and defense business units within Boeing. Aviall is a leading solutions provider of aftermarket supply-chain management services for the aerospace and defense industries.

Aviall is a provider of new aviation parts and related aftermarket services. The company markets and distributes products for more than 240 manufacturers and offers approximately 2 million catalog items from 40 customer service centers in North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. Aviall also provides maintenance for aviation batteries, wheel and brakes, as well as hose assembly, kitting and paint-mixing services. The company offers a complete set of supply-chain and logistics services, including order processing, stocking and fulfillment, automated inventory management and reverse logistics to OEMs and customers.

Waypoint leases AW139 to Air Born Indonesia

Waypoint Leasing Limited has closed a lease agreement with PT. Air Born Indonesia (Air Born) for one Leonardo AW139 helicopter previously operated by CHC, which will go on long-term lease in support of mining operations in Indonesia, the company said.

Since its inception in 2013, Waypoint has been active in supporting oil and gas, utility, firefighting and other industrial-focused helicopter operators. This transaction will further diversify Waypoint´s activity into the utility support segment. Waypoint currently has 22 aircraft on lease to utility operators globally.

Air Born Indonesia is a national air charter company established in 2010 to provide air transportation services in support of mining, oil and gas, MedEvac, and Aerial Survey operations.

Waypoint´s portfolio includes more than 140 aircraft for 28 customers in 30 countries with total assets in excess of USD 1.6 billion. Additionally, Waypoint has firm and option orders with aircraft manufacturers for more than 110 helicopters valued at more than USD 1.3 billion, to be delivered over the next five years.

Waypoint is a global helicopter leasing company that provides operating lease and financing solutions to helicopter operators worldwide. Headquartered in Limerick, Ireland, the company has offices in London, the United States, Canada, Singapore, Brazil, South Africa, and Australia.

CSSI awarded USD 7m VIDS task order

CSSI has been awarded a task order valued at more than USD 7m to perform work in Charleston, SC under its prime Air Traffic Control Engineering and Technical Support Services contract.

This task order, for National Airspace System Modernization Program Visual Information Display System (VIDS) Product and Integration Support, is expected to last four years and CSSI will add 13 employees to its Charleston office to support US Navy customers.

The Navy VIDS system is one element of the US Navy NAS Modernization Program and is installed in all US Navy and Marine Corp Air Stations as well as the Naval Air Technical Training Center. CSSI will be supporting the program with Engineering Design, Development, Production, Integration, and R&D Support for upgrades to the VIDS system.

CSSI, Inc. partners with government and commercial clients to ensure transportation systems are designed and equipped to safely and efficiently move people and materials. Leveraging deep roots in aviation, CSSI, Inc. pioneers innovative analytics and best practices that improve reliability, maximize capacity and increase safety. Founded in 1990, CSSI, Inc. is based in Washington, DC and supports clients throughout the United States and globally.

QinetiQ North America wins USD 3m AFLCMC contract for wind profiling technology

Waltham, Massachusetts-based QinetiQ North America (QNA) has received a USD 3m contract from the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) for its Wind Profiling Portable Radar (WiPPR) technology, the company said.

WiPPR provides near real-time precision wind measurements which will enable C-130 and C-17 aircrews to airdrop critical supplies more accurately and quickly to US ground forces in austere locations.

Under the contract, QNA will design and build a prototype airborne WiPPR unit that will be tested to demonstrate accurate wind measurement in near real-time. Airborne WiPPR is based on QNA´s commercially available ground based WiPPR Wind-Profiling Portable Radar technology. WiPPR systems are available for research, weather, and commercial wind markets worldwide.

QNA has a long history of providing operational systems to the US military that provide local meteorological data in support of critical operations including airdrop. WiPPR is the next step in this operational capability.

QinetiQ North America is a subsidiary of QinetiQ Group plc (LSE:QQ.L). QNA delivers technology and products to the defense, security, commercial, utility, and transportation markets. Customers rely on its products to increase situational awareness, aid in personal safety, enhance security, and streamline operations. The company´s products include unmanned systems, military protection, power sensors and control systems and transportation safety solutions. QNA operates as the US arm of QinetiQ Group´s Global Products division.