Air Incheon awards B737-400 passenger-to-freighter conversion contract to PEMCO

PEMCO World Air Services has announced an agreement with South Korea-based Air Incheon for the passenger-to-freighter (P-to-F) conversion of one B737-400 aircraft, the company said.

Air Incheon, currently operating one PEMCO-converted B737-400, will take redelivery of its latest aircraft in Q3 2017.

Air Incheon´s B737-400 PEMCO-converted aircraft features a custom cargo loading system, up to 48,000 pounds of payload, and 4,600 cubic feet of total volume under PEMCO´s supplemental type certificate. The optimized center of gravity of PEMCO´s B737-400 freighter yields the highest possible usable payload and retains maximum best-in-class fuel efficiency for unbeatable range and operating economics.

PEMCO´s 60-plus customers select the company´s passenger-to-freighter conversion for its superior cargo door and system, operating functions, on-time turnaround, and a track record of 2 million hours of safe, reliable operation.

Air Incheon, the first all-cargo airline in Korea, specializes in perishables, machinery, and dangerous goods. The company is highly focused on serving the Russia Far East market, in addition to local routes to Japan, China, and Mongolia.

PEMCO World Air Services, an Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services (AMES) company, serves customers from airlines to private operators. Having developed over 70 STCs and modified over 350 aircraft and with conversion partnerships in China, Costa Rica and Canada, PEMCO´s cargo conversion program is a leader in narrow-body passenger-to-freighter aircraft conversions.

PEMCO and AMES, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Air Transport Services Group (NASDAQ: ATSG), offer 320,000 sq. ft. of hangar space in Tampa, Florida and 315,000 sq. ft. of hangar space in Wilmington, Ohio. Together, they provide a range of services to the aviation sector including heavy maintenance, line maintenance, cargo conversions, engineering services, material sales and manufacturing.

TESSCO products recognized as part of One Innovation Showcase

TESSCO Technologies (NASDAQ: TESS) and Wireless Design & Development have announced the winners of the 2017 Innovation Awards as part of their TESSCO One Innovation Showcase and Conference, which is taking place in Nashville, Tennessee on April 4-5.

TESSCO and Wireless Design & Development magazine co-sponsored the awards and a panel of judges made up of TESSCO experts and the magazine´s editor-in-chief, Janine Mooney, chose seven winners from more than four dozen entries across the wireless industry.

The winning products were Comba Telecom´s CriticalPointPublic Safety Bidirectional Antenna, DragonWave´s Harmony Enhanced MC, GEAR4´s D3O Piccadilly Case, Jabra´s Elite Sport Wireless Earbuds, Leef´s iBridge 3, Sabre Industries´ SmartStack small cell pole, and weBoost´s Drive 4G-X signal booster. Each winner was presented with a plaque and their product was displayed at the show.

The TESSCO One Innovation Showcase and Conference is an annual industry event where professionals from a wide range of wireless markets and sectors gather for informational sessions, networking opportunities, hands-on access to new technology, keynote speeches, training opportunities, and more.

TESSCO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: TESS) is a value-added technology distributor, manufacturer, and solutions provider. TESSCO was founded more than 30 years ago with a commitment to deliver industry-leading products, knowledge, solutions, and customer service and supports customers in the public and private sector.

Wireless Design & Development reaches wireless design engineering professionals across the wireless broadband, telecom, cellular & satellite communications, military/aerospace, consumer electronics, automotive electronics, medical equipment, industrial, and test equipment industries.

Avolon acquires CIT Group aircraft leasing business for USD 10.38bn

Avolon Holdings Limited has completed the acquisition of the aircraft leasing business of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), the company said.

With this transaction, Avolon is currently the world´s third largest aircraft leasing company with a combined fleet, as of 31 December, 2016, of 868 aircraft valued at over USD 43bn. The company now serves 149 customers in 62 countries with approximately one third of in-service aircraft leased into each of the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific regions, providing balanced geographic exposure.

Avolon´s financial advisors for the transaction were UBS Investment Bank and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Clifford Chance LLP and Maples and Calder acted as Avolon´s legal advisors. KPMG and E&Y also advised on the transaction.

Headquartered in Ireland, with offices in the United States, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Avolon provides aircraft leasing and lease management services. The company is a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Bohai Capital Holding Co., Ltd.

Bohai Capital Holding Co., Ltd. is a Chinese public company that owns a portfolio of world class equipment and transportation asset leasing companies and is a majority controlled subsidiary of the HNA Group.

Dizzion becomes part of inContact inCloud Ecosystem of Partners

Dizzion, a provider of end user computing solutions and virtual desktops, has joined the inContact inCloud Ecosystem (iCE), the company said.

The inCloud Ecosystem facilitates development of inContact integrations and will give inContact customers easy access to Dizzion´s end user computing solutions including virtual desktops, secure endpoints, application delivery, compliance and more. inContact has been repeatedly recognized as a contact center software industry leader by analyst firms like Gartner, IDC and Frost & Sullivan.

inContact´s suite of solutions can easily be implemented on Dizzion´s high performance, high availability virtual desktops, allowing for a more flexible and secure work environment that is ideal for contact centers, particularly those utilizing work at home agents. Combined, Dizzion and inContact allow contact center agents to access the applications they need from anywhere, on any device without sacrificing quality or speed.

Dizzion´s virtual desktop solutions are used by contact centers and service providers alike to respond to seasonal demand, enable work at home employees, meet compliance requirements, and strengthen overall data security. Combined with inContact´s solutions, they can support a cloud first strategy that enables greater business agility, scalability, and faster speed to revenue.

Established in 2011, Dizzion brings the power of cloud computing to the desktop by enabling employees to securely access their applications and data from any device, anytime, anywhere. Dizzion´s proprietary managed desktop service is built on enterprise technology that includes infrastructure, software licensing, management, support and security for a monthly fee. Dizzion is a privately held company based in Denver, Colorado.

inContact is the cloud contact center software leader, with the most complete, easiest and most reliable solution to help organizations achieve their customer experience goals.

NCI Q4 revenue down slightly YoY

NCI, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCIT), a provider of information technology and professional services and solutions to US Federal Government agencies, today announced its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

NCI reported revenue for the fourth quarter of USD 77.5m and GAAP diluted earnings per share of USD 0.08 compared with revenue of USD 84.0m and GAAP diluted earnings per share of USD 0.26, as restated, for the year-ago quarter.

For the year ended December 31, 2016, revenues were USD 322.4m and GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) were USD 0.69, compared with revenues of USD 333.1m and GAAP diluted EPS of USD 0.89, as restated, for the year ended December 31, 2015.

Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2016, decreased by 3.2% to USD 322.4m, principally due to contracts that ended during the year; lower revenue on several recently won recompetes; reductions in staffing and scope of work on other contracts; and delayed revenue on new contracts awarded in 2016.

The decrease was partially offset by higher revenues derived under the PEO Soldier program, the CNOSS program and new contract awards in 2016.

NCI is a provider of enterprise solutions and services to US defense, intelligence, health and civilian government agencies. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, NCI has approximately 2,000 employees operating at more than 100 locations worldwide.

ROTAK Helicopter Services orders 2 K-MAX aircraft from Kaman

Kaman Aerosystems, a division of Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN), has reported that ROTAK Helicopter Services of Anchorage, Alaska has placed orders for two K-MAX helicopters with deliveries expected in 2018, the company said.

The single-engine, single-seat K-MAX received Federal Aviation Administration certification in 1994. It is a rugged low-maintenance aircraft that features a counter-rotating rotor system and is optimized for external load operations and designed specifically for vertical reference flight. The aircraft can lift up to 6,000 pounds (2,722 kg).

Kaman Aerosystems is a division of the Aerospace Segment of Bloomfield, Connecticut-based Kaman Corporation (NYSE:KAMN) which conducts business in the aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company is a distributor of industrial parts, and operates approximately 240 customer service centers and 5 distribution centers across the US and Puerto Rico.

Kaman offers more than 4 million items and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally, the company provides engineering, design and support for automation, electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies, repair, fluid analysis and motor management.

Workato partners with RingCentral

Workato, an enterprise-class integration and automation platform, has partnered with RingCentral, a provider of enterprise cloud communications and collaboration solutions, to deliver unified customer experiences by enabling businesses to integrate RingCentral into their business workflows, the company said.

The partnership is the first to provide 360-degree access to customer data across apps, solving customer issues faster and automating sales processes to improve sales productivity.

Workato, a leader in cloud and on-premise automation and a no-code integration platform, enables you to seamlessly integrate with thousands of apps to automate your workflows. Trusted by over 15,000 customers, it is the only platform that provides an agile, self-service way to integrate your Marketing, Sales, Customer Support, DevOps and ITOps stacks for all types of businesses – SMBs to Fortune 500 companies.

Delta Private Jets provides Porsche SUVs to customers for transfers at select airports

Delta Private Jets-branded Porsche SUVs will provide complimentary transfer service at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International (CVG), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International (ATL), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), and Los Angeles International (LAX) airports, the company said.

Delta Private Jets Card members making connections between private and commercial flights at those airports will be greeted at the private plane by a driver, ride in the Porsche to the main terminal, and be escorted and expedited through security by Delta agents to the connecting flight.

In addition to its partnership with Porsche, Delta Private Jets is the only private jet company affiliated with a major commercial airline, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL). Jet Card members connecting between Delta Private Jets flights and commercial flights of Delta Air Lines in major North American hubs and markets may be eligible to receive the complimentary transfer rides in Porsche SUVs.

Delta Private Jets, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL), provides aircraft charter services, aircraft management, and the Delta Private Jets Card. The company also operates the Delta Jet Center, a fixed base operation at CVG, as well as the Tech Service Center, a comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. The company has more than 70 Wi-Fi equipped light, mid-size, super-midsize, and large aircraft in its fleet. Flights are operated by Delta Private Jets, Inc., an FAA-certificated Part 135 air carrier, or by another FAA-certificated Part 135 or Part 121 air carrier.

Atlanta, Georgia-based Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive US importer of Porsche 911, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman sports cars, Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and Panamera sports sedans. The company operates two Porsche Experience Centers featuring driver development tracks, business centers, and restaurants. PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 188 dealers. PCNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stuttgart, Germany-based.

CTERA introduces on-demand cloud data protection

CTERA Networks´ Cloud Server Data Protection Platform is now available on-demand on AWS Marketplace, allowing enterprises to quickly and easily deploy a fully automated file-level backup and recovery solution for cloud-based servers and applications, the company said.

CTERA Cloud Server Data Protection allows organizations to back up any number of Windows and Linux Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances hosted on AWS, and to use AWS as a backup target for applications running on any cloud or object storage-based solution.

The solution addresses the evolving architectural and operational considerations for protecting cloud-based data with a wide range of APIs to enable in-cloud backup and file-level and application backup. With new support for AWS CloudFormation deployment templates, CTERA Cloud Server Data Protection enables AWS Marketplace customers to be up and running in just five clicks, alleviating the pain of deploying complex traditional data center backup solutions to protect cloud instances.

CTERA Cloud Server Data Protection provides enterprises with full flexibility and control of their data and data security, globally deduplicating and compressing backups at the source for efficient, network-optimized data protection in an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), across AWS Availability Zones, and even across cloud providers. CTERA´s WAN-optimized backup agents enable enterprises to leverage AWS as a cross-cloud backup target for application data hosted on any cloud infrastructure.

The platform also delivers significant cost savings, leveraging information lifecycle tools from Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to intelligently place backup data on Amazon S3-Standard Infrequent Access tier (Standard — IA), where storage is priced as low as USD 0.0125/GB/month.

JetBlue expands availability of Mint premium experience seats

JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) is progressing with its Mint transcontinental expansion plan with the sale of new routes, introducing Mint seats for the first time for Las Vegas (LAS), expanded San Diego Routes (SAN), new Boston (BOS) to Caribbean routes, and more Los Angeles (LAX) service, the airline said.

The airline will also bring back seasonal Caribbean Mint routes, including new seasonal service between BOS and St. Maarten´s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM) between November and April. Mint service between JFK and Barbados will expand, as will premium service on peak travel days between JFK and St. Maarten. The carrier is bringing back popular Caribbean Mint routes including service between JFK and Grenada´s Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND), St. Lucia´s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), SXM, and Aruba, and service between BOS and Aruba and Barbados.

Later this year JetBlue will add Mint on four new routes and in two new cities that have not previously had scheduled Mint service. The start date for Mint service in Seattle will be announced in the coming months.

The JetBlue Mint premium experience features fully-flat bed seating, fully enclosed private suites, and a 15-inch flat screen with complimentary entertainment, specialty menu, and specially trained crewmembers.

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.