Mayo Aviation partners with PWI to install LED lighting on King Air aircraft

Mayo Aviation, Inc., a private jet management company with a complete in-house 145 repair station, has announced a new partnership with Wichita, Kansas-based PWI, the company said.

PWI, Inc., founded in 1963 is a worldwide leader in aviation lighting. Providing upgrades from fluorescent lighting systems to LED lighting, they provide customized drop-in upgrade kits for King Air model aircraft.

Mayo Aviation has seen an increase in demand for LED lighting and will respond to the need by beginning immediate installations.

Headquartered at Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado, Mayo Aviation provides aircraft management, charter, and maintenance services. The company has been recognized by the National Business Aircraft Association as one of the safest commercial operators in the United States.

PASSUR hires new Senior VP – Airports and Business Aviation

PASSUR Aerospace, Inc. (OTC: PSSR) has announced that Douglas (Doug) Hofsass has joined the company to lead PASSUR´s Airport and Business Aviation programs, the company said.

This is a new position within the company, created to build on PASSUR´s strong airport market share and accelerate the growth of PASSUR´s air traffic optimization solutions to the airport market.

Doug most recently held executive positions at BBA Aviation, as Vice President, Aviation/Regulatory Affairs & Contract Administration as well as Vice President, Operations Planning with Aircraft Service International Group (ASIG). Doug was responsible for the leadership and oversight of key relationships with airports and airlines across ASIG´s commercial network.

PASSUR Aerospace is a business intelligence company, providing predictive analytics and decision support technology for the aviation industry, primarily to improve the operational performance and cash flow of airlines and the airports where they operate. PASSUR Aerospace´s information solutions are used by North American airlines and airports, and by more than 200 corporate aviation customers, as well as the US government.

Over 125 airlines and over 60 airports world-wide use PASSUR products. PASSUR Aerospace owns and operates a commercial passive radar network that updates flight tracks every 1 to 4.6 seconds, powering a proprietary database accessible in real-time.

Oaktree, Connor Capital form HPN Aviation to operate, improve Westchester County Airport

Funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (Oaktree) and Connor Capital have formed the HPN Aviation Group (HPN-AG) to operate Westchester County Airport in an effort to operate and improve the airport through a public private partnership (P3),the new group said.

Thomas L. Bosco, former Director of the Aviation Department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, will serve as the group´s Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. David J. Barger, former CEO of JetBlue Airways, will serve as a member of the group´s Board of Directors.

The airport is currently in the bottom 10% of airports nationwide for departure on-time performance according to the December 2016 Air Travel Consumer Report published by the US Department of Transportation.

Oaktree´s Infrastructure Investing team has a demonstrated record of success with P3 partnerships, and will leverage experience in transportation investment and management to create a more efficient, more effective airport. Since 2013, it has operated Luis Munoz Marin International Airport outside of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It also created a successful 50-year P3 for the Seagirt Marine Terminal in Baltimore, MD, the primary port serving Washington, D.C.

Connor Capital is a private investment partnership exclusively focused on investing in transportation and transportation-related companies. The Connor Capital team has decades of leadership within the transportation industries, including a strong background in aviation.

HPN Aviation Group (HPN-AG) was formed to operate and improve Westchester County Airport. The company plans to pursue a long-term lease agreement through a public-private partnership (P3) with Westchester County under the FAA´s Airport Privatization Pilot Program.

AFRAA chooses Sabre to provide consulting services to member airlines

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) will provide consulting services to several of its member airlines through a new agreement with the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the company said.

Ten carriers will take part in Sabre´s consulting programme which will include a comprehensive analysis of the airlines´ brands and customer satisfaction and will provide each airline with a Net Promoter Score (NPS). Airlines taking part in Sabre´s new NPS study will undergo a comprehensive survey that will seek to provide them with a greater understanding of their customers´ pain points and experiences, as well as the desires and motivations of the African air traveller.

Sabre provides technology and consultancy services to more than 225 airlines, including many of the world´s largest carriers. Sabre´s broad suite of flexible and scalable software solutions allows airlines to operate how they want to and adapt their business to changing needs and requirements. Many of Africa´s top carriers already use Sabre´s technology to address increasing revenue, minimising costs, and providing an enhanced travel experience.

Sabre Corporation is a technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry. The company´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.

Sabre also operates a global travel marketplace, which processes more than USD 120bn of estimated travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre operates offices in approximately 160 countries around the world.

Manufacturing Leadership Council honors Lockheed Martin with 4 awards

Lockheed Martin´s (NYSE: LMT) innovation in manufacturing technology led to four awards from the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the company said.

Now in its 13th year, the Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing.

Rick Luepke, a Lockheed Martin engineering Fellow, was awarded the Visionary Leadership Award, and Lockheed Martin won three awards in the Engineering and Production Technology Leadership category for its ultrasonic hole cutting tool, forced mechanical oscillation drilling technology, and mold-in-place inlet coatings project.

The Manufacturing Leadership Council´s mission is to enable manufacturing executives to achieve transformational growth for themselves, their companies, and the industry at large through enlightened leadership. In support of this, the Council focuses on the intersection of advanced technologies and the business, identifying growth and improvement opportunities in the operation, organization and leadership of manufacturing enterprises along their journey to Manufacturing 4.0.

The Council delivers thought leadership, networking, and services around a member-defined set of Critical Issues that are shaping the future of manufacturing, including an invitation-only executive organization of over 800 members; the annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit; the Manufacturing Leadership Awards; and the thought-leading Manufacturing Leadership Journal.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.

SES signs capacity deals with Gogo to meet inflight connectivity demand in North America

SES (Euronext Paris, LUXX:SESG) has announced new satellite capacity deals with Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) to meet the growing demand for high-speed inflight connectivity services on travel routes over the US and Canada, the company said.

The new contracts with Gogo include capacity on 12 additional Ku-band transponders, as well as supporting ground infrastructure.

With these latest agreements, Gogo has now signed important capacity deals across 11 SES satellites around the world, including significant long-term agreements for Ku-band high throughput (HTS) capacity onboard two SES satellites (SES-14 and SES-15) scheduled for launch this year.

SES continues to build a global network of multi-layered, multi-band capacity to meet the specific needs and requirements of the evolving aeronautical market.

SES is a satellite operator with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in four key market verticals: video, enterprise, mobility and government. It provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions, and businesses worldwide.

Tech start-up Zunum Aero pursues development of hybrid-electric aircraft

Kirkland, Washington-based Zunum Aero is developing regional hybrid-electric aircraft for the early 2020s, offering unmatched speeds and reduced costs for flights from 700 miles at launch, to over 1,000 miles by 2030, the company said.

Zunum Aero´s 10 – 50 seat aircraft are designed to enable frequent service to the US network of over 5,000 underutilized regional and general aviation airports, and to offer fast and affordable electric air travel.

Zunum Aero is three years into development. The company has also been actively engaged with the FAA since 2014 to drive development of certification standards for electric aircraft.

Zunum Aero is backed by Boeing (NYSE: BA) through its Boeing HorizonX innovation cell, and JetBlue Technology Ventures, a subsidiary of JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU). In addition, Zunum has a long-term partnership with the Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems, an NSF Engineering Research Center at the University of Illinois, and a network of collaborators across leading universities and government labs.

Boeing is an aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space, and security systems. The company supports airlines and US and allied government customers in 150 countries. Boeing products and tailored services include commercial and military aircraft, satellites, weapons, electronic and defense systems, launch systems, advanced information and communication systems, and performance-based logistics and training.

JetBlue Technology Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) located in Silicon Valley, California, invests in, incubates, and partners with early stage startups. The company prioritizes investments that advance the customer-centric journey; technology empowered customer service; the future of operations and maintenance; revenue management, sales & distribution; and new regional transport ecosystems.

Zunum Aero is building a family of commercial hybrid-to-electric aircraft designed for regional transit, and powered by quiet range-optimized powertrain and propulsion technologies. The company´s vision is to develop 1,000-mile electric air networks to bring fast and affordable travel to every community.

Volaris reports passenger growth of 8% for March 2017

Volaris (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR) has reported March 2017 and year-to-date preliminary traffic results, the airline said.

During first quarter and March 2017, Volaris increased total capacity, as measured in Available Seat Miles (ASMs), by 16.8% and 7.9% year over year, respectively. Total demand, as measured in Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs), for first quarter and March 2017 increased 14.4% and 7.4% year over year, respectively. March 2016 traffic numbers include high season traffic of Holy and Easter weeks, as opposed to 2017 in which such high season weeks will be in April.

Volaris transported a total of 4 million passengers during the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 15.6% year over year. During March 2017, Volaris transported over 1.3 million passengers, an increase of 8.1% year over year.

During first quarter 2017, Volaris increased domestic and international ASMs by 12.8% and 26.2%, respectively. Network load factor for the first quarter and March 2017 reached 83.2% and 85.1%, respectively.

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.

Sentient Jet expands travel services for 2017 Kentucky Derby

Sentient Jet, as the Preferred Private Aviation Partner of the Derby for the second year, has announced its plans to provide expanded travel services, an exclusive breakfast, and other offerings for the 2017 Kentucky Derby, the company said.

Sentient Jet was named Preferred Private Aviation Partner of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and Churchill Downs in a multi-year agreement in 2016. The partnership expanded the company´s longtime presence in the horseracing community as sponsor of the Breeders´ Cup World Championships and Fasig-Tipton.

In addition to offering Sentient Jet Cardholders the opportunity to purchase tickets to the invite-only Mansion as well as the Derby´s other hospitality venues during their exclusive pre-sale period this year, Sentient Jet will now also be offering a Derby Day Breakfast with Bobby Flay on Saturday, May 6 from 9:00-11:00 am at the acclaimed 21c Museum Hotel.

As part of its partnership with the Derby, Sentient will also expand its travel services through Derby Air powered by Sentient Jet and will allow non-cardholders to book private jet travel to-and-from Louisville without a Jet Card commitment.

Sentient Jet, a Directional Aviation company, is a private aviation company. The Sentient Jet Card Program offers clients the flexibility and convenience of flying private for their personal and business air travel needs with industry-leading value.

Plano, Texas site selected for Boeing Global Services headquarters

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has selected the Legacy West mixed-use development in West Plano, Texas, for the headquarters of its new Global Services business unit, which will be operational in July, the company said.

Global Services President and CEO Stan Deal, several of his leadership team members, and some support staff will be located at the site, which will serve as a central hub for approximately 20,000 employees located around the globe.

Boeing selected the greater Dallas area because it is centrally located within Boeing´s US footprint, has good proximity to major operations for commercial customers and defense partners, and serves as a transportation hub that will allow the company to reach customers quickly and efficiently.

Global Services integrates the services capabilities of the defense, space and commercial sectors into a single, customer-focused business. Operating as a third business unit of Boeing, Global Services will provide services to commercial and defense customers worldwide.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide.