Hilton Munich Airport completes redesign, expansion

International hotel group Hilton has completed expansion of its hotel at the Munich airport, increasing capacity to 551 rooms and expanding the hotel´s meeting spaces, the Hilton Munich Airport hotel reported.

By expanding the hotel, Hilton is reacting strategically to the growth in passenger traffic out of Munich and now offers guests around 40% more rooms. It has also expanded the hotel´s meeting spaces at the extraordinary palm atrium to a capacity of up to 500 participants.

The hotel has increased its overall capacity by 162 deluxe rooms covering nearly 95,000 square feet. The north extension connects to the hotel complex by a passageway. The Hilton Munich Airport now offers guests 551 rooms. Upper floor rooms offer runway views.

The east wing of the meeting center was expanded and modernized as well, with 17 renovated or newly built event rooms with high-level technical equipment. The meeting area has space to accommodate up to 500 guests.

Hilton Munich Airport was recently named the best airport in Europe by the SKYTRAX Airport Awards. The awards also honored the Hilton Munich Airport this year, giving it the SKYTRAX Airport Hotel Award for being the best airport hotel in Europe and the fourth best in the world.

Unisys, JR Technologies partner to develop NDC solution for airlines

Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) has announced an agreement with JR Technologies (JRT) to develop a joint approach to serving the New Distribution Capability (NDC) needs of the airline industry, the company said.

The combined JRT offer management system (OfMS) and Unisys AirCore Order Manager provide airlines both flexibility and speed toward a retail selling and servicing environment. The Unisys-JRT approach combines the two solutions required for successful airline adoption of NDC: the ability to create, communicate and manage product offering (OfMS) and, once an offer is selected, a solution to manage the order (AirCore Order Manager).

OfMS combines comprehensive shopping and merchandizing capabilities. Bundling and un-bundling of fares and ancillaries are optimized by applying sophisticated business rules, providing a wide range of products and services to offer, and then order through integration with AirCore´s Order Manager system.

Unisys AirCore Order Manager provides the complete master source of all passenger travel and servicing information and delivers a full omni-channel retail environment of master order control and servicing.

JR Technologies is a thought leader in airline retailing and New Distribution Capabilities (NDC).

Unisys is a global information technology company that provides IT solutions to the aviation industry. It specializes in providing industry-focused solutions integrated with leading-edge security to clients in the government, financial services and commercial markets. Unisys offerings include security solutions, advanced data analytics, cloud and infrastructure services, application services and application and server software.

O'Hare International Airport selects SDI to modernize public address system

SDI Presence LLC (SDI) has been selected to provide a turnkey digital upgrade of the public address (PA) system at O´Hare International Airport, the company said.

The system upgrade, which covers both general and emergency announcements throughout the airport, is designed to improve airport safety, accelerate incident response times, and enhance customer experience.

As prime contractor, MBE-certified SDI leads a team of industry leaders including: PA system design firm Cline & Associates, Inc; PA systems integrator Pentegra Systems; airport-focused project management consultants AVAirPros; and electrical contractors Pace and Cable Communications (CCI).

The SDI Team will upgrade the airport´s existing PA systems to a menu-based system capable of dispatching messages and other commonly used paging features via computer terminals, analog dial-in phones, and jet bridge microphones. The system will cover airport terminals, pedestrian walkways, transportation centers, parking, Clear Channel digital display screens, and private airport areas.

O´Hare International Airport serves approximately 77 million passengers per year. With more than 867,000 aircraft arriving and departing on an annual basis, O´Hare International Airport generates approximately USD 38bn in economic impact for Chicago region and state. O´Hare is owned by the City of Chicago and operated through the City´s Department of Aviation (CDA).

SDI delivers technology solutions to ensure client operational performance, security, and revenue generation. The company addresses the higher IT demands of critical environments to deliver zero downtime, enhanced security, and risk mitigation strategies. Clients include airports, commercial real estate portfolios, and national banks and financial services organizations.

Leonardo Helicopters chooses Onboard Systems to provide HEC secondary hook kits

Vancouver, Washington-based Onboard Systems International, Inc. has been awarded a contract from Leonardo Helicopters to provide backup Human External Cargo (HEC) hook systems for the Agusta Westland AW169 and AW101 aircraft, the company said.

The backup hooks can be added onto the primary cargo hook system for new and existing AW169 and AW101 aircraft to enable HEC operations in utility, search and rescue, personnel insertion and extraction, and other missions.

For the AW169, the backup cargo hook system will feature Onboard´s TALON LC Hydraulic Cargo Hook, which will allow for flexible rigging of the release line around the primary hook system while effectively reducing inadvertent cargo releases. The AW101 backup cargo hook system will feature the fast-rope version of Onboard´s TALON LC Cargo Hook, which is currently in use on the AW101.

Onboard Systems International designs and manufactures a complete line of helicopter cargo hook equipment under its TALON brand. Its products provide helicopter operators with increased cost efficiencies and safety through customer-driven designs, responsive service and support, and low ongoing maintenance costs.

Leonardo Helicopters is organized into seven business divisions: helicopters, aircraft, aero-structures, airborne & space systems, land & naval defense electronics, defense systems, security & information systems. At 31 December 2016, the company recorded consolidated revenues of EUR 12bn and had a significant industrial presence in Italy, the UK, and the US.

Fraport Greece initiates 40-Year concession at 14 Greek airports

Fraport Greece has commenced the 40-year concession for managing and developing 14 regional airports on the Greek mainland and popular holiday islands, the company said.

Following the operational transfer of the airports, Fraport Greece paid the upfront concession fee of EUR 1.234bn to the state-owned Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF). Along with this upfront fee, an annual fixed concession fee of EUR 22.9m will be paid to the Greek State, as well as a variable annual fee based on 28.5% of Fraport Greece´s yearly operational profit. Ownership of the airports is retained by Greece.

Under the concession agreement, Fraport Greece will be investing about EUR 400m for improving and expanding the airports´ infrastructure over the next 48 months. The company had signed an agreement with the Greek-based Intrakat construction and engineering company to refurbish, expand and build new facilities at the 14 airports.

The 14 Greek regional airports served a total of 25.3 million passengers in 2016, a 9% increase year-on-year. Fraport Greece will operate, manage and develop the airports over the next four decades – with responsibility for aviation as well as non-aviation areas.

Fraport Greece is 73.4% owned by the Frankfurt based airport operator Fraport AG and 26.6% by Copelouzos Group.

TripAdvisor awards Travelers' Choice awards to EVA

TripAdvisor has honored EVA Air with two distinctions, a Top 10 Major Airline in Asia Pacific, and Best Airline-Taiwan, the airline said.

TripAdvisor honored the world´s top carriers based on the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings gathered over a 12-month period for airlines worldwide. EVA earned its position among the honorees as the sole winner in Taiwan and a standout in the Asia Pacific region.

In addition to serving major cities throughout Asia, Taiwan-based EVA flies to Europe, Oceania and North America where gateways are Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver.

EVA Air, a Star Alliance member, was established in 1989 as Taiwan´s first privately owned international airline. It is part of the Evergreen Group and a sister company to global container-shipping company Evergreen Line. It flies a fleet of over 70 Boeing and Airbus aircraft to more than 60 international destinations.

TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers, with 465 million reviews and opinions covering 7 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. It provides a variety of travel choices and planning features by checking more than 200 websites to help travelers find and book the lowest hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites reaching 390 million average unique monthly visitors in 49 markets worldwide.

United announces increases in RPM, ASM for March 2017

United Airlines (UAL) has reported March 2017 consolidated traffic (revenue passenger miles, RPM) increased 3.0% and consolidated capacity (available seat miles, ASM) increased 3.4% versus March 2016, the company said.

UAL´s March 2017 consolidated load factor decreased 0.3 points compared to March 2016.

The company expects first-quarter 2017 consolidated passenger unit revenue to be approximately flat compared to the first quarter of 2016.

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.

CPA Global launches international IP filing solution

IP technology CPA Global announces the launch of File — empowering corporations and law firms to collaborate more efficiently and securely with their global agent network throughout the foreign filing process.

CPA Global File is the latest app in The IP Platform, following customer research which revealed IP professionals felt the international filing process and interactions with their global law firm networks could benefit from enhanced technology.

File provides a single system for tracking and managing international IP filings, with the first release focussing on PCT National Phase Entry. After a simple agent registration process, File tracks all transactional information for foreign filings across an organisation´s global agent network. Throughout the filing process, relevant notifications are automatically sent to foreign agents based on pre-defined user preferences and settings.

CPA Global is an IP management and technology company that delivers integrated Innovation and IP Portfolio software, services and insights across the entire idea lifecycle.

ANSYS reaches aerospace milestone

ANSYS (NASDAQ: ANSS) engineering embedded code software is being used for over 100 qualified aerospace applications to ensure critical equipment meets safety standards, the company said.

Companies are using ANSYS qualified solutions for embedded software to design, simulate, generate, and test embedded code for over 100 aerospace applications that have been certified under DO-178B and DO-178C.

The applications certified using ANSYS solutions cover aerospace and defense applications, including full authority digital engine control systems, braking and landing gear systems, flight controls, cockpit and head-up displays, power management systems, ground stations and mission systems.

Certification can take up to five years when using manual code development methods, whereas ANSYS embedded software tools reach certification up to 2x faster, and reduce overall embedded software development and verification costs by 50%.

ANSYS offers a portfolio of engineering simulation software. The company employs experts in finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics, electronics, semiconductors, embedded software and design optimization. Headquartered south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, ANSYS has more than 75 strategic sales locations throughout the world with a network of channel partners in 40+ countries.

VeloCloud launches SD-WAN Security Ecosystem

VeloCloud Networks, Inc., the cloud-delivered SD-WAN company, has introduced the SD-WAN Security Technology Partner Program, along with inaugural partnerships with security industry, including IBM Security, Check Point Software Technologies, Fortinet, and Zscaler, the company said.

The SD-WAN Security Technology Partner Program blends the industry´s most flexible enterprise SD-WAN architecture with the world´s premier security solutions. VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables enterprises to securely run advanced wide area networks that support application growth, network agility, and simplified branch office deployments by partnering with best-of-breed security technology.

Enterprises will now be able to implement SD-WAN with their preferred interoperable security products covering branch, data center and cloud security.

As an example, VeloCloud is working with IBM Security to deliver Secure SD-WAN service from IBM Managed Security Services, enabling enhanced zero-trust security and improved network performance with significant reduction in operational and telecom circuit costs. With VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN, enterprises can better secure their wide area networks and experience dramatically improved quality of service.

VeloCloud´s vision of the SD-WAN Security Technology Partner Program spans all three parts of the SD-WAN security framework comprising network, cloud and management. This includes network security interoperability in the branch and security VNF integration on the VeloCloud Edge; Cloud security via direct connect from branch to cloud and security in IaaS through VeloCloud Edges and VeloCloud Gateways; and interfaces to Security Operations Centers, SIEM solutions and security analytics.

VeloCloud Networks simplifies branch WAN networking by automating deployment and improving performance over private, broadband Internet and LTE links for today´s increasingly distributed enterprises.