Green Courte adds near-airport parking at 2 Texas airports

Green Courte Partners, LLC has added near-airport parking facilities at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and William P. Hobby International Airport to its portfolio, the firm said.

With these additions, Green Courte´s near-airport parking platform, The Parking Spot (TPS), now includes 39 near-airport parking properties containing over 68,000 parking spaces and serving 21 major US airports. The new facilities will be operated by TPS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Green Courte´s third investment fund.

Green Courte Partners is a Chicago-based real estate private equity investment firm focused on building companies within niche real estate sectors, including near-airport parking facilities, active adult/independent living senior housing properties, and land-lease communities.

D&B upgrades New Flight Charters' credit ratings

New Flight Charters has reported that US business credit rating firm Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) has issued upgrades to components of its credit rating, the charter company said.

Averaging 13.6% annual growth since 2004, New Flight Charters´ 2016 demand and number of flights grew 8.4% overall, creating more business with certificated operators, air carriers and vendors than ever before. New Flight Charters is on payment terms with 114 leading aircraft management and operator companies.

New Flight Charters´ current D&B composite credit rating is the highest possible 1R2, defined as “Good.” Several components of the rating were recently upgraded, including PAYDEX score, Delinquency Predictor, Supplier Evaluation Risk Rating, and Viability Rating.

New Flight Charters arranges private domestic and international flights with top-rated operator aircraft. The jet charter company handles 1,400 flights annually nationwide and serves a wide variety of clientele including Fortune 500 companies, government heads of state, presidential campaigns, entertainment icons, private families and entrepreneurs.

Universal Aviation agrees to joint venture with Inner Maldives

Universal Aviation, the ground handling division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., will expand its presence in the Asia-Pacific region, with the addition of Universal Aviation Maldives, a joint venture with Inner Maldives, the company said.

Universal Aviation Maldives will be based at Malé International Airport (VRMM) and will begin operations in the next two months.

Universal Aviation Maldives will provide ground support and supervision throughout the Maldives, including Malé (VRMM) and Gan (VRMG). Additional benefits for clients, resulting from the joint venture, include hotel savings for crew and passengers as well as air transport and tours.

Universal Aviation has more than 40 locations in 20 countries, including 19 in the Asia-Pacific region with the addition of Universal Aviation Maldives.

Sun Country Airlines to feature Minnesota illustrations in fleet

Each airplane in Sun Country Airline´s fleet will be named after a Minnesota lake and will feature custom lake-themed art, the airline said.

Sun Country has commissioned Minneapolis-based artist Mark Herman to create the custom illustrations for each plane. This ´Hometown Lakes Project´ artwork will be completed over the next several months.

Sun Country unveiled the first completed aircraft, Lake Bemidji, at its hangar at Minneapolis – St. Paul International Airport. The aircraft features its new Lake Bemidji name on the exterior of the aircraft, under either side of the cockpit, as well as outside the front boarding door. On the inside of the aircraft, the iconic Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox´s lakeside attraction is the art inside the aircraft.

Sun Country Airlines (MN Airlines, LLC d.b.a. Sun Country Airlines) is based in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. It flies to popular destinations across the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean.

The airline offers vacation packages through Sun Country Vacations, a program that allows travelers to book airfare, hotel, rental cars and more in a single, convenient transaction. The airline also offers Sun Country Charters.

Speedcast Secures integration contracts with leading fabricator for offshore E&P assets

Speedcast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a provider of remote communication and IT solutions, has won two new systems integration projects with a leading fabricator for the oil and gas industry, the company said.

In both contracts, Speedcast has been named telecoms systems integrator, responsible for all telecommunications components. Under the terms of the agreements, Speedcast will design, integrate, test and deliver the entire communications systems solution.

The first of these projects is in support of a new wellhead platform to be located offshore Brazil and the telecom package includes 14 systems. The second of these projects is for a new pipeline support platform to be located in the Gulf of Mexico and the telecom package includes 19 systems.

These systems include elements such as wide-area and local-area networks, closed-circuit television (CCTV), company phone, public address and general alarm (PAGA), television receive-only (TVRO) and meteorological monitoring.

Speedcast´s systems integration experience spans 30 years and includes engineering and design, procurement, testing, installation and maintenance for complete communications needs — from entertainment systems and security and monitoring services to navigation equipment, video streaming, internet of things (IoT) and more.

Speedcast International utilizes an extensive worldwide footprint of local support, infrastructure and coverage to design, integrate, secure and optimize networks tailored to customer needs. With differentiated technology, an intense customer focus and a strong safety culture, Speedcast serves more than 2,000 customers in over 140 countries via 39 teleports, including offshore rigs and cruise ships, 10,000+ maritime vessels and 4,500+ terrestrial sites.

International freight import/export grows 8% at MIA in 2016

The total value of international freight originating from and destined to Miami International Airport (MIA) in 2016 jumped 8% to USD 57.3bn in 2016, according to recently released data by the US Department of Commerce, the airport reported.

Largely responsible for the spike was pharmaceutical (pharma) freight, which surged 48% year over year to USD 4.4bn. Since 2010, when the total value of pharma shipments was USD 1.8bn, MIA´s pharma trade has grown by 140%.

In 2015, MIA was designated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as the first pharma freight hub in the US and the second in the world. In October 2016, MIA and Brussels Airport — the first two IATA-designated pharma freight hubs — partnered to create Pharma.Aero, in order to grow the global pharmaceutical air cargo industry.

In addition to boosting pharma freight traffic, MIA remained the busiest airport for international freight in the US and in the Western Hemisphere in 2016, handling 83% of all air imports and 79% of all air exports between the US and the Latin American/Caribbean region.

MIA also continues to handle the majority of America´s perishable imports by air, including 89.2% of all flower air imports; 66.7% of all fruit and vegetable air imports; and 49.8% of all fish air imports. In Florida, MIA´s 2016 air trade amounted to 92% of the state´s total air trade value and 40% of its combined (air & sea) trade value.

Nuvias launches Unified Communications Practice

Nuvias has launched its Unified Communications (UC) Practice in the EMEA, the company said.

The Practice is based on the UC capabilities and services provided by SIPHON Networks, which became part of the Nuvias Group in October 2016.

SIPHON is a leading, award-winning UC solutions and technology enabler for the channel. In 2016, it was named the 24th fastest growing technology company in the UK, as part of Deloitte´s prestigious UK Technology Fast 50 rankings, achieving 723% growth in the four years prior to the award.

SIPHON is already established in the UK and Benelux. The UC practice will be rolled out across EMEA over the coming months, through Nuvias regional branches, starting with Germany. More Nuvias staff are being added throughout EMEA to support vendor and reseller partners.

Existing UC vendors and new vendors are expected to take advantage of Nuvias´ growing UC capability across EMEA to increase sales in the region. Likewise, it is anticipated that both existing and new Nuvias reseller/integrator channel partners across EMEA will take up the opportunity to enter this thriving market or expand their UC business.

SIPHON´s solutions were developed for channel partners who want to deploy either cloud-based or premise-based UC technology, solutions and services. Through its work with service providers and resellers, SIPHON has honed a unique skillset around its professional and technical support services, as well as its solution engineering services, growing to become a trusted technology-enablement partner to many of the industry´s key UC players.

Nuvias Group is the pan-EMEA, high value distribution business, which is redefining international, specialist distribution in IT. The company has created a platform to deliver a consistent, high value, service-led and solution-rich proposition across EMEA. This allows partner and vendor communities to provide exceptional business support to customers and enables new standards of channel success.

The Group today consists of Wick Hill, an award-winning, value-added distributor with a strong specialisation in security; Zycko, an award-winning, specialist EMEA distributor, with a focus on advanced networking; and SIPHON Networks, an award-winning UC solutions and technology enabler for the channel. All three companies have proven experience at providing innovative technology solutions from world-class vendors, and delivering market growth for vendor partners and customers. The Group has 21 regional offices across EMEA, as well as serving additional countries through those offices. Turnover is in excess of USUSD 350 million.

AAR wins component support, repair contract from ASL Aviation Holdings

Wood Dale, Illinois-based AAR (NYSE: AIR) has been awarded a multi-year power-by-the-hour component support contract from ASL Aviation Holdings, the company said.

The new contract for ASL Group´s airlines includes component support and repair for approximately 100 passenger and cargo aircraft, including ATR aircraft. AAR will support the contract with inventory purchased from ASL subsidiary ACLAS Global, which will be incorporated into AAR´s existing global supply chain network located in Brussels, Hannover, and Singapore.

A new ATR team will be based in the UK to serve ATR customer parts requirements globally. The ATR is a regional aircraft with more than 1,300 delivered to operators across the globe.

AAR is a global aftermarket solutions company that employs more than 4,500 people in over 20 countries. The company supports commercial aviation and government customers through two operating segments: Aviation Services and Expeditionary Services.

AAR´s Aviation Services include inventory management; parts supply; OEM parts distribution; aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul; and component repair. AAR´s Expeditionary Services include airlift operations; mobility systems; and command and control centers in support of military and humanitarian missions.

ASL Aviation Holdings, formerly ASL Aviation Group, currently has operations on all 7 continents and has 2,500 staff from 51 nationalities in 20 countries. the company provides ACMI services to the express freight integrator and postal industries, and also operates passenger flights on an ACMI basis and under its own brands. The group has 6 airlines in Europe and both passenger and cargo airlines in South Africa and Asia.

TiVo inks multi-year intellectual property license deal with Roku

TiVo Corporation (NASDAQ: TIVO), a provider of entertainment technology and audience insights, has announced Roku, Inc., a TV streaming platform, has signed a multi-year intellectual property (IP) license agreement, the company said.

The IP license covers the TiVo and Rovi Corporation patent portfolios as well as the over-the-top (OTT) assets of the Intellectual Ventures patent portfolio under the TiVo/IV licensing partnership.

Additionally, the agreement includes an option for Roku to access TiVo´s high-quality entertainment metadata and other TiVo products to further power intuitive search and navigation.

TiVo´s investment in research and development has enabled it to generate one of the world´s leading media and entertainment patent portfolios. The company´s commitment to innovation enables the delivery of products that touch practically every aspect of consumers´ day-to-day interaction with their entertainment, and helps licensees build customized next-generation digital entertainment solutions for users around the globe.

TiVo Corporation is a global leader in entertainment technology and audience insights. From the interactive program guide to the DVR, TiVo delivers innovative products and licensable technologies that revolutionize how people find content across a changing media landscape.

Molex joins Open Networking Users Group)

Molex, a global manufacturer of electronic solutions, has become a member of the 2017 Open Networking Users Group (ONUG), the company said.

A coalition of industry leaders, IT end users and open source professionals, ONUG members leverage their collective expertise, engineering, manufacturing and procurement power to influence the pace and deployment of open networking solutions.

ONUG hosts an annual Spring and Fall Conference, Working Groups and Open IT Framework Industry Initiatives. Molex plans to attend the upcoming ONUG Spring 2017 Conference being held April 25th and 26th at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.

The ONUG Spring 2017 Conference agenda features keynote addresses, panel discussions, real-world case studies, concept presentations, and a technology showcase designed to highlight interoperability demonstrations. Conference themes include building hybrid cloud infrastructure to address security, retooling operational teams, and restructuring the IT culture for new paradigms in cloud-based infrastructure.

Through innovation and industry partnerships, Molex strives to increase the availability of higher density, higher speed connectivity solutions that support next-generation networking, computing and storage architectures to 100G today with a roadmap to 400G and beyond. The company is an industry leader in R&D investment.

Developing solutions to meet tomorrow´s demands, Molex supports a wide range of IT applications, including hyper scale and enterprise data centers, Web 2.0, big data, high performance computing (HPC) and embedded markets. Molex solutions are designed to provide high levels of reliability, quality and scalability, benefiting customers in the areas of computing and network performance, density, thermal management and power efficiency.

Molex brings together innovation and technology to deliver electronic solutions to customers worldwide. With a presence in more than 40 countries, Molex offers a full suite of solutions and services for many markets, including data communications, consumer electronics, medical, industrial, automotive, and commercial vehicle.