Life Link III opens base at Brainerd Lakes airport

Life Link III has opened its seventh base of air medical transport services, and is operating 24/7, at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport, the company said.

Life Link III´s medically-configured helicopters and airplanes serve as flying intensive care units (ICUs) providing critical care prehospital services from accident scenes and local hospitals to those that can provide specific expertise or a higher level of care.

Life Link III operates seven helicopter bases that include Alexandria, Blaine, Brainerd, Cloquet, Hibbing, and Willmar, Minnesota, and Rice Lake, Wisconsin. T

he company´s helicopter and airplane services provide on-scene emergency response and inter-facility transport for patients requiring critical care.

A non-profit consortium, Life Link III is the air medical transport program for 45 hospitals.

EnCore Group wins Boeing supplier award in production, design category

The EnCore Group has been recognized as Supplier of the Year in the Production & Design Category by The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA), the group said.

EnCore was one of 13 companies honored for distinguished performance in working with Boeing.

This selection was based on stringent performance criteria for quality performance, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service, and technical expertise.

The EnCore Group is comprised of four dedicated aerospace companies: EnCore Interiors, EnCore Composite Structures, EnCore International, and LIFT by EnCore.

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.

Alaska Airlines announces companion fare promotion for new cardholders in May, June

New Alaska Airlines Visa Signature consumer cardholders who apply in May and June can buy one ticket and get their first companion fare for just the taxes and fees (after qualifying purchases), the company said.

The annual companion fare allows cardholders to take someone along to anywhere Alaska and Virgin America fly for USD 99 (plus taxes and fees from USD 22) – with no blackout dates.

Cardholders flying on Virgin America flights now also enjoy all Alaska Airlines benefits.

With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, members can earn and redeem miles to more than 900 destinations worldwide.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million customers a year to 118 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and Cuba. With Alaska and Alaska Global Partners, customers can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide. Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

Hawaiian Airlines updates brand, livery

Hawaiian Airlines has revealed an updated brand identity and the freshly-painted livery of a Boeing 717 (N488HA), the first of its fleet of more than 50 aircraft that will feature the new design, the company said.

Pualani (Flower of the Sky), Hawaiian´s brand icon for more than four decades, continues to gaze forward on the tail of the aircraft; beneath her, a silver maile lei with woven pakalana flowers wraps around the fuselage.

In addition to the refreshed livery, travelers across Hawaiian´s US and international networks will begin to see the new logo on web and digital assets, airport lobby signage and kiosks, and at boarding gates.

Painting of all aircraft and ground service equipment is scheduled to be complete by 2020.

The new logo and livery emphasize Pualani by featuring her more prominently and liberating her from the floral “holding shape” of the former logo.

Since 2001, Hawaiian has more than doubled its route network, from 13 to 27 airports served, including 11 international destinations. Hawaiian currently operates a fleet of 23 Airbus A330s, 20 Boeing 717 aircraft and eight Boeing 767s, and provides turbo-prop flights using three ATR-42 aircraft through its ´Ohana by Hawaiian service.

Hawaiian Airlines, a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA), provides non-stop service to Hawai´i from 11 US gateway cities, along with service from Japan, South Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa, and Tahiti. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands, with a total of more than 200 daily flights system-wide.

Boeing board okays USD 1.42 per share quarterly dividend

The board of directors of Boeing (NYSE: BA) has declared a regular quarterly dividend of USD 1.42 per share, Chairman, President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg reported.

The dividend is payable June 2, 2017, to shareholders of record as of May 12, 2017.

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.

ICAS comparison reveals Air Shows less expensive than major league sporting events

In a comparison of costs to attend an air show versus a major league sporting event, the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) revealed air shows to be more affordable, the association said.

For comparison purposes, ICAS estimates the cost for the average family of four to attend an air show in 2016 to be USD 135, which includes admission, parking, a hot dog, a beverage, and two souvenirs for the kids. By contrast, using the same criteria, the average cost for attending a major league baseball (MLB) game is USD 220, for a National Basketball Association (NBA) game – USD 339, for the National Hockey League (NHL) – USD 364, and for a National Football League (NFL) game – USD 503.

The cost of an air show begins with an average adult ticket price of USD 17.50 (USD 7.50 for a child), which compares to USD 29.94 for an MLB game, USD 47.00 for a non-Disney theme park, USD 53.98 for an NBA game, USD 62.12 for an NHL game, USD 85.53 for an NFL game, USD 96.00 for a NASCAR race, USD 101.00 for a Disney theme park, and USD 104.46 for a Broadway musical.

Headquartered in Leesburg, Va., ICAS was founded in 1967 as a trade and professional association by industry professionals to protect and promote their interests in the growing North American air show marketplace.

NAVAIR selects LCR Embedded Systems to provide VPX solution for JEAT program

LCR Embedded Systems has been chosen by Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) located in Point Mugu, California as the supplier for its new 3U VPX Solution in support of the Joint Electronic Advanced Technology (JEAT) program, the company said.

LCR will be supplying engineering and manufacturing services to deliver a custom, rugged, qualified VPX-based embedded system that allows the latest high-speed technologies to withstand harsh environments in support of electronic warfare advancements.

The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) provides material support for aircraft and airborne weapon systems for the United States Navy. This support includes research, design, development and systems engineering, acquisition, test and evaluation, training facilities and equipment, repair and modification, and in-service engineering and logistics support.

LCR Embedded Systems designs, develops, and manufactures chassis, backplanes, and fully integrated systems for the aerospace and defense, commercial, rail, and industrial markets.

Orbital ATK reports successful test of attitude control motor

Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) has completed a successful test of the Attitude Control Motor (ACM) for NASA´s Orion spacecraft Launch Abort System (LAS), the company said.

Members of the NASA and Lockheed Martin team were on hand to witness the test, which demonstrated the motor´s power to steer the LAS during a mission-abort scenario.

This recent test is part of a design, analysis and test series focused on qualifying the ACM for crewed-flight missions.

The Orion spacecraft is launched by NASA´s Space Launch System. Lockheed Martin is leading the industry team charged with developing Orion under contract to NASA.

Orbital ATK´s Defense Systems Group provides precision and strike weapons, advanced propulsion and hypersonics, missile components across air-, sea- and land-based systems, ammunition and related energetic products.

Orbital ATK designs, builds, and delivers space, defense and aviation systems for customers around the world, both as a prime contractor and merchant supplier. The company employs more than 12,500 people in 18 states across the United States and in several international locations.

Ryder to be maintenance, distribution partner for electric vehicle, drone manufacturer

Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE:R) will be the strategic service partner for Workhorse Group Inc. (NASDAQ:WKHS), an Ohio-based battery-electric truck and drone manufacturer, the company said.

Ryder will be the exclusive maintenance provider for Workhorse´s entire light- and medium-duty range-extended electric vehicle fleet in North America and will provide a combination of warranty and maintenance services as part of Ryder´s SelectCare fleet maintenance portfolio.

Ryder will also serve as the primary distributor in North America for Workhorse´s E-100 and E-GEN range-extended medium-duty vehicles, as well as the company´s new W-15 electric pickup truck.

The new partnership will provide Workhorse with access to maintenance solutions at hundreds of Ryder service locations throughout North America.

Workhorse, an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial transportation industry, manufactures and sells the E-100 battery-electric and E-GEN range-extended electric vehicles. The company also manufactures fully integrated truck-launched, FAA-compliant unmanned aerial systems (UAS) delivery drones.

Ryder, a commercial fleet management, dedicated transportation, and supply chain solutions company, offers nationwide access to service facilities, 5,900 certified technicians, and a wide range of maintenance products for all vehicle types.

WestJet announces 1Q 2017 net earnings of CAD 48.3m

WestJet (TSX: WJA) has announced its 48th consecutive profitable quarter, with first quarter 2017 net earnings of CAD 48.3m, or CAD 0.41 per diluted share, the airline said.

This compares with quarterly net earnings of CAD 87.6m, or CAD 0.71 per diluted share reported in the first quarter of 2016. These first quarter 2017 results include a pre-tax non-cash adjustment to its maintenance provision of CAD 18.5m and irregular operations related costs of CAD 7.0m due to severe winter weather experienced in the quarter.

Based on the trailing twelve months, the airline achieved a return on invested capital of 10.0 per cent, compared with the 11.3 per cent reported in the previous quarter.

WestJet´s board of directors has declared a cash dividend of CAD 0.14 per common voting share and variable voting share for the second quarter of 2017, to be paid on June 30, 2017, to shareholders of record on June 14, 2017.

WestJet offers scheduled service to more than 100 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Through its regional airline, WestJet Encore, and with partnerships with airlines representing every major region of the world, the airline offers more than 150 destinations in over 20 countries.