FLYHT Aerospace issues incentive stock options

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) has granted incentive stock options for an aggregate 3,660,220 common shares, subject to regulatory approval, to employees, officers and directors under the stock option plan approved at its Annual and Special Meeting, the company said.

The stock options are exercisable at a price of USD 0.22 per share. They also feature immediate vesting and expire on December 31, 2020.

A maximum of 10% of the issued and outstanding shares are reserved under the company´s stock option plan. The options, and any common shares issued upon exercise of the stock options are subject to a four-month resale restriction.

FLYHT is a provider of real-time aircraft intelligence and cockpit communications for the aerospace industry. More than 70 customers, including airlines, leasing companies and original equipment manufacturers, have installed its systems in order to increase safety, improve operational efficiencies and enhance profitability.

FLYHT´s proprietary technology, the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRS), operates on multiple aircraft types and provides functions such as safety services voice and text messaging, data collection and transmission, and on-demand streaming of flight data recorder (black box), engine and airframe data. AFIRS has flown over 2.5 million aggregate flight hours and 1.7 million flights on customers´ aircraft.

Ghafari wins contract for airline operations at New Istanbul airport

Global firm Ghafari Associates has been awarded a contract to provide full planning, architectural, and engineering services for airline operations support facilities at the New Istanbul Airport, the firm said.

The New Istanbul Airport will serve as headquarters for Turkish Airlines´ operations as well as its primary hub airport.

Totaling nearly 167 hectares, Ghafari´s scope of work covers facilities for air cargo logistics, aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul, ground support services, and flight operations, including an integrated operational control center and in-flight catering.

Design services for the site´s next-generation critical support facilities will be led out of Ghafari´s Istanbul office with support from the firm´s Aviation Design Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The airport will provide nearly 100 airline companies opportunities for flights to more than 350 destinations. The new airport´s first phase of operations will accommodate 90 million travelers, growing to more than 150 million in annual passenger volume upon completion. The new airport will be the world´s largest airport built from the ground up.

Ghafari is a full-service global engineering, architecture, process design, consulting, and construction services firm. With 14 offices across the globe, the firm supports clients in sectors such as aviation, corporate / commercial, education, government, institutional, healthcare, and industrial / manufacturing.

Fiji Airways selects Cavaliere as new CMO

Fiji Airways has appointed industry veteran, Marc Cavaliere, as Chief Marketing Officer, the airline said.

Cavaliere joins the airline´s executive leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO, and will be responsible for the new, dedicated global airline alliances and partnerships function, as well as all sales channels, marketing activities and related commercial functions.

Cavaliere´s professional background includes 37 years of airline industry experience, with extensive international assignments, leading airlines in various regions of the world including the United States.

Founded in 1951, Fiji Airways Group is comprised of Fiji Airways, Fiji´s National Airline, and its subsidiaries: Fiji Link, Pacific Call Comm Ltd, and a 38.75% stake in the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa on Denarau Island, Nadi.

From its hubs at Nadi and Suva International Airports, Fiji Airways and Fiji Link serve 64 destinations in 13 countries (including code-share). Destinations to and from the US include Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands.

The Fiji Airways Group brings in 64% of all visitors who fly to Fiji, employs over 1000 employees, and earns revenues of over FJD 815m (USD 390m).

Gotterup to lead Clear Channel Airports

Clear Channel Airports (CCA), a brand division of Clear Channel Outdoor Americas (CCOA) (NYSE: CCO), and a subsidiary of iHeartMedia Inc., has announced that Morten Gotterup has joined the company as President of Clear Channel Airports, the company said.

Gotterup will direct all aspects of CCA´s business including finance, operations, procurement and sales and marketing functions.

In his new role, Gotterup will identify potential new business relationships and deepen existing partnerships to achieve revenue performance goals and drive growth for CCA. In addition to being responsible for the P&L and capital budget of CCA, Gotterup will oversee all business functions and secure high-level agency and advertiser meetings.

He joins CCA from Global Brand Ventures where he successfully led Westfield´s efforts to create media and sponsorship platforms across various retail and transit environments.

Gotterup is a graduate of Saint Mary´s College with a BA in History, and Pepperdine University with a Masters of International Business.

Dedicated to airport advertising for more than 40 years, Clear Channel Airports is an innovator of contemporary display concepts. A division of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CCO), one of the world´s largest outdoor advertising companies, the company currently operates more than 250 airport programs across the globe and has a presence in 31 of the top 50 US markets with major airports.

Forbes names Cubic one of America's best midsize employers in 2017

Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) has been listed as one of “America´s Best Midsize Employers 2017” by Forbes magazine, the company said.

Cubic was ranked second in the Aerospace & Defense industry category and no. 182 in the overall midsize employer list.

This is Cubic´s first entry into Forbes´ annual best employer list.

The 2017 list of America´s Best Midsize Employers includes the top 300 midsize companies, universities and government agencies across 25 industries, employing 1,000 to 5,000 employees in the US.

The list is compiled from independent surveys of more than 30,000 U.S. workers, in which the respondents were anonymously asked, on a scale of zero to 10, how likely they were to recommend their employer to others and another company within the same industry to others.

Cubic Corporation designs, integrates, and operates systems, products, and services focused in the transportation, defense training, and secure communications markets. The company is an integrator of payment and information technology and services for transportation authorities and operators.

Cubic Global Defense is a provider of live, virtual, constructive and game-based training solutions, special operations, and intelligence for the US and allied forces. Cubic Mission Solutions provides networked Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities for defense, intelligence, security and commercial missions.

Samsung, Cisco team with Verizon on interconnected multi-vendor 5G trials

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO), in partnership with Verizon, have deployed the first multi-vendor end-to-end 5G trial network in the field, which took place in Ann Arbor, a suburb of metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, Samsung said.

Earlier this year, Verizon announced plans for customer trials of 5G technology for home broadband service (Fixed Wireless Access). Five US cities are scheduled to begin trials in the second quarter of 2017, with pilot trials in a total of 11 markets expected by the middle of the year.

Each location offers a unique set of test parameters, including vendors, geographies, population densities and demographics, and the Ann Arbor location is the first to tackle a multi-vendor deployment of 5G.

The solution includes a 5G virtualized packet core as part of the Cisco Ultra Services Platform with Cisco Advanced Services and Samsung virtual RAN solutions (vRAN), paired with Samsung´s 5G Radio base stations and 5G home routers that will deliver broadband services to Verizon´s trial customers.

Based on Verizon´s 5G Technical Forum specification, the three companies followed a series of comprehensive network vendor interoperability tests (NVIOT) that demonstrated seamless interworking between core network, radio edge and user devices that showcased a core principle of next-generation network virtualization via multi-vendor support.

This trial highlights the readiness of key 5G technologies, paving the way for deployment of commercial 5G networks. This also demonstrates that service providers can deploy 5G networks specialized to their unique market needs by selecting individual network infrastructure components from a selection of multiple vendors.

Early ecosystem development has become a core focus for 5G, with IT and telecom pioneers alike working to build alignment and stability around next-generation R &D.

Verizon´s 5G Technical Forum, to which Cisco and Samsung are strong contributors, has set out to establish early direction for commercial 5G technologies and services, with the goal of establishing a body of experience that is already being used to inform global 5G standards development efforts and ensure a smooth transition to commercialization.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today´s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City, has a diverse workforce of 160,900 and generated nearly USD 126bn in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America´s most reliable wireless network, with 114.2 million retail connections nationwide.

Flexjet pilot uniforms awarded Image of the Year

Flexjet LLC´s Red Label pilot uniforms were honored with an Image of the Year Award from the North-American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD), the company said.

Image of the Year is an annual awards program hosted by NAUMD that recognizes organizations exhibiting the very best in workplace apparel.

Recipients of the award are selected by independent judges for the originality of the design, projection of branding, functionality for the job, and use of technology and innovation.

The contemporary colors and premium materials used for the carrier´s gray and black uniform are exclusive to Flexjet.

Flexjet collaborated with Affinity Apparel to produce the uniforms in time for premier of the “Red Label by Flexjet” program. This award was Affinity´s ninth consecutive win in the Image of the Year category.

Flexjet, a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies, offers fractional jet ownership and leasing.

Fairborn, OH-based Affinity Apparel is a national provider of uniforms and branded apparel. The award is Affinity´s ninth consecutive win in the Image of the Year category.

The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) is the voice of the uniform and image apparel industries. Its 500+ members include manufacturers, designers, producers, and retailers of uniforms, as well as those who produce products and services for the industry at large.

imgix enhances service in Brazil

imgix, the provider of on-demand image processing for websites and mobile apps, has launched enhanced service in Brazil with a new edge node located in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the company said.

This new edge node joins recent additions in Dubai, Madrid, Paris, Johannesburg, Montreal and Toronto, improving speed and reliability of the image optimization and delivery service in those regions. imgix now maintains a delivery presence at 33 edge locations in 16 countries worldwide, with more to come.

Although physical distance is just one factor in network response times, performance is often best when data is served from a nearby location. By serving images from an edge node in a given region, imgix ensures better performance for users in that region. During testing, imgix observed a 3x reduction in time-to-first-byte and as much as 5x increased throughput for many Brazilian markets. Results will vary depending on end user connectivity, site specific design decisions and other localized factors.

The addition of the Sao Paulo node positions imgix for expansion in Brazil, one of the hottest emerging technology markets in the world. In 2016 Brazil saw USD 279m in venture capital investment, 56 percent of all capital invested in South America, according to the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association.

imgix is the leader in on-demand image processing for websites and mobile apps, delivering faster load-page time and clearer images, while ensuring audiences experience visuals in the most meaningful way possible. imgix allows developers ease-of-use and flexibility when designing web pages and mobile apps. From image crops to compression to overall image enhancement, imgix enables companies to increase customer engagement and enhance the overall viewing experience of visuals across devices.

imgix is venture backed, with about USD 10m in investment, and was launched through the famed Y Combinator accelerator program. Its customers include: Dropbox, Reddit, Lyft, Kickstarter, Coursera, Bonobos, The Guardian, Brit + Co., Bustle, and many others.

International Federation of Musicians honors Air Canada with Airline of Choice award

The International Federation of Musicians (FIM) has awarded the newly created FIM Airline of Choice award to Air Canada, FIM said.

FIM and its member unions have been campaigning for several years with the aim of improving airlines´ policies so that musicians traveling with their instrument are treated fairly and are fully informed about regulations governing the transportation of musical instruments.

The international jury set-up by FIM established that the Canadian company was clearly ahead of its competitors in this respect.

“In 2015 we implemented industry leading enhancements designed to support the specific needs of all musicians travelling with carry-on instruments, including pre-boarding benefits and a generous discount when purchasing an additional seat for their instrument,” said Craig Landry, Senior Vice President, Revenue Optimization at Air Canada.

According to Benoît Machuel, FIM General Secretary, “Air Canada´s policy towards musicians is in our view exemplary.”

Air Canada is serves more than 200 airports on six continents, and in 2016 served more than 45 million customers. The airline provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 57 in the United States, and 91 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, and South America.

The International Federation of Musicians represents professional musicians and their trade unions in more than 60 countries.

Alpheus Communications launches flat-rate pricing for carrier wavelength services

Alpheus Communications has launched flat-rate pricing for carrier Wavelength Services to its 13,000 on-net and near-net locations, giving carriers access to high-capacity connections at 1 gigabit and 10 gigabit per second speeds, the company said.

The new pricing is designed to meet the growing demand from carrier end-user customers that need high-bandwidth connections for their offices, operating locations and data center facilities.

Wavelength services with flat-rate predetermined pricing gives carriers predictable pricing for high-capacity network services needed to connect customer locations.

Carriers gain the additional benefit of being able to easily update pricing tools for within their organization, which leads to quick generation of quotes for their customers. With traditional wavelength services, pricing is developed on a case-by-case basis because construction costs vary by location.

As Alpheus continues to invest in constructing last-mile fiber, the expanded fiber network makes it possible to offer flat-rate wavelength services to buildings on its fiber routes.

Alpheus Communications is a provider of Texas metro-regional fiber and networking solutions. With owned facilities in Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and the Rio Grande Valley, Alpheus is flexible, content-neutral and responsive to customer needs when low-latency and uptime are essential.