Royal Jordanian selects Sabre solution for network planning

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR) has signed a new agreement with Royal Jordanian (RJ) to provide the carrier with a suite of technology to help plan its network of flights, the company said.

Under the new multi-year agreement, Royal Jordanian will benefit from the Sabre Network Planning suite of technology which includes Schedule Manager, Slot Manager, Profit Manager, and Fleet Manager.

From its hub at Queen Alia International Airport, Royal Jordanian operates more than 500 flights per week to 44 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Sabre Corporation, a technology provider to the global travel and tourism industry, provides technology and consultancy services. Its 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.

Huawei chosen for digital transformation of Hamad International Airport

Huawei and Hamad International Airport (HIA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing a strategic partnership to enable the airport´s digital transformation, the ICT provider said.

The MoU provides a broad framework for collaboration between HIA and Huawei for co-creation of innovative concepts, prototypes and solutions using cutting-edge technologies, particularly in the areas of IoT and autonomous machines, to address real business challenges and opportunities.

The objective is to accelerate digital transformation at Hamad International Airport and to share the solutions with the community for wider benefit of the air transport industry. Through this cooperation, HIA aims to improve the passenger experience, enhance security and communication, and increase operational efficiency.

Huawei has provided a wide range of ICT solutions for airports, airlines, and air traffic control authorities across the world. These ICT solutions include indoor/outdoor modular data centers, servers and storage devices, converged cloud platforms, Big Data analytics platforms, and integrated wired/wireless communications solutions.

By the end of 2016, Huawei provided ICT products, solutions, and services for more than 40 airports, airlines, and air traffic control authorities worldwide.

Huawei is a global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our innovative ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world´s population. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

American Express platinum card members receive complimentary access to MAG USA's airport lounges

MAG USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of UK-owned airport group MAG, has announced complimentary access to their US Escape Lounges for American Express´ Platinum Card members, the company said.

Platinum Card Members can now visit Escape´s current and future US locations for free, including existing Escape Lounge locations in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), Oakland International Airport (OAK) and Bradley International Airport (BDL) near Hartford.

All members and guests entering US Escape Lounges have the option to enjoy an array of complimentary food and beverages, relax in comfortable seating with adjacent power outlets in most seats, and connect to free high-speed Wi-Fi.

Escape Lounge is an airport lounge concept available to all ticketed passengers on any carrier.

MAG USA, launched in 2015, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Manchester Airport Group, UK (MAG). MAG USA is focused on bringing Escape Lounges, commercial parking products and P3, public-private partnerships, retail, and terminal developments to US airports.

MAG owns and operates Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth Airports, together with MAG Property, a commercial property division. The company currently employs over 4,500 people, annually serves approximately 50 million passengers, and handles 650,000 tonnes of air freight.

Jetex becomes handler at airports in Spain

Jetex Flight Support marks its first venture into Spain with ground handling stations in three new locations: Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCM/LEBL), Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), and Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP/LEMG), the company said.

The new Spanish facilities further expand Jetex´s European network, which covers France, Ireland, Italy, and Ukraine, amongst others.

Operating from the general aviation terminal at each airport, Jetex will provide 24/7 ground support including aircraft fueling, ground handling, aircraft parking, and ramp services.

Jetex is recognized for delivering flight support solutions to customers worldwide. The company provides FBOs, aircraft fueling, ground handling, and global trip planning. Its clientele includes owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial, and personal air travel.

CLX acquires Dialogue Group

CLX Communications (XSTO: CLX), a provider of global cloud-based communication solutions, has acquired the global mobile messaging and security services provider Dialogue Group Ltd (“Dialogue”) for GBP 32m on a cash and debt-free basis, the company said.

The acquisition of Dialogue, which has offices in Sheffield, London, Sydney and Singapore, will help CLX to fast track entry into key markets within the Asia-Pacific region, while adding many additional mobile operators to its Tier One Super Network, which currently exceeds 200 carrier partners.

This deal marks the latest phase in CLX´s strategy to build the largest cloud communications company globally. Dialogue is the company´s fourth acquisition since its IPO in 2015, following Mblox and Sinch in 2016, and Xura Secure Communications earlier this year.

The acquisition will accelerate CLX´s leadership ambitions in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region building upon its leadership position in Europe and North America. Asia-Pacific is becoming increasingly important as many US-based multinationals seek to expand into emerging markets and look to CLX to provide one true global solution for their Enterprise communications needs.

In addition, CLX will also add Dialogue´s powerful and innovative Sentinel Security Solution to its existing product portfolio, reinforcing its position as a market-leading supplier of fraud and security solutions to mobile operators worldwide.

This solution, when rolled out across operators globally will significantly reduce industry fraud such as global title faking to help operators capture significant revenues and greatly reduce subscriber complaints as the levels of spam and fraud reduce. Sentinel, in combination with CLX´s existing security solutions, will constitute one of the most powerful threat detection and prevention toolboxes in the industry today.

CLX Communications is a global provider of cloud-based communication services and solutions to enterprises and mobile operators. CLX´s mobile communication services enable companies to quickly, securely and cost-effectively communicate globally with customers and connected devices – Internet of Things (IoT).

Dialogue Group is the longest established international A2P SMS messaging company having helped customers since 1994. It has extensive knowledge and experience of all aspects of the A2P market and through its A2P SMART Hub – a unique solution that helps operators filter and control their A2P traffic – the company enables MNOs to successfully monetize their A2P traffic and realize millions of dollars in additional, sustainable revenues.

Airborne Wireless Network to conduct proof of concept testing during latter part of 2017

Airborne Wireless Network (OTCQB: ABWN) has provided an update and preliminary timeline on its “Proof of Concept Aircraft Flight-Test” for the development of its patented air-to-air communication system, the Infinitus Super Highway, the company said.

ABWN recently announced that it has been granted an experimental operating certificate by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to ground and flight-test its demonstration system which is scheduled to occur during the latter part of 2017.

The company, along with its strategic partners, are in the process of planning and organizing its Proof of Concept Aircraft Flight-Test. It intends to use two active jet aircraft to conduct test routes around Roswell, New Mexico.

ABWN intends to create a high-speed broadband airborne wireless network by linking commercial aircraft in flight. It is projected that each aircraft participating in the network will act as an airborne repeater or router, sending and receiving broadband signals from one aircraft to the next and creating a digital superhighway in the sky.

Simi Valley, California-based Airborne Wireless Network, a developmental stage company, focuses on developing, marketing, and licensing a wholesale fully-meshed high-speed broadband airborne wireless network.

NetEase Q1 2017 net revenues up 72% YoY

NetEase, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTES), one of China´s Internet and online game services providers, has announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, the company said.

NetEase logged total net revenues in the quarter of RMB 13.6bn (USD 2.0bn), an increase of 72.3% compared with the same period last year.

Net revenues for online games reached RMB 10.7bn (USD 1.6bn), an increase of 78.5% compared to the same period last year. Gross profit came in at a solid RMB7.5bn (USD 1.1bn), an increase of 63.2% year-over-year.

NetEase is an Internet technology company in China. Dedicated to providing online services centered around content, community, communication and commerce, NetEase develops and operates some of China´s most popular PC-client and mobile games, advertising services, e-mail services and e-commerce platforms. In partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, Mojang AB (a Microsoft subsidiary) and other global game developers, NetEase also operates some of the most popular international online games in China.

Pilot Freight hires Soiefer as Vice President of Corporate Development

Pilot Freight Services (Pilot), a worldwide provider of transportation and logistics services, has announced that Todd Soiefer will serve as Vice President of Corporate Development, with an emphasis on acquisition strategy, the company said.

In October, Pilot secured a controlling investment from ATL Partners, an aerospace, transportation, and logistics-focused private equity firm, and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada´s largest institutional investors.

The addition of Soiefer to the Pilot team marks the next step in Pilot´s global evolution, positioning the company to continue international growth through both acquisition and the development of its existing stations, while adding to its current stable of products and services.

Having most recently served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development at Ferrellgas Partners, LP., Soiefer comes to Pilot with an extensive background in corporate finance and financial management, with an expertise in deal sourcing and structuring.

Pilot provides expedited and time-definite domestic and international freight forwarding, e-commerce, and home delivery, and value-added logistics services through a network of over 75 stations in North America and Western Europe and 87 core international partners.

Pilot Freight Services, Inc. is a full-service transportation and logistics provider with over 75 locations throughout North America and Western Europe. The company´s freight forwarding services encompasses every mode of transportation, including air, ground and ocean, serving all corners of the globe.

CloudSense, NTT DATA to deliver digital innovation for communications

CloudSense has joined forces with NTT DATA to deliver mutual customer success and to work on NTT DATA´s Digital Telco Lab to provide novel digital solutions that help communication services providers (CSPs) solve the array of challenges they are contending with today, the company said.

As a part of NTT, the world´s largest Communications organization, NTT DATA bring an unparalleled understanding of the challenges encountered by CSPs and sit well placed to address these issues with new solutions.

CloudSense is also deeply rooted in communications, bringing a wealth of experience through both their people and the projects they´ve completed with CSPs globally to deliver transformative omnichannel digital buying journeys, all on Salesforce.

While working together on joint customer accounts and the Digital Telco Lab, NTT DATA and CloudSense will help CSPs meet the challenges they face head on by developing novel next-generation digital customer experiences.

The Digital Telco Lab will specifically see the organizations pairing to provide omnichannel enabled systems Communications Service Providers can use to actively engage and interact with customers, partners and employees, using consolidated, convergent BSS and OSS systems that support simplified and lean operational business processes.

NTT DATA partners with clients to navigate the modern complexities of business and technology, delivering the insights, solutions and outcomes that matter most.

CloudSense is a global leader in Salesforce-native, industry-specific omnichannel commerce applications.

ACG signs lease agreement with Interjet

Aviation Capital Group LLC (ACG) has signed long-term lease agreements with Interjet for 10 new Airbus A320 Family aircraft, the company said.

These aircraft are from ACG´s order book commitment with Airbus. The first aircraft is expected to be delivered in July 2017.

“With this agreement, we will have the opportunity to continue our route expansion plan in order to offer our passengers more national and international destinations and frequencies,” said José Luis Garza, CEO of Interjet.

Over 12,800 A320 Family aircraft have already been ordered, including over 4,800 A320neo Family aircraft from 89 customers. The A320neo Family incorporates the latest engines and aerodynamic enhancements, delivering more than 15% fuel savings, and 20% by 2020.

Aviation Capital Group is a full service aircraft asset manager with approximately 413 owned, managed, and committed aircraft, which are leased to roughly 100 airlines in approximately 45 countries. ACG, founded in 1989, is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Pacific Life Insurance Company.