Cheapflights.com reveals details to know before, during, after travel

The travel experts at Cheapflights.com have identified often-overlooked details that can affect air travel; from avoidable fees to built-in protections to insurance, there are many ways to shave costs, save time, ensure compensation if something doesn´t go according to plan, the company said.

Some of the time, money, and frustration-saving ´Travel Hacks´ include examining credit card benefits for cancellation or rental car insurance coverage to avoid paying twice or missing out on reimbursements, knowing what an airline pays if luggage is damaged, knowing options when booking travel or if impacted by overbooking, knowing deadlines, and knowing which fees are refundable.

Full travel hacks details are available at the company´s website.

Cheapflights is a global flight comparison and deals publishing platform, and a market leader in the UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand, generating over USD 3bn in global downstream revenue for its partners as it expands into numerous other territories.

More than 120 million users visit its websites and apps each year, receiving more than two billion search results a month from across 900,000 routes. The Cheapflights newsletter has 10 million subscribers.

In 2011, Cheapflights became part of privately owned online travel search and inspiration network, Momondo Group.

Conztanz partners with Switchfly for US entry with Inovexus

Conztanz, a data agility platform provider addressing air traveler journey, recently partnered with Switchfly, Inc., a global travel commerce and ancillary merchandising technology company, to address irregular operations, one of the most challenging travel pain points for both passengers and airlines, the company said.

Its new technology offering, known as Travel Hero, will turn the typically challenging and off-line process of finding accommodations for stranded passengers into an online solution which helps to reduce passenger headaches and logistic nightmares for airlines.

Founded in 2013, Conztanz is a software and IT service company, specialized in providing innovative solutions for the travel industry powered by an integration platform bridging Passenger Service Systems solutions and an airline´s Information System.

Based in Los Angeles, Paris and Singapore, Inovexus is a new kind of investment bank focusing on rapid growth acceleration and M&A. Inovexus works with small / mid-size cap innovative companies on a fast pathway to exit. Inovexus leverages its growth acceleration expertise to increase the value of innovative businesses and build transformative businesses in growing industries on a global scale.

FLYHT Aerospace Solutions 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, 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. Its 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.

London Gatwick selects Smiths to provide, service baggage explosives detection systems

Smiths Detection, formerly Morpho Detection — Safran, has won a contract with London Gatwick Airport Limited to supply and service nine high-speed CTX 9800 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS), the company said.

When fully operational, the UK airport will utilize CTX 9800 to screen all in-gauge baggage in the South Terminal and ensure compliance with UK Department for Transport mandates requiring the use of Standard 3-approved EDS by September 2018.

Smiths Detection´s on-site network of engineers and technicians will ensure that all CTX 9800 are maintained, serviced, and optimized to operate in peak condition for a minimum of ten years.

Capable of screening 1,800 bags per hour (BPH), CTX 9800 enhances operational efficiencies by combining high-resolution 3D visuals with intuitive navigational tools.

Smiths Detection, part of Smiths Group, is a provider of threat detection and screening technologies for military, air transportation, homeland security, and emergency response markets.

Dream Jet makes stop at Doha International Airport in Qatar

Deer Jet´s 787 ´Dream Jet´ made its Middle East debut when it made a stopover at Doha International Airport, the company said.

The Doha showcase is part of the series of exhibitions across the globe, following visits to Shanghai, Hong Kong, London, and Dublin.

In May 2016, Deer Jet took over the operation of the world´s first BBJ 787 VVIP, and made its maiden flight to Hong Kong in September. Deer Jet has branded the aircraft as “787 Dream Jet”.

The B787-8 Dream Jet is capable of flying continuously for 18.5hrs, or 16,000km; given the geographical location of Doha, the Dream Jet can reach any major city in the world, non-stop.

The aircraft resides at Hong Kong International Airport and is operated by Deer Jet´s subsidiary Hong Kong Jet. Dubai and Riyadh are slated as the next stops for the Dream Jet.

Iceland's WOW air to begin service to Tel Aviv in September 2017

WOW air will have four times a week service to Israel´s Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) beginning September 12, 2017, the airline said.

One-way tickets on the ultra-affordable Icelandic airline from the United States to TLV are on sale now, with prices starting at USD 149 from Boston (BOS), New York (EWR), Baltimore (BWI), Pittsburgh (PIT), and Chicago (ORD), and USD 199 from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and Miami (MIA).

Flights from the east and west coasts will include connections in Reykjavik that will be approximately 13 and 2 hours, respectively. WOW air encourages travelers to spend time in Iceland by using the WOW Stopover, which includes a visit to Iceland for an unlimited amount of time, before heading on to destinations in Europe and beyond.

The new Tel Aviv route will be serviced by WOW air´s brand new Airbus fleet with the average age of 2.5 years. Seat pitch will vary from 30 inches as standard to 37 inches at an additional charge.

WOW air, as of spring 2017, services 32 destinations across Europe and North America including Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin, and Copenhagen.

AirAsia, Everbright, Henan government to establish low-cost carrier in China

AirAsia Berhad has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Everbright and Henan Government Working Group to establish a low-cost carrier (LLC) in China, the company said.

The MoU outlines how the parties will incorporate a joint venture to be known as AirAsia (China) for the purposes of operating a low-cost aviation business based in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province in central China.

In addition, AirAsia (China) will invest in aviation infrastructure, including a dedicated LCC terminal at Zhengzhou airport and an aviation academy to train pilots, crew and engineers, as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facilities to service aircraft.

AirAsia was the first foreign LCC to enter China and has carried more than 40 million guests since its inaugural route to China in April 2005.

AirAsia and AirAsia X currently fly to 15 destinations in China and is the largest foreign LCC operating into the country.

AMI Aviation completes STC for next gen Garmin technology for Beech 1900D

AMI Aviation Services, LLC has completed a supplemental type certificate (STC) for the Garmin G950 NXi next generation integrated flight deck, with optional APS 65 autopilot integration, in the Beechcraft 1900D, the company said.

The G950 NXi system is nearly identical to the King Air G1000 NXi System but works instead with the existing autopilot (if installed).

This upgrade eliminates 225 pounds of weight and removes the end-of-life factory installed EFIS 84 system, legacy navigation and communication radios, as well as other analog instrumentation.

The program installs a modern, proven and affordable fully integrated three-display Garmin G950 System with all new shelves and nearly 5,000 feet of new wiring.

AMI Aviation Services parent company, AeroMech Incorporated, issued the amended supplemental type certification via its FAA Organizational Designation Authorization (ODA). The installation for the G950 retrofit will take place at its Orlando Sanford International Airport facility (KSFB).

In addition, AMI Aviation will distribute the STC to qualified Garmin dealers worldwide as part of a complete FAA PMA kit designed to minimize downtime.

AeroMech Incorporated, an FAA STC ODA, specializes in aircraft engineering and certification services, including RVSM, for aircraft OEMs, modification shops, and owner/operators. Since its inception in 1995, the company has completed over 175 STCs, 450 flight-tests, and successfully certified more than 7,500 commercial, military and business aircraft through 19 regulatory agencies worldwide.

AMI Aviation Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of AeroMech Incorporated, is an FAA part 145 Repair Station with Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) specializing in the design, fabrication, kitting, installation, modification, and repair of complex aircraft electrical harnesses and avionics systems.

Malindo Air takes delivery of Boeing 737 MAX from Avolon

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, has delivered the world´s first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to Malindo Air, the company said.

In addition to today´s delivery, Avolon has commitments for 60 Boeing 737 MAX 8/9 aircraft, delivering through to 2021. This is Avolon´s fifth aircraft on lease to Malindo Air, and is part of a portfolio of 19 aircraft currently on lease to Lion Air Group.

The Boeing 737 MAX is a new-engine variant that builds on the strengths of today´s Next-Generation 737.

Headquartered in Ireland, with offices in the United States, Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and Shanghai, Avolon, a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Chinese public company Bohai Capital Holding Co., Ltd., provides aircraft leasing and lease management services.

Boeing is an aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners, and defense, space, and security systems. With corporate offices in Chicago, Boeing supports airlines, and US and allied government customers in 150 countries, and employs approximately 150,000 people across the United States and in more than 65 countries around the world.

With main hubs at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the downtown city airport Subang Skypark in Selangor, Malindo is an international carrier in the Lion Group. As of 15 May 2017, it has a fleet of 45 aircraft, flies to 46 destinations across 16 countries, and has interlining services with 4 airlines.

Toledo gets USD 50m network investment from AT&T over 3 years

AT&T (NYSE: T) has invested nearly USD 50m in its Toledo wireless and wired networks during 2014-2016, the company said.

These investments enhance reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

In 2016, AT&T made more than 100 wireless network upgrades in Lucas and surrounding counties. The completed improvements include adding greater capacity and speeds to cell towers within the area.

The AT&T LTE network covers nearly 400 million people in North America.

AT&T helps millions around the globe connect with leading entertainment, business, mobile and high speed internet services.