Panasonic Avionics expands Hunter, Eutelsat partnership

To provide Lake Forest, California-based Panasonic Avionics Corporation with added capacity to address growing customer demand for its in-flight connectivity service, Hunter Communications and Eutelsat Americas, a subsidiary of Eutelsat Communications (Paris: ETL; NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) have expanded their multi-transponder contract on the EUTELSAT 115 West B satellite, the companies said.

Panasonic Avionics has been using the North American beam of EUTELSAT 115 West B through its arrangement with Hunter to provide its customers with connectivity for domestic flights inside Canada, from Newfoundland to the Yukon. The additional capacity helps Panasonic address the growing demand from its customers on these routes.

Panasonic Avionics is a global supplier of integrated and tailored inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) systems. The company´s solutions blend the latest in inflight entertainment technology, connectivity services, and consumer technologies, and help airlines achieve their business objectives.

Panasonic Avionics, a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation, has over 5,000 employees and operations in 80 global locations. It has delivered over 9,000 IFE systems and 1,500 inflight connectivity solutions to the world´s airlines.

Hunter Communications provides global satellite solutions for the US government, energy industry, maritime, and aeronautical sectors. The company focuses on bringing together satellite capacity from many space segment providers, the latest ground segment technology, and customers to provide innovative satellite communications solutions.

Eutelsat Communications, an operator of communications satellites, provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data, and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies.

Its satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries.

Volaris reports June 2017 passenger growth of 4%, load factor of 89%

Volaris (NYSE: VLRS and BMV: VOLAR), the ultra-low-cost airline serving Mexico, the United States, and Central America, has reported June 2017 and year-to-date preliminary traffic results,.

During June 2017 the airline increased total capacity, as measured in Available Seat Miles (ASMs), by 7.8% year over year. Total demand, as measured in Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs), in June 2017 increased 8.0% year over year, reaching 1.3 billion.

Volaris transported a total of 1.3 million passengers during the month, an increase of 3.7% year over year. Network load factor for June was 89.1%, an increase of 0.2%age points year over year.

During the first six months of 2017, the airline increased total capacity, as measured in Available Seat Miles (ASMs), by 16.7% year over year. Total demand, as measured in Revenue Passenger Miles (RPMs), for the six months ended June 2017 increased 15.2% year over year, reaching 7.8 billion.

Volaris transported a total of 8.0 million passengers during the first six months of 2017, an increase of 13.5% year over year. Network load factor for the first six months of the year was 84.5%, a decrease of 1.1%age points year over year.

During June 2017, it began operating two domestic routes (Cozumel, Quintana Roo — Guadalajara, Jalisco and Guadalajara, Jalisco — Oaxaca, Oaxaca) and one international route (Los Angeles, California — Oaxaca, Oaxaca).

Volaris is an ultra-low-cost carrier, with point-to-point operations, serving Mexico, the United States, and Central America. Since beginning operations in March 2006, the carrier has increased its routes from five to more than 164 and its fleet from four to 67 aircraft. The airline offers more than 301 daily flight segments on routes that connect 40 cities in Mexico and 28 cities in the United States and Central America.

Egencia survey shows business travelers want to manage travel on all devices

The 4th edition the Egencia Business Travel and Technology Survey highlights the increasing desire by business travelers for technology access and cross-device integration, along with greater productivity offerings, on the road,.

Instead of incentives such as priority boarding and airport lounge access topping business travelers´ wish lists, the study revealed travelers are looking to technology to make the corporate travel journey more productive and manageable.

Accessibility is a key theme to stay productive; 66% of business travelers across regions want to manage and book their business travel on every mobile device, not just on their smartphone. Additionally, 50% of global respondents would avoid human interaction on the road unless they are having a problem and 56% of global respondents simply want access to business travel tools to do more on mobile in general.

According to the survey, business travelers are optimistic when it comes to technology´s role in improving their business travel experience: 48% would like to use text to update their travel arrangements — highest among US business travelers (63%); 43% believe advancements in artificial intelligence will help improve their travel experiences — highest among US business travelers (55%).

This study, conducted on behalf of Egencia by globally integrated strategic insights consulting firm Northstar, was conducted among 4521 business travelers aged 18 and older in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States (with n=500 surveys completed per country). Surveys were completed online in April and May 2017.

Egencia, the business travel arm of the Expedia group, provides services in more than 65 countries. It connects content, technology, service, and reporting for travelers in one place.

XTI Aircraft Company Adds Paul Willard to Board

Silicon Valley investor and serial entrepreneur Paul Willard has joined XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) board of directors for a three-year term, effective June 15, 2017,.

XTI Aircraft Company is a privately owned aviation business based near Denver, founded in 2012. XTI is guided by a leadership team with decades of experience, a deep well of expertise, and success bringing new aircraft to market.

XTI is founded on a culture of customer-focused problem solving to meet the evolving needs of modern travelers.

Amerijet International Airlines earns CEIV certification

Amerijet International is the first all-cargo airline of US origin to earn IATA´s CEIV-Pharma certification after being awarded the designation on June 27, 2017, the company said.

Successful completion of the certification process allows Amerijet to strengthen its promise to exceed the high standards set by the pharmaceutical industry. Amerijet has invested heavily in technology, infrastructure and processes over the last few years to ensure the safe handling and transportation of high-value and temperature sensitive cargo.

Amerijet International, Inc. is a full-service multi-modal transportation and logistics provider, offering international, scheduled all-cargo transport via land, sea, and air.

Amerijet has more than 40 years of experience handling temperature sensitive air freight. The airline transports over 300 million pounds (136 million kg.) of freight including 65 million pounds (30 million kg.) of temperature controlled products annually.

Spirit AeroSystems creates 3- and 4-axis fabrication center of excellence

Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR) has created a 3- and 4-axis machining center of excellence at its McAlester, Okla., facility, the company said.

The center will accommodate new detailed parts fabrication work in the global aerostructures market, while also supporting current customer contracts.

The purchase and installation of new equipment in McAlester includes 18 new machines purchased from a fabrication shop in Juarez, Mexico. Spirit acquired the machines to create soft metal machining capacity as part of a U.S.-based center of excellence.

This is in addition to the creation of a 5-axis center of excellence in Wichita and the planned expansion of operations in Malaysia to help Spirit grow its global fabrication business. Spirit is already one of the largest aircraft part fabricators for the aerospace industry, machining parts that primarily support Spirit´s statement of work.

Spirit´s Oklahoma operations include facilities in McAlester and Tulsa. The state-of-the-art machines installed in McAlester position Spirit to compete in the global metal fabrication market. More than 1,000 unique parts have already been scoped and are in process of being scheduled for production.

The new center will specialize in small- to medium-sized parts and is expected to be fully operational later this year. The new capabilities will generate millions of dollars in new revenue for Spirit. Spirit´s total fabrication capability spans more than 2.6 million square feet and produces more than 38,000 parts daily.

Spirit AeroSystems designs and builds aerostructures for both commercial and defense customers. With headquarters in Wichita, Kansas, Spirit operates sites in the U.S., U.K., France and Malaysia. The company´s core products include fuselages, pylons, nacelles and wing components for the world´s premier aircraft. Spirit AeroSystems focuses on affordable, innovative composite and aluminum manufacturing solutions to support customers around the globe.

Anova Technologies rebrands proprietary radio platform

Anova Technologies, a global provider of wireless and fiber exchange connectivity, is rebranding its proprietary radio platform, the company said.

The technology will now live under the Celeras product family name, which also encompasses Anova´s other in-house hardware, such as the Relay.

Anova acquired the right to use this technology and its associated patents last year from its hardware partner and development on the 10Gbps FSO-only system is currently underway at its research and manufacturing facility in Fremont, CA.

Anova Technologies is the preeminent provider and innovator in transport and hardware to the electronic trading space. Since its inception in 2009, Anova has pioneered the deployment methodology for millimeter wave point-to-point networks, is the sole provider of long distance hybrid lasercom connectivity, patented and deployed endpoint termination devices and been honored with multiple awards and media coverage.

Embraer delivers 35 commercial, 24 executive jets in 2Q17

During the second quarter of 2017 (2Q17), Embraer (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) delivered 35 jets to the commercial aviation market and 24 jets to the business aviation market, of which 16 were light jets and eight were large jets, the company said.

The number of deliveries in Commercial Aviation rose roughly 35% over the same period last year.

With respect to Executive Jets, the segment delivered five large jets more than in the second quarter of 2016, although in total the company delivered two units less in 2Q17 compared to 2Q16.

On June 30, Embraer´s firm order backlog totaled USD 18.5 billion.

The main highlights of the quarter were Embraer´s announcements during the Paris Air Show, which could reach 51 aircraft and roughly USD 3 billion, at current list prices.

Innovation in China takes lead in globe

In June 2017, H3C S12500X-AF, a data center core switch, successfully passed the test of Network Test, a leading global authority of testing and has become the first core switch to achieve 768 line-speed 100G interfaces per chassis, which is the industry´s only and the highest performance core switch equipment, the company said.

This is by far the largest scale of 100G Ethernet switch performance test among the industry, which, not only verified the R&D capacities of New H3C, also demonstrated to the world the strength of “Innovation in China”.

Conducted by Network Test, an independent testing agency authorized by New H3C. The test adopted the world´s leading Spirent communication testing instrument and selected Fullmesh, a traffic model for traffic testing on all 768 line-speed 100G interfaces.The test was unprecedentedly challenging in order to better reflect users application scenarios as well as a purposed test on the large scale IP routing forwarding.

However, in the practice of continuous testing, the performance of H3C S12500X-AF was very stable, which fully demonstrated its excellent performance and reliability.

H3C S12500 series are the core switches developed by New H3C.

New H3C Group (New H3C) is a world-leading provider of New IT solutions. It is fully committed to the research & development, production, sales, consulting and services of New IT products and solutions.

Virgin America named 'Top Domestic Airline' 2017 in Travel + Leisure'

Virgin America today was named “Top Domestic Airline” 2017 in Travel + Leisure “World´s Best Awards” for a 10th-consecutive year, the company said.

In May, Alaska Airlines ranked highest in airline customer satisfaction among traditional carriers for the 10th-consecutive year in the J.D. Power 2008-2017 North America Airline Satisfaction Study.

Travel + Leisure´s ´World´s Best´ award evaluates all airlines for cabin comfort, in-flight service, customer service and value.

Alaska Airlines, together with Virgin America and its regional partners, flies 40 million guests 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, Virgin America and Alaska Global Partners, guests can earn and redeem miles on flights to more than 900 destinations worldwide.

Alaska Airlines ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers in North America” in the J.D. Power North America Satisfaction Study for 10 consecutive years from 2008 to 2017. Alaska Mileage Plan ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Airline Loyalty Rewards Programs” in the J.D. Power 2016 Airline Loyalty/Rewards Program Satisfaction Report for the last three consecutive years.