Travelling Like a Boss

For the frequent business traveller, it is common practice that to travel business class. Due to the recent economic crisis, there have been strong signs of first class travel disappearing, with business class being the more reasonable luxury choice of preference. As a result of this trend, business travellers have frequently seen, depending on the carrier and route, drastic reductions in business class fares. As many companies have been more conservative with their budgets since the breakout of the economic crisis in 2008, airlines often offer considerable discounts in order to fill business class cabins. A further recent development in travel has been the rise of a new intermediate class filling the gap between economy and business classes, also known as ‘premium economy’.

Travel alternatives

As the majority of industries, including airlines, have been hit by the recession, business travellers now actively seek discounted alternatives. Often a business class train fare is cheaper than the same business class airfare, so often business travellers will opt for rail travel despite rail travel taking longer. Of course, not all routes are covered by rail, for instance transatlantic routes. Here, many former business class travellers are now downgrading to premium economy or economy classes on long-haul flights so as to save money. For many top business executives, however, downgrading and abandoning the perks of business class just isn’t an option.

Business class for a reason

For those who can afford business class travel, there are of course huge benefits travelling to doing as so. Business class passengers benefit from the personal flight attendants, greater legroom and excellent food, not to mention the added privacy and equipment necessary for conducting business on the flight.  Dedicated business class travellers can even extend this quality service to the ground, so to speak. Limousine services such as Blacklane.com provide high quality, private business class travel services, be it airport transfers or for limousine services for the duration of a day.  Luxurious vehicles, personal chauffeurs and efficient service are only a few of their guarantees, making it the premium transportation option within a large number of cities.

GuestLogix Inc to deploy technology with Jet Airways in India

Global provider of onboard retail and payment technology solutions to airlines and the passenger travel industry, GuestLogix Inc (TSX:GXI) announced on Tuesday that it will deploy its onboard retailing technology and point-of-sale (POS) handheld devices to power Jet Airways’ in-flight duty free programme, JetBoutique.

Global provider of onboard retail and payment technology solutions to airlines and the passenger travel industry, GuestLogix Inc (TSX:GXI) announced on Tuesday that it will deploy its onboard retailing technology and point-of-sale (POS) handheld devices to power Jet Airways’ in-flight duty free programme, JetBoutique.

The technology and POS handheld devices are being deployed in conjunction with Inflight Sales Group (ISG), a pioneer of airline concession operations.

Implementation by Indian carrier Jet Airways is said to represent more than 14 million annual passenger trips for GuestLogix. The Indian carrier is expected to use the integrated solution to manage cash and credit card payments of duty free items onboard.

Currently Jet Airways operates a fleet of 102 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 60 next generation Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 20 modern ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft.

GuestLogix Inc aims to help carriers and other travel operators create, manage, and control onboard retail environments tailored to their needs and their passengers.

DataCash to manage Volotea’s international payment processing

DataCash Group Ltd (part of MasterCard Incorporated) a provider of multi-channel global payment processing services and advanced fraud prevention and risk management solutions to merchants and banks, announced on Monday that new European low cost carrier Volotea has selected DataCash to manage its international payment processing.

DataCash Group Ltd (part of MasterCard Incorporated) a provider of multi-channel global payment processing services and advanced fraud prevention and risk management solutions to merchants and banks, announced on Monday that new European low cost carrier Volotea has selected DataCash to manage its international payment processing.

DataCash said it has initially deployed its comprehensive Global Payments Gateway to provide Volotea with multi-currency bank card processing and online transaction security technology and 3-D Secure, while further services are to follow. DataCash’s payment processing integrates with Navitaire’s New Skies reservations system which powers many of the world’s low-cost carriers. DataCash’s Global Payments Solutions also incorporates EuroCommerce expertise and technology.

Volotea is headquartered in Barcelona and serves European mid-sized cities with direct connections that bypass large hubs. Its operations will include nine 125-seat Boeing 717s based in three locations: four in Marco Polo airport, Venice; three in Nantes and two in Ibiza. The carrier will serve a wide domestic and international network of destinations from each of the three airports.

The new airline has been founded by Carlos Munoz and Lazaro Ros, who also previously co-founded European low-cost carrier Vueling Airlines. Munoz holds the position of CEO of Volotea, while Ros is the airline’s general manager.

Clear Channel Airports collaborates with SapientNitro on new version of FlySmart: Be an Airport Insider app

Airport advertising company Clear Channel Airports (CCA) announced on Monday that it has partnered with SapientNitro, an integrated marketing and technology services firm, to launch the latest version of “FlySmart: Be an Airport Insider,” a mobile travel application that provides information to air passengers.

Airport advertising company Clear Channel Airports (CCA) announced on Monday that it has partnered with SapientNitro, an integrated marketing and technology services firm, to launch the latest version of “FlySmart: Be an Airport Insider,” a mobile travel application that provides information to air passengers.

The company said the FlySmart application combines SapientNitro’s mobile, marketing and technology expertise with Clear Channel Airport’s expertise in airports, air travel and airport technology, delivering a unique service to travelers, airports and advertisers. FlySmart has been enhanced to provide new features such as flight push notifications and Bing Maps capabilities.

FlySmart provides information about flight status, gate location, baggage claim, current weather conditions, parking availability, security wait time and ground transportation options. It also monitors multiple flights across various trips in real-time and travelers are immediately notifies if travel details change. The app also provides consumer ratings about restaurants, shops and services at the airport.

The new FlySmart app will be available in 96 US and international airports including the official partner airports in Boston, Denver and Minneapolis. It is now available for free download from iTunes, Google Play and Blackberry App World for consumers using iPhone, Android and Blackberry phones.

Clear Channel Airports is a division of outdoor advertising company Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc (NYSE:CCO). It currently operates more than 270 airport programmes around the world and has a presence in 32 of the top 50 US markets with major airports.

SapientNitro is part of Sapient (NASDAQ:SAPE) that combines multi-channel marketing and multi-channel commerce, to influence customer behavior across content, communication and commerce channels.

Platte River Ventures sells PRV Aerospace

Denver based private equity firm Platte River Ventures on Monday announced the sale of its portfolio company, PRV Aerospace LLC, to an affiliate of Court Square Capital Partners, a private equity firm with headquarters in New York.

Denver based private equity firm Platte River Ventures on Monday announced the sale of its portfolio company, PRV Aerospace LLC, to an affiliate of Court Square Capital Partners, a private equity firm with headquarters in New York.

Headquartered in Everett, PRV Aerospace is an aerospace and defense group which supplies components, subassemblies and assemblies to manufacturers of aircraft, aero-equipment and other defense platforms. Made up of six operating facilities, PRV Aerospace performs complex machining of hard metals and aluminum, sheet metal fabrication, assembly and test, repair and overhaul, and lower tier supply chain management.

Platte River formed PRV Aerospace in January 2010 by consolidating four aerospace operating companies it had acquired between 2006 and 2008, and PRV Aerospace subsequently completed two strategic add-on acquisitions in 2010 and last year.

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP served as legal counsel to Platte River, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch served as the exclusive financial advisor to PRV Aerospace during the sale.

Financial details of the sale were not disclosed.

Universal Aviation opens fourth Italian office

Ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation Inc Universal Aviation on Monday announced that it has opened a fourth office in Italy at Venice’s Marco Polp Airport.

Ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation Inc Universal Aviation on Monday announced that it has opened a fourth office in Italy at Venice’s Marco Polp Airport.

Universal Aviation Italy already has three offices in Italy, in Rome at Rome Ciampo Airport, and in Milan at Milano Malpensa Airport and Milan Linate.

Universal Aviation currently has over 40 locations in 20 countries, and is said to be known for adherence to standards for consistent, professional, personalised services, and regional expertise.

Available 24/7/365, Universal Aviation Venice is able to provide and arrange services which include: full VIP meet-and-greet service; customs and immigration coordination and assistance; diplomatic and VIP passenger coordination; UVair contract fuel; arrangement of all concierge and tourist services; VIP catering; dedicated passenger lounge; passenger and crew transportation as requested; taxi boats services; flight following and other communications; standard weather briefing and NOTAMs; ground handling services; and Internet access.

Gardner Group Limited acquires Airia SAS and subsidiaries

Better Capital PCC Limited on Thursday said that it has been informed of the acquisition of French company Airia SAS and its subsidiaries by Gardner-Airia Holdings SAS, a sister company of Gardner Group Limited.

Better Capital PCC Limited on Thursday said that it has been informed of the acquisition of French company Airia SAS and its subsidiaries by Gardner-Airia Holdings SAS, a sister company of Gardner Group Limited.

Airia and Gardner currently sit within the BECAP Fund LP investment portfolio.

Airia is involved in the manufacture, fabrication, assembly and distribution of aerospace detailed parts and it has its main operations in Mazeres, near Toulouse, with smaller sites in Marseille and Lyon.

Gardner is a UK based independently owned supplier of metallic aerospace details and sub-assemblies. Customers of Gardner currently include Airbus, Rolls-Royce, GKN, BAE Systems and other international companies in the aviation sector.

Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Immedius acquired by Boeing

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing (NYSE:BA) on Wednesday announced that it has completed the acquisition of Immedius.

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing (NYSE:BA) on Wednesday announced that it has completed the acquisition of Immedius.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Following the acquisition Immedius will be integrated into Continental DataGraphics (CDG), a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. Inmedius’ president and CEO Gary L Schaffer is expected to continue to lead the business now reporting to CDG President and CEO David Malmo.

Immedius is a provider of software applications and services for the management and sharing of information and learning content. Immedius is headquartered in Pittsburgh with offices in the UK and India and has approximately 75 employees.

Boeing company CDG is a provider of technical services, technical documentation, training solutions and software solutions and is headquartered in Long Beach and currently has over 1,200 employees around the globe with offices in a number of locations across the US, the UK and India.

Immedius acquired by Boeing

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing (NYSE:BA) on Wednesday announced that it has completed the acquisition of Immedius.

Aircraft manufacturer Boeing (NYSE:BA) on Wednesday announced that it has completed the acquisition of Immedius.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Following the acquisition Immedius will be integrated into Continental DataGraphics (CDG), a subsidiary of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services. Inmedius??? president and CEO Gary L Schaffer is expected to continue to lead the business now reporting to CDG President and CEO David Malmo.

Immedius is a provider of software applications and services for the management and sharing of information and learning content. Immedius is headquartered in Pittsburgh with offices in the UK and India and has approximately 75 employees.

Boeing company CDG is a provider of technical services, technical documentation, training solutions and software solutions and is headquartered in Long Beach and currently has over 1,200 employees around the globe with offices in a number of locations across the US, the UK and India.

Goodrich Corporation and Rolls-Royce sign agreement for nacelle maintainence service for British Airways

Goodrich Corporation (NYSE:GR) on Tuesday announced that it has signed an agreement with global power systems company Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) for the provision of nacelle maintenance services from British Airways under the engine maker’s Total Care support programme.

Goodrich Corporation (NYSE:GR) on Tuesday announced that it has signed an agreement with global power systems company Rolls-Royce (LSE:RR) for the provision of nacelle maintenance services from British Airways under the engine maker’s Total Care support programme.

Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.

The contract is expected to begin upon delivery of British Airways’ first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, which is scheduled for 2013. The agreement, which is the first for a Boeing 787 under Goodrich Aerostructures’ Prime Solutions suite of aftermarket services, is intended to allow Rolls-Royce to provide British Airways with a fully integrated propulsion system support programme.

The nacelle support programme will be managed with Rolls-Royce and it will use Goodrich’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility which is in Prestwick, Scotland. The programme is also expected to use Goodrich’s global nacelle MRO presence to offer support in all regions where the 787 Dreamliner will operate.

Goodrich Corporation is a Fortune 500 company and is a global supplier of systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets.