Air Canada studies dozens of potential A220 routes

Flightglobal | January 15, 2019

Air Canada has disclosed several dozen routes on which it might deploy new Airbus A220s, which are expected to come online in January 2020. The routes span North America and originate from major Canadian cities of Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver, according to a map displayed on 14 January by Air Canada vice-president of network planning Mark Galardo. Galardo, speaking during a media event at Airbus's A220 assembly site in Mirabel, notes that the routes are only under study and that Air Canada has not made final decisions.

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Grupo Aeromexico | August 12, 2022

Pricefx, the global leader in cloud-native pricing software announced that Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline and a leader in Latin American aviation, has selected Pricefx to help enhance its travel agency business analytics. Leveraging Pricefx’s award-winning AI technology, Aeromexico will implement Pricefx to evaluate agency performance and improve commission payment insights with future plans to design bespoke, front and back-end Agency commission plans. After the initial implementation, Aeromexico plans to broaden the use cases for Pricefx to other areas of its business to improve commercial performance. “Technology is increasingly important to agency management and other areas of our airline. We are excited to partner with Pricefx on the development of a new sales analytics product for the airline industry, driving value in our critical travel agency segment. By leveraging Pricefx’s expertise, we believe we can strengthen Aeromexico’s commercial strategy with better execution and improved speed-to-market.” Rastislav Martos, Senior Vice President of Revenue Management and Distribution for Aeromexico With dozens of different fare possibilities combined with fare families and ancillaries for each itinerary, the airline industry’s public and private fares are complex to manage. With Pricefx, airlines can leverage technology to track return on investment from travel agency commission payments in a meaningful way. Additionally, the Pricefx solution can be used as a single platform for airlines to dynamically price cargo, loyalty points, ancillaries and corporate programs. “The process of managing airline pricing can be dramatically improved with technology that provides critical data insights,” said Ronak Sheth, President & Chief Revenue Officer at Pricefx. “With Pricefx, Aeromexico will have best-in-class AI and analytics to improve its agency performance. This will be a major game changer and we are looking forward to working with Aeromexico to make it a reality.” Aeromexico was recently interviewed about why they selected Pricefx and their implementation plans. The video interview is available on Pricefx’s YouTube channel. About Grupo Aeromexico Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline has its main hub at Mexico City International Airport. Its destinations network features the United States, Canada, Central America, South America, Asia, and Europe. The Group's operating fleet is comprised of Boeing 787 and 737 jet airliners and Embraer 190 models. Aeromexico is a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which celebrated its 21st anniversary, and serves 170 countries with its 18 SkyTeam airline partners. Aeromexico created and implemented a Health and Sanitization Management System (HSMS) to protect its customers and employees at all steps of its operations. About Pricefx Pricefx is the global leader in SaaS pricing software, offering a comprehensive suite of solutions that are fast to implement, flexible to configure and customize, and friendly to learn and use. Based on cloud-native architecture, Pricefx delivers a complete price optimization and management platform that provides the industry’s fastest time-to-value and lowest total cost of ownership. Its innovative solution works for B2B and B2C enterprises of any size, in any industry, in any part of the world. Pricefx’s business model is entirely based on the satisfaction and loyalty of its customers. For enterprises facing pricing challenges, Pricefx is the cloud pricing optimization, management, and CPQ platform to dynamically Plan, Price and Profit.

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American Water | August 02, 2022

American Water the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, is proud to announce a significant milestone for its Unmanned Aerial System Program. American Water has been granted a Federal Aviation Administration waiver to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight. This waiver will allow American Water to fly 4-miles from the UAS pilot providing the company with the opportunity to enhance its monitoring of source water and potential environmental threats to the water supply. “This waiver is a significant and exceptionally rare achievement for American Water and our UAS program. Annually, American Water captures more than 500,000 images & aerial maps of its assets through our drone program. These images help us monitor our systems and continue to provide our customers with safe, reliable water and wastewater service.” Christopher Kahn, Director of UAS, American Water American Water also places a significant emphasis on aviation safety. The company utilizes an aviation Safety Management System (SMS), and its pilots receive up to 250 hours of initial training, depending on complexity of airframe and mission. Beyond training, the SMS provides a structured means of safety risk management decision making. In addition to source water monitoring, American Water intends to utilize BVLOS for emergency response activities. “As a water utility, many of our critical facilities are low-lying and can be inaccessible for extended periods of time during flooding events,” Kahn says, “Our long-range mapping and inspection airframes, the Censys Technologies Sentaero BVLOS V2, provides the ability to safely inspect facilities from miles away, while staying in the air for well over an hour.” "American Water earning this FAA approval is important for the integration of drones in the national airspace because it is an example of enterprise operation standardization across multiple applications,” says Trevor Perrott, CEO & Co-Founder Censys Technologies. “Through American Water's leadership, our country is another step closer to making safe BVLOS drone missions commonplace. The exciting part is the story doesn't end here." American Water is currently working closely with several government agencies and partner organizations to enable BVLOS UAS missions during Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR), which are commonly in place after natural disasters. About American Water With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. About Censys Technologies Censys Technologies Corporation builds remote sensing hardware and software solutions for UAS service providers, enterprise organizations and government entities. This includes the Sentaero family of products – which is the UAV performance and value leader in the fields of agriculture, infrastructure monitoring, disaster relief and public safety. Created by three Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumni in 2017, Censys Technologies’ priorities are centered on understanding customer needs and delivering technology and products that will perform and grow their business – bringing intelligence to business from beyond the horizon.

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Koniku, Inc. | July 21, 2022

Koniku, Inc. and Airbus Americas, Inc. have announced the expansion and deepening of their collaboration, which began in 2017, to advance aviation safety and security from curbside to gate for billions of travelers globally. Koniku has created “smell cyborgs” that detect a range of compounds in the air in real-time, empowering Airbus to design a touchless & seamless traveler experience. The 24-month collaboration marks a pivotal milestone in the companies' joint go-to-market strategy. The Konikore™ by Airbus solution will enable a seamless travel experience from curbside to gate while expanding safety beyond traditional areas and enhancing existing security measures. Airbus joins the Koniku Technology Integrator Ecosystem to build on Koniku’s proprietary wetware technology stack. The Konikore™ smell cyborg weighs less than 600 grams and embeds engineered living biological neurons capable of reading the air and detecting volatile organic compounds—replicating the function of a dog’s nose. The technology is IoT enabled, streams data to the cloud, and provides numerous functionalities, including reporting, a machine learning backend, and more. Beyond security, Konikore™ is applicable in the areas of health, diagnostics, manufacturing, food safety, industrial and other verticals. Notably and beyond explosives, the Konikore™ can detect drugs like amphetamines, fentanyl, and hundreds of other compounds. Over time, the smell cyborg will be adjusted to detect contrabands, viruses and pathogens. When a respective molecular compound comes in contact with the Konikore™ an alarm is triggered. So through the rapid development of a Minimum Viable Product, Airbus Americas will provide a real-time explosive detection solution that uses Konikore™. “We're delighted to expand our partnership with a 'best in class' market leader like Airbus. The Airbus leadership team, including Airbus Corporate Security, has repeatedly reinforced to Koniku the paramount importance of passenger security, safety, and positive experience on the ground and at 30,000 feet. We feel excited about bringing such revolutionary technology into the real world.” Osh. Agabi, Koniku Inc.’s CEO “This collaboration will allow Airbus to explore the development of advanced biotechnology solutions capable of revolutionizing aviation and airport security, for the benefit of both passengers and aviation transportation security officials,” said Jeff Knittel, Airbus Americas Inc. Chairman, and CEO. This collaboration will leverage Airbus’ engineering capabilities across the U.S. In particular, MTM Robotics, a fully-owned Airbus subsidiary, will develop and prototype software-hardware integration solutions at their headquarters in Mukilteo, Washington. This partnership is the latest phase in an ongoing cooperation agreement between Koniku and Airbus, which began in 2017. Koniku and Airbus have performed multiple successful tests and performance validations in partnership with local and federal law enforcement agencies and airport security operations. This collaboration marks a pivotal milestone in the companies' joint go-to-market strategy. Koniku opens partnership applications for additional partners into the company’s technology integrator ecosystem next month. Koniku is recently coming off a funding round with Presight Capital, SoftBank, IDO Investments, Platform Capital, Andon Okapi Holdings and Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company. They join existing investors, including IndieBio SOSV, IT Farm, and Airbus Ventures. About Koniku Koniku builds smell cyborgs. We are intent on getting our small form factor smell cyborgs in 10 million homes in America this decade. Koniku aims to securely and safely diagnose disease and maintain health and wellness in real-time. We are building a marketplace that makes every individual the CEO of their own health. Koniku is a synthetic biotechnology company. We leverage synthetic biology merged with silicon to build devices to map all volatile organic compounds that touch human life. Our smell cyborgs are capable of autonomously and intelligently reading the air. We engineer proteins in biological neurons to create precise protein particle interactions. The biological cells function as sensors, amplifiers, and biological signal processors. Our new, unique & proprietary data set is fed into a machine learning back end. Koniku’s fast and scalable data universe positions us to classify and create value from all smells that impact human life. Our full-stack wetware technology helped us create the Koniku Technology Integrator Ecosystem - KTIE. KTIE is a solutions developer community fostering businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies.

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