Sentient Jet | June 20, 2022
Sentient Jet, inventor of the private jet card and an industry pioneer, announces the company’s newest digital innovation: automated text-to-book, further simplifying the digital transaction process and providing its card owners a more thoughtful way to fly. With this digital advancement, card owners have quoting and booking capabilities via text, alleviating the need for human contact entirely. With user-authenticated, automated, Artificial Intelligence-like interaction, internal and external users can quote and book a flight in less than 60 seconds. This automation removes significant downtime from the booking process and continues to show how Sentient Jet systematizes both interactions and workflow to progress as an innovator and leader in the digital aviation space. It’s also a significant bridge to Sentient Jet’s proprietary workflow and booking systems.
This newest innovation helps to facilitate and ease the complex private aviation navigation process and organically integrates into Jet Card Owners day-to-day routines without the need for additional installs. Reinforcing simplistic digital, friction-free technology to enhance the customer journey remains a top priority and key differentiator for the brand as they evolve further within the digital sphere.
As evidenced by the company's mobile bookings, Sentient Jet card owners have already embraced digital transactions. Since its launch, Sentient Jet’s recently updated mobile application has seen nearly $300MM in total flights booked through the application, and, in addition, there continues to be unique paths to upgrades and various automated service layers that align seamlessly with the world-class service interactions of Sentient Jet’s senior client management teams.
As card owners continue to embrace mobile and the need for more straightforward transactions increase, Sentient Jet moves further into the digital space by rolling out auto text-to-book. A private aviation industry first, auto text-to-book allows card owners access to Sentient Jet’s smart and secure electronic service team where they can book travel to and from anywhere in the world from the messaging application on their smartphone. This innovation is a turning point in the company’s digital journey and across the industry as it provides its card owners an even more straightforward way to transact.
As the only tool of this kind in the private aviation space, Sentient’s unique text-to-book feature boasts unmatched features like instant pricing and clear AI prompted navigation and is scheduled to launch by Summer of 2022.
“We’re big believers in the future of ‘text-based commerce’ and are working to pave the way to introduce more AI-like interactions into the travel industry. This new way of booking is a real innovation in an already incredibly dynamic and complex market. Sentient Jet is streamlining the process in such a way that it puts the control in the users’ hands. We are thrilled to be at the forefront of a new chapter in the history of private aviation technology,"
Andrew Collins, President and CEO of Sentient Jet
How it works
Sentient’s smart electronic service team will guide you through a series of simple prompts, collect your necessary trip information, and present you with quote options to confirm the trip of your choice. Confirmation takes less than 30 seconds, and you’re done!
Sentient Jet’s newest digital innovation auto text-to-book helps to facilitate and ease the private aviation navigation process and organically integrates into Jet Card Owners day-to-day routines without the need for additional installs. Reinforcing simplistic digital technology to enhance the customer journey remains a top priority and key differentiator for the brand as they evolve further within the digital space.
About Sentient Jet
Founded in 1999 and now an integral part of Directional Aviation, Sentient Jet is one of the leading private aviation companies in the country. The Sentient Jet Card Program offers clients the flexibility and convenience of flying private for their personal and business air travel needs with industry-leading value. Sentient Jet is known for outstanding service and a commitment to safety programs, including the industry’s first and only Independent Safety Advisory Board. Sentient Jet’s extensive network of certified operators ensures that clients will always have access to executive aircraft that meet their rigorous standards for safety and quality.
Gogo Business Aviation | May 24, 2022
Gogo Business Aviation announced it will launch the first global broadband service in business aviation to use an electronically steered antenna (ESA) on a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite network.
Gogo's exclusive antenna assembly, designed in conjunction with Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), will be small enough for installation on the fuselage of business aircraft from super light jets and large turboprops to ultralong-range jets, and will operate on OneWeb's high-speed, low-latency broadband global network.
To access the network, the new service will require just one Gogo AVANCE LRU inside the aircraft, which means existing AVANCE customers will only have to install the ESA antenna, with a single cable for power in, and a single cable for data out.
"This will be a fast and affordable broadband system that will provide best-in-class global performance on the broadest range of aircraft in business aviation, We want to give everyone in business aviation the ability to have an exceptional broadband experience regardless of where they fly, or what size aircraft they fly."
Sergio Aguirre, Gogo Business Aviation's president and chief operating officer
The OneWeb network will deliver performance comparable to terrestrial broadband services, with game-changing low latency that is significantly less than geostationary satellites (GEOs). A multitude of users will be able to simultaneously perform data-heavy interactive online activities such as conducting simultaneous live video conferences, accessing cloud solutions such as Office365, watching live TV, streaming video applications like TikTok, and much more.
"Our agreement with Gogo Business Aviation represents a leap forward for business aviation connectivity," said Ben Griffin, vice president Mobility at OneWeb. "By harnessing the power of our LEO constellation to deliver robust, consistent, and reliable global coverage, OneWeb and Gogo will be able to offer an unmatched experience to business jet operators and passengers worldwide."
OneWeb's LEO constellation is fully funded and will consist of 648 satellites, 428 of which have already been launched.
"The world has been waiting for a high performance, cost-effective, flat panel antenna solution to realize the global, high-speed, low-latency promise of LEO satellite broadband – and Hughes has delivered," said Reza Rasoulian, vice president, Hughes. "Gogo's selection of the Hughes ESA solution affirms our engineering excellence and unlocks the value of OneWeb's global capacity for high-speed, inflight broadband anywhere on the planet."
Unlike GEO solutions, Gogo's LEO service will include one fuselage-mounted unit with an integrated antenna, modem, power supply and RF converter; will only require 28 volts of DC power; will not rely on aircraft-positioning data; and will include an AVANCE router.
"We've designed the system to reduce costs by simplifying the installation," Aguirre continued. "We have long delivered affordable, high-quality connectivity, and award-winning customer service to aircraft owners in North America, and now we want to bring those same benefits to all aircraft owners in the rest of the world."
For customers with an AVANCE L3 or L5 system in North America, the unique multi-bearer capability of the AVANCE platform will allow Gogo to combine capacity from OneWeb's LEO satellite network with Gogo's ATG network to deliver even higher capacity than LEO alone can provide.
The Gogo broadband service for business aviation will be available soon after the OneWeb network is fully launched and commercially available.
Gogo will provide global customer support through its network of 118 authorized dealers, including 24 that operate outside the United States, serving Gogo's more-than-1000 non-U.S. narrowband satellite customers that today operate in 83 countries around the world.
Gogo is the world's largest provider of broadband connectivity services for the business aviation market. We offer a customizable suite of smart cabin systems for highly integrated connectivity, inflight entertainment and voice solutions. Gogo's products and services are installed on thousands of business aircraft of all sizes and mission types from turboprops to the largest global jets, and are utilized by the largest fractional ownership operators, charter operators, corporate flight departments and individuals.
OneWeb is a global communications network powered from space, headquartered in London, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites with a network of global gateway stations and a range of user terminals to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and low-latency communications service, connected to the IoT future and a pathway to 5G for everyone, everywhere.
About Hughes Network Systems
Hughes Network Systems, LLC an innovator in satellite and multi-transport technologies and networks for 50 years, provides broadband equipment and services; managed services featuring smart, software-defined networking; and end-to-end network operation for millions of consumers, businesses, governments and communities worldwide. The Hughes flagship internet service, HughesNet®, connects millions of people across the Americas, and the Hughes JUPITER™ System powers internet access for tens of millions more worldwide. Hughes supplies more than half the global satellite terminal market to leading satellite operators, in-flight service providers, mobile network operators and military customers. A managed network services provider, Hughes supports nearly 500,000 enterprise sites with its HughesON™ portfolio of wired and wireless solutions. Headquartered in Germantown, Maryland, USA, Hughes is owned by EchoStar.
EchoStar Corporation is a premier global provider of satellite communication solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its Hughes Network Systems and EchoStar Satellite Services business segments.
Breeze Airways | May 20, 2022
Breeze Airways, the Seriously Nice™ low-fare airline founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, officially inaugurated service from Jacksonville International Airport today with a nonstop flight to Richmond, VA.
Richmond marks the first of eight new routes to be added from Jacksonville this summer, with fares starting as low as $49 one way.
On May 27, Breeze will add nonstop service to four cities: Columbus, OH; New Orleans, LA; Providence, RI; and Norfolk, VA. The airline will then connect Jacksonville with Hartford, CT on June 3; Westchester, NY on June 30; and Las Vegas, NV on September 8.
We’re thrilled to launch the first of eight new routes from Jacksonville today, Breeze connects cities with nonstop flights where only connecting service has been offered by other airlines -- and Jacksonville is an underserved market which deserves many more nonstops. We’re looking forward to giving our Northeast Florida Guests many more nice, convenient, and affordable flights to their favorite destinations.”
David Neeleman, Breeze Airways’ Chairman and CEO.
“We are so excited for Breeze Airways to take-off in Jacksonville,” Jacksonville Aviation Authority CEO Mark VanLoh said. “They will provide nonstop flights to some of the airport’s largest unserved markets at reasonable fares. As Northeast Florida continues to grow, we look forward to Breeze growing with us.”
In celebration of its inaugural service from Jacksonville, Breeze also announced a partnership with the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Triple-A Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Florida Marlins, furthering its commitment to the Jacksonville metropolitan area.
“The Jumbo Shrimp are thrilled to welcome Breeze to the Jacksonville market and excited to get our partnership going following the first flight from Jacksonville International Airport,” remarked EVP/GM of the Jumbo Shrimp Harold Craw. “The Breeze mantra of ‘Seriously Nice’ aligns perfectly with the fan-centric, affordable family fun that we as the Jumbo Shrimp strive to bring to Northeast Florida.”
The new partnership will be celebrated at the Jumbo Shrimp game against the Durham Bulls on May 19 at 7:05 p.m. EDT, when Danny Cox, Breeze Vice President of Guest Empowerment and Airport Operations, throws out the ceremonial first pitch.
Breeze will operate the new Jacksonville routes with its fleet of both Airbus A220s and Embraer 190s. The airline plans to more than double its fleet this year, from 13 Embraer 190 and 195 aircraft to 30 aircraft, including 14 Airbus A220s and three additional Embraer E-jets. Breeze has ordered 80 new Airbus A220-300 aircraft, that will be delivered one per month over the next six years, with options for 40 more.
Breeze’s initial A220 aircraft deliveries will feature 126 seats, including 36 First Class in a two-by-two configuration, 10 Extra Legroom seats, and 80 Standard Economy seats in a two-by-three configuration. The A220 seat configuration is dynamic however and later deliveries will offer 137 total seats, 12 First Class seats, 45 Extra Legroom seats and 80 Standard Economy seats onboard.
About Breeze Airways
Breeze Airways began service in May 2021 primarily in the east and southeast of the United States, but is expanding west across the U.S. with 90 routes between 31 cities in 18 states. Founded by aviation entrepreneur David Neeleman, Breeze is a low fare carrier offering “new, nice and nonstop flights” between secondary airports, bypassing hubs for shorter travel times. Breeze’s mission is to make the world of travel simple, affordable and convenient, using technology, ingenuity and kindness to improve the travel experience. With seamless booking, no change or cancellation fees, up to 24-months of reusable flight credit and customized flight features delivered via a sleek and simple app, Breeze makes it easy to buy and easy to fly.
Trive Capital | June 16, 2022
Karman Space & Defense backed by Dallas-based private equity firm Trive Capital has partnered with Cornerstone Research Group, Inc. to acquire the MG Resin family of technologies. The acquisition of MG Resins represents a significant expansion of Karman's core competencies in integrated composite systems for space & defense applications and creates a leading manufacturer in the carbon/carbon market.
The senior leadership team at CRG developed the patented MG family of resins to address the growing need for ultra-high temperature materials with higher char yields, improved processability, and reduced cycle times. CRG designed an innovative solution that will enable the production of best-in-class, high strength carbon-carbon parts at temperatures above 1200 °C.
"We are excited to partner with Karman and believe that their set of differentiated capabilities, capacity and talented team makes them the right strategic partner to deliver the MG Resin value proposition to customers across the space, missile, defense and hypersonic supply chains. We believe that joining forces with Karman will accelerate the commercialization of carbon-carbon technologies and look forward to creating value for customers,"
Patrick Hood, Chief Executive Officer of CR.
"This is a big milestone for Karman," said Tony Koblinksi, Chief Executive Officer of Karman. "CRG's MG Resin systems will allow Karman to offer highly differentiated high-temp materials solutions to our customer base. The MG Resin carbon-carbon technology, along with other CRG-developed resin systems, will serve as the launch point for Karman's broader move into advanced material sciences."
"With this acquisition, Karman can now offer vertically integrated composite systems. We believe that adding leading up-front material science capabilities to our existing design, engineering and manufacturing competencies will further Karman's mission to provide a single point of accountability, reduced lead times and higher quality to OEMs" commented David Stinnett, Partner at Trive Capital.
Monument Capital Partners advised Cornerstone Research Group. Haynes & Boone LLP served as legal counsel to Trive Capital.
Karman Space & Defense is an integrated concept-to-production solutions provider for the space and defense industry's most complex and mission-critical projects. Through its four divisions the company provides solutions for integrated dynamic systems, assemblies, and advanced manufacturing that are used in our industry's most critical programs, including crewed-space flight and hypersonic missions. Headquartered in Huntington Beach, CA, with facilities in Washington, Alabama, and Washington DC, Karman brings together industry-leading capabilities, advanced technologies, and the multi-decade history of its four business divisions, AAE Aerospace, AEC, AMRO, and Systima.
CRG is a high-technology company delivering products and services to aerospace, defense and industrial customers since 1997. Our multidisciplinary teams redefine what is possible to deliver innovative solutions with the support of a network of hundreds of leading technology providers. As result, CRG is a recognized fast-growing leader in innovation and technology commercialization, making the Inc. 5000 for the 7th time in 2020. Our technology portfolio covers a broad range with primary emphasis in aerosystems, power and energy, medical and sensors technology, materials science, and advanced manufacturing.
Trive Capital is a Dallas, Texas based private equity firm with more than $4 billion of regulatory assets under management. Trive focuses on investing equity and debt in what it sees as strategically viable middle-market companies with the potential for transformational upside through operational improvement. We seek to maximize returns through a hands-on partnership that calls for identifying and implementing value creation ideas.