Poly Introduces Poly Studio X Series for Microsoft Teams at Microsoft Ignite 2019

Poly | November 04, 2019

Plantronics, Inc. (“Poly” – formerly Plantronics and Polycom) (NYSE: PLT), a global communications company that powers meaningful human connection and collaboration, will introduce video conferencing devices with a built-in Microsoft Teams experience at Microsoft Ignite 2019. The Poly Studio X Series, purpose-built, all-in-one video bars for Microsoft teams, will offer a native Teams meeting and calling experience and are among a host of Poly solutions built for Teams that the company will demonstrate at the show. The Poly Studio X Series consists of two new video bars designed for small rooms, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50. The Poly Studio X Series are purpose-built appliances that will run the Teams application natively. The Studio X Series supports 4K Ultra high definition (UHD), advanced noise suppression and unmatched video production rules to improve all aspects of the meeting experience. Users can choose to control the Studio X Series with the new Poly TC8 touch screen.

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Modern Aviation Expands into the Midwest with the Acquisition of the Elliott Aviation FBO at Des Moines International Airport

Modern Aviation | September 26, 2022

Modern Aviation announced today that it has closed the acquisition of the FBO assets and operations at Des Moines International Airport from Elliott Aviation, bringing its total number of locations to thirteen.Modern's new FBO in Des Moines operates on a 17-acre leasehold and offers state of the art facilities and amenities such as conference rooms and workstations, sleep rooms, crew cars and comfortable lounge areas with approximately 145,000 square feet of heated hangar space and 20,000 square feet of office space. Elliott will continue to operate a maintenance, repair, and overhaul business on the airfield. "We are very excited about our new operation in Des Moines, which provides our customers access to our services for the first time in the Midwest. Elliott Aviation has a long history of providing outstanding customer service to its customers through its highly experienced and long tenured employees, all of whom have joined Modern. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Modern Aviation family to our new teammates and customers. We also look forward to partnering with the Des Moines Airport Authority to continue to grow DSM and benefit the local community." Mark Carmen, Modern Aviation's CEO Greg Sahr, President and CEO of Elliott Aviation, stated, Divesting our Des Moines FBO business to a great partner in Modern Aviation is a win-win for Elliott Aviation, our employees, Modern Aviation, and the Des Moines community. While our FBO employees will continue to provide exceptional service at the DSM location under the Modern umbrella, this divestiture will allow Elliott to focus our efforts and investment on growing our MRO business across our geographic footprint. In addition to Des Moines, Iowa (DSM), Modern Aviation operates at Wilmington, North Carolina (ILM), Seattle, Washington (BFI), Denver, Colorado (APA), San Juan, Puerto Rico (SIG), LaGuardia Airport, NY (LGA), John F. Kennedy Airport, NY (JFK), Long Island MacArthur Airport, NY (ISP), Republic Airport, NY (FRG), Francis S. Gabreski Airport, NY (FOK), Sacramento Executive Airport (SAC), Sacramento International Airport (SMF) and Sacramento Mather Airport (MHR). About MODERN AVIATION Modern Aviation is a growing company that is building a national network of premium FBO properties. Modern Aviation's strategy is to acquire and develop FBO operations in growth markets and to focus on providing exceptional service, extraordinary quality and industry-leading safety. Modern Aviation is backed by the growth-oriented infrastructure private equity fund, Tiger Infrastructure Partners. Modern Aviation is actively engaged in pursuing additional FBO acquisitions and development opportunities in North America and the Caribbean.

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AZUL AIRLINES PARTNERS WITH FETCHERR TO PILOT DEMAND PREDICTION AND ALGO PRICING PLATFORM

AZUL AIRLINES | September 30, 2022

Azul Airlines, the largest airline in Brazil by departures and number of cities served, announced today that it became the first to pilot Fetcherr's demand prediction and algorithm pricing technology. Since incorporating Fetcherr's AI-native continuous pricing optimization system into its existing revenue management processes, Azul Airlines has already witnessed improved revenue performance and optimized workflows.We are proud to be pioneers of change by being the first airline to pilot truly innovative tech solutions,said Abhi Shah, Chief Revenue Officer at Azul Airlines. We are excited that Fetcherr's platform will help us maximize our revenue, optimize our operations and provide a seamless, improved customer experience." "The airline industry has tremendous opportunities when it comes to continuous pricing and using real-time data for demand predictions,We are thrilled Azul Airlines has begun experimenting with our technology. We hope they become the catalyst for change." Roy Cohen, CEO and Co-Founder of Fetcherr Fetcherr's AI technology and continuous pricing model accurately predicts demand using real-time, sophisticated models and automatically provides pricing recommendations. The system is a mature, live production system that scans the entire network 24/7 and optimizes pricing recommendations with justification to generate significant hidden or lost revenue. The automation saves manpower, can publish the fares directly to all distribution channels and predicts demand in volatile times. Fetcherr's system has proven to be successful in innovative, volatile markets such as E-commerce and Algo-trading, and now, in conjunction with Azul Airlines, is set to disrupt the untouched territory of the airline industry. About Fetcherr Fetcherr is an Israeli company that developed a proprietary AI-powered goal-based enterprise pricing and workflow optimization system. Founded in 2019 by experts in deep learning, Algo-trading, e-commerce and digitization of legacy architecture, Fetcherr aims to disrupt traditional rule-based (legacy) revenue systems through reinforcement learning methodologies, beginning with the airline industry. For more information, please visit https://fetcherr.io/. About Azul Airlines Azul , the largest airline in Brazil by number of flight departures and cities served, offers more than 900 daily flights to more than 150 destinations. With a passenger operating fleet of more than 160 aircraft and more than 13,000 crewmembers, Azul has a network of more than 300 non-stop routes. In 2020 Azul was awarded best airline in the world by TripAdvisor, the first time a Brazilian Flag Carrier ranked number one in the Traveler's Choice Awards.

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NASA, SpaceX Launch Climate Science Research, More to Space Station

NASA | July 15, 2022

A SpaceX Dragon resupply spacecraft carrying more than 5,800 pounds of science experiments, crew supplies, and other cargo is on its way to the International Space Station after launching at 8:44 p.m. EDT Thursday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy for the company's 25th commercial resupply services mission for NASA. It is scheduled to autonomously dock at the space station about 11:20 a.m. Saturday, July 16, and remain there for about a month. Coverage of arrival will begin at 10 a.m. on NASA Television, the agency's website, and the NASA app. Among the science experiments Dragon is delivering to the space station are Mapping Earth's Dust The Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, employs NASA imaging spectroscopy technology to measure the mineral composition of dust in Earth's arid regions. Mineral dust blown into the air can travel significant distances and affect Earth's climate, weather, vegetation, and more. For example, dust containing dark minerals that absorb sunlight can warm an area, while light-colored mineral dust can cool it. Blowing dust also affects air quality, surface conditions such as rate of snow melt, and phytoplankton health in the ocean. The investigation collects images for one year to generate maps of the mineral composition in the regions on Earth that produce dust. Such mapping could advance our understanding of the effects of mineral dust on human populations now and in the future. Speedier Immune System Aging Aging is associated with changes in the immune response known as immunosenescence. Microgravity causes changes in human immune cells that resemble this condition, but happen faster than the actual process of aging on Earth. The Immunosenescence investigation, sponsored the by International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory, uses tissue chips to study how microgravity affects immune function during flight and whether immune cells recover post-flight. Tissue chips are small devices that contain human cells in a 3D structure, allowing scientists to test how those cells respond to stresses, drugs, and genetic changes. Soil in Space On Earth, complex communities of microorganisms carry out key functions in soil, including cycling of carbon and other nutrients and supporting plant growth. Dynamics of Microbiomes in Space sponsored by NASA's Division of Biological and Physical Sciences, examines how microgravity affects metabolic interactions in communities of soil microbes. This research focuses on microbe communities that decompose chitin, a natural carbon polymer on Earth. High School Student Weather Study BeaverCube is an education mission that will teach high school students aerospace science by having them design a CubeSat. BeaverCube will host one visible and two infrared imagers to measure cloud properties, ocean surface temperatures, and ocean color to study Earth's climate and weather systems. It also will demonstrate an application for the use of shape memory alloy technology via an in-orbit calibration technique. Genes, No Cells Cell-free technology is a platform for producing protein without specialized equipment of living cells that need to be cultured. Genes in Space-9, sponsored by the National Lab, demonstrates cell-free production of protein in microgravity and evaluates two cell-free biosensors that can detect specific target molecules. This technology could provide a simple, portable, and low-cost tool for medical diagnostics, on-demand production of medicine and vaccines, and environmental monitoring on future space missions. Better Concrete Biopolymer Research for In-Situ Capabilities looks at how microgravity affects the process of creating a concrete alternative made with an organic material and on-site materials, such as lunar or Martian dust, known as a biopolymer soil composite. Using resources available where construction takes place makes it possible to increase the amount of shielding.

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Delta Air Lines Partners with Aviation Partners Boeing to Support Sustainability Goals

DELTA AIRLINES | August 17, 2022

Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) and Delta Air Lines, Inc. (Delta) share a commitment to reduce aircraft carbon emissions. Today, APB is excited to announce Delta's recent agreements to purchase Split Scimitar Winglets for its 737-800 fleet and for a number of recently acquired 737-900ER aircraft. Delta also recently agreed to purchase Scimitar Blended Winglets for up to 70 of Delta's 757-200 aircraft. Both the Split Scimitar Winglets and Scimitar Blended Winglets are upgrades to APB's ubiquitous Blended Winglets. Delta has previously purchased and installed APB winglet products on its 737-800, 737-900ER, 757-200, 757-300 and 767-300ER fleets. APB is proud that Delta has, once again, turned to APB's winglet products across its fleets to deliver savings in jet fuel consumption and gains in fuel efficiency. "The recent challenges for the industry have forced many airlines to focus on efforts other than emissions reduction and operational efficiency ."Delta's recent agreements to purchase additional APB winglet products is a clear indication of Delta Air Lines' unwavering dedication to building a more sustainable future for air travel." Craig McCallum, Aviation Partners Boeing senior director of sales and marketing. We could not be more excited and honored to continue our partnership with Delta Air Lines to reduce aircraft fuel consumption and carbon emissions. We are inspired by Delta's ambitious sustainability goals and extremely grateful for their continued endorsement of APB products," says Aviation Partners Boeing chief commercial officer, Patrick LaMoria.Since forming in 1999, airlines worldwide have placed orders for over 9,500 of APB visual technology winglet systems. APB estimates that its products have reduced aircraft fuel consumption worldwide by over 13.4 billion gallons to-date thereby saving over 141 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company.

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The aviation industry is well on it’s way to recovery
following the devastating impact of the Covid -19 pandemic. Following a catastrophic few years for the industry, Cirium expects global passenger numbers to grow by 47 per cent in 2022, matching volumes last seen in 2015.

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