Orbit | March 28, 2022
The business aviation market will have access to a new compact and lightweight terminal for Inmarsat's market-leading Jet ConneX (JX) inflight broadband solution from early next year, after the company expanded its partnership with Orbit Communication Systems, a leading provider of airborne communication solutions.
Orbit's AirTRx30 terminal is progressing towards type approval on Inmarsat's global Ka-band satellite network, which powers JX. The advanced system is compatible with a wide range of business jets, from super mid-size to large cabin platforms, and includes only two Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), consisting of a modem manager (MODMAN) and tail-mounted antenna. The simplified architecture is optimised for efficient installation and weight savings, which in turn also helps to reduce its environmental impact.
The AirTRX30 builds on patented Orbit aperture designs that are already used by Inmarsat's government customers and will also be compatible with upcoming Ka-band satellites that are being launched over the next few years as part of Inmarsat's ground-breaking technology roadmap.
Kai Tang, Inmarsat's Head of Business Aviation, said: "Inmarsat has a successful track record of working with Orbit in the government market. We are delighted to build on this strong foundation and expand our partnership into business aviation. Inmarsat's Jet ConneX is already established as the gold standard of inflight broadband in business aviation, with more than 1,100 customers across the world. With demand for aircraft and the premium connectivity that supports those operators at historical highs, Inmarsat is excited to expand our partner ecosystem for Jet ConneX with world-class manufacturers such as Orbit."
"We are very pleased to strengthen our partnership with Inmarsat and provide its Jet ConneX customers with a future-proof solution that can be used throughout the life of their aircraft. The open architecture and interfaces of our AirTRx30 terminal allow easy integration, ensuring flexibility and adaptability to passenger needs, which we know is more important than ever. Inmarsat's relentless focus on innovation is fully aligned with our own, and we look forward to working together in the business aviation market."
Tuomo Rutanen, VP Sales and Business Development, Orbit Communication Systems
Orbit is currently working with OEMs, service providers and after-market partners to set-up distribution, certification, installation and customer support capabilities for the AirTRx30 globally. The company's commitment to quality is driven by its ISO9001, AS9100, AS6500 and various other certifications as well as a long legacy in designing and delivering qualified and proven solutions for extreme aeronautical, military and climate conditions. The AirTRx30 will be manufactured at Orbit's U.S. facility in Deerfield Beach, Florida and DO-160G qualified terminals will begin shipping in Q1 2023 or earlier.
Inmarsat is the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world's most diverse global portfolio of mobile telecommunications satellite networks, and holds a multi-layered, global spectrum portfolio, covering L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unparalleled breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. Inmarsat's long-established global distribution network includes not only the world's leading channel partners but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling end to end customer service assurance.
The company has an unrivalled track record of operating the world's most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, sustaining business and mission critical safety & operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, sustaining its leadership through a substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and manufacturing partners.
Inmarsat operates across a diversified portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the Maritime, Government, Aviation and Enterprise satcoms markets, operating consistently as a trusted, responsive and high-quality partner to its customers across the globe.
Orbit Communication Systems Ltd., a leading global provider of airborne communications and satellite-tracking maritime and ground-station solutions, is helping to expand and redefine how we connect. You'll find Orbit systems on airliners and jet fighters, cruise ships and navy vessels, ground stations and offshore platforms. We deliver innovative, cost-effective, and highly reliable solutions to commercial operators, major navies and air forces, space agencies and emerging New Space companies.
Ansys | January 31, 2022
The Nordic Air Racing Team, an official Air Race E team, successfully completed the world's first flight of an all-electric racing plane – the plane was designed and engineered with the help of Ansys (NASDAQ: ANSS) simulation solutions. As the official simulation software partner of Air Race E, Ansys enables teams to overcome some of the key engineering challenges of fully electric flight.
Air Race E, the world's first and only all-electric airplane racing championship, is a competitive platform that will accelerate the development of more electric and fully electric propulsion for aerospace applications. These technological advancements are critical for the aviation industry as companies and countries around the world work to reduce carbon emissions — especially those related to travel.
The competing teams are racing to prove their planes are airworthy in advance of the official Air Race E series, which launches in 2023. The Nordic Air Racing Team used Ansys software along with the Ansys Learning Hub, and collaborated with Ansys technical experts to reduce the overall project lead time by 40%.
"This first manned electric Air Race E race plane flight is a historic moment and a landmark achievement in the aviation industry, It's the culmination of months of planning, designing, concept developing, testing and manufacturing by the engineers — none of which could have been achieved without the support and expertise of Ansys and our other visionary partners. Everyone at Air Race E is extremely proud to be part of the burgeoning electric vehicle revolution, and we are grateful to Ansys for their role in making this defining milestone possible."
-Jeff Zaltman, CEO at Air Race E.
Engineers on The Nordic Air Racing Team used Ansys multiphysics simulation solutions as they retrofitted a piston engine racing aircraft with an electric powertrain. Ansys was also used to modify the nose of the plane, optimize the center of gravity, air cooling system and aerodynamics, and develop the composite motor compartment.
"Ansys simulations made us feel extremely confident about our aircraft and shortened the timeline to achieving our first flight, I was surprised to see how Ansys software can integrate each and every parameter requirement for a system as complex as our battery. Without simulation in the early stages, our team would have had approximately 250 additional hours of experimental work around the battery pack's heat dissipation and propagation."
-Sathvik Rao, an engineer for The Nordic Air Racing Team.
The Nordic Air Racing Team is one of seven official teams currently registered to compete in Air Race E. The official racing series involves up to eight small propeller airplanes taking off simultaneously, flying at 30 feet at speeds of 250 mph. It is the only motorsport of its kind.
If you've ever seen a rocket launch, flown on an airplane, driven a car, used a computer, touched a mobile device, crossed a bridge or put on wearable technology, chances are you've used a product where Ansys software played a critical role in its creation. Ansys is the global leader in engineering simulation. Through our strategy of Pervasive Engineering Simulation, we help the world's most innovative companies deliver radically better products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software, we help them solve the most complex design challenges and create products limited only by imagination. Founded in 1970, Ansys is headquartered south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
777 Partners | May 06, 2022
777 Partners, a Miami-based private investment firm with a growing aviation and travel portfolio, announced the acquisition of Tel Aviv-based AeroCRS and Copenhagen-based WorldTicket.
The addition of AeroCRS and WorldTicket to 777 Partners' travel technology portfolio supports the company's ambitious technology strategy focused on delivering solutions that create new commerce channels for travel companies and improve next-generation retailing, distribution, interlining, and passenger connectivity.
"Changes within the travel sector have created an unprecedented opportunity for a new wave of highly disruptive companies focused on the latest retailing technology to partner with the wider travel community. We are delighted to welcome the talented AeroCRS and WorldTicket teams into the 777 family as we deliver on our exciting travel strategy through 2022 and beyond."
Joshua Wander, founder and managing partner of 777 Partners
777 Partners also leases aircraft and deploys technology solutions to its dynamic portfolio of airline investments, including Flair in Canada and the Australian start-up airline Bonza. With the 2019 acquisition of Air Black Box, an interlining technology company, the addition of AeroCRS and WorldTicket will form a new travel group offering a suite of disruptive technology products to airlines and travel companies worldwide. The acquisitions are part of 777 Partners' $100m commitment to the travel vertical and supporting the post-pandemic travel rebound and industry restructure through new disruptive technology opportunities.
Founded in 2006, Israel-based AeroCRS offers several travel-related products, including inventory management, reservations, and flight/fare management technology. The proven technology and product suite have been adopted significantly over the last two years as the aviation industry reviewed partnerships and distribution strategies. With cloud based and NDC level 4 technology at its heart, AeroCRS already hosts 90 airlines worldwide, with eight more in advanced implementation.
Meir Hadassi Turner, CEO & Founder of AeroCRS, said, "We are delighted to embark on our next exciting growth stage with 777 Partners. The adjacent synergies across the investment portfolio are significant and combined with 777's own proprietary technology and talent, we'll create a new travel group and a suite of travel solutions to support the growth and transformation of global start-up, low cost and full-service carriers of all sizes."
The acquisitions were led by Josh Wander and Steve Pasko, the founders of 777 Partners, and Adam Weiss, Chief Executive Officer of the firm's travel group who oversees all aviation and travel investments.
"Over the last two years, we have been focused on architecting and building a platform of interoperable, modular products which enable airlines, airports, and other travel companies to evolve their business models and regain control of passenger relationships by unencumbering themselves from legacy systems. These acquisitions significantly advance that effort." said Adam Weiss.
AeroCRS provides technology services and distribution connectivity to more than 90 travel companies worldwide since 2006. Its technology solutions include inventory management, yield & revenue management, fares & classes management, open API, B2C & B2B platform, fares branding, FFP, BI platform, reporting center, and many more technology services. In addition to the core software services, AeroCRS invented the AeroCRS Network. The Network is an online distribution platform for airlines based on API integrations globally to over 20 distribution channels. Any airline using the AeroCRS Network can increase sales and grow distribution reach no matter which Passenger Service System (PSS) solution it uses.
WorldTicket is a leading provider of Passenger Service Solutions (PSS) to airlines of all business models. Since 2002 the company has developed innovative and flexible airline IT solutions and is currently servicing more than 75 airlines worldwide. WorldTicket is headquartered in Copenhagen and has offices in Miami, Bangkok, Warsaw, Kyiv and Beijing. The global organization set-up allows 24/7 support for all airline customers across time zones. WorldTicket is the only PSS provider that has acquired its AOC holding airline, FlexFlight, with the IATA code W2. It allows the innovative company to sub-host any airline into the GDS without any long implementation times and upfront investments.
About 777 Partners
777 Partners is a Miami-based alternative investment firm that invests across several high-growth, attractive verticals. Founded in 2015, 777 Partners strategically invests across six broad industries: insurance; consumer and commercial finance; litigation finance; direct lending; sports, media and entertainment; and aviation. Within sports, notable investments include Genoa FC, a significant stake in Sevilla FC, one of Spain's most prestigious and successful football clubs, and the London Lions, London's only team in the British Basketball League team. Within travel, investments include AeroCRS, WorldTicket, Air Black Box and the ultra-low-cost carriers, Flair and Bonza.
ONEflight International | April 05, 2022
ONEflight International, Inc. announced today that the company was chosen to be a private aviation partner to SALT, a global thought leadership and networking forum encompassing finance, technology and geopolitics. Their annual events confer approximately 2,000 investors, asset owners, managers, entrepreneurs, and policy makers under one roof with past speakers like Vice President Joe Biden, President Bill Clinton, President George W. Bush and Secretary Condoleezza Rice.
Their next conference is Crypto Bahamas, held at the Baha Mar in Nassau from April 26-29, 2022. Speakers and panelists include O’Leary Ventures Chairman Kevin O’Leary, HiDef, Inc. Founder Rick Fox, Edge & Node Co-Founder Tegan Kline, and SALT Chairman and former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. The full agenda will be announced later this month.
“We’re thrilled to partner with ONEflight International for SALT’s private aviation needs. The innovative private jet brand revolutionized the industry, setting a new standard in air travel that we are happy to offer our speakers and attendees.” Anthony Scaramucci - Chairman, SALT
ONEflight boasts the world’s largest network of private aircraft easily accessible through their proprietary booking platform, Book-A-Jet (BAJ). BAJ provides immediate access to search and create a customizable itinerary, selecting from over 5,000 aircraft ranging from turbo props to large capacity jets. The company maintains a vetted network of 500 of the top operators worldwide to ensure unprecedented availability and flexibility. The new highly interactive BAJ app launched in Q4 2021, reaffirming the company’s commitment to digitize private air travel with groundbreaking technologies that can be used broadly across all corners of the industry.
“SALT is filled with innovators, entrepreneurs and the brightest minds making a difference in the world through their technological, financial, and policy advancements. The amazing work they do inspires us at ONEflight to continue innovating and striving for more with our own platforms and offerings. We’re proud to act as SALT’s partner and support the connectivity between these forward-thinking attendees.”
Ferren Rajput - Founder & CEO, ONEflight International
About ONEflight International, Inc.
ONEflight International, Incorporated is a global private aviation company revolutionizing the luxury private jet travel industry since the company’s founding in 2010. It is the fastest growing market leader developing and implementing technological solutions for non-commercial air travel through the proprietary online Book a Jet platform. With nearly 500 world-class aircraft charter operator partnerships and a network of 5,000 private jets worldwide, ONEflight empowers members to seamlessly search, select and book a private flight with a fleet of aircraft at their disposal and excellent customer service from booking to disembarking. ONEflight firmly believes you don’t need to OWN, you just need to FLY!