Signature Select's Sun Air Jets Launches New Brand

Aviation Pros | March 20, 2020

Sun Air Jets unveiled its new brand and website this month, both of which are intended to more fully represent the company and its services. After evaluation of the former logo, the Sun Air Jets leadership team determined to refresh the company’s brand to better promote its current positioning in the market. Established in the private aviation industry for over twenty years, Sun Air Jets provides luxury travel and private jet management services and therefore needed a more modern brand to reflect its offerings.

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Advanced Space fuels Aerospace Ecosystem in New Mexico as newest member of Q Station

Advanced Space | June 17, 2022

Advanced Space LLC., a leading high-tech space solutions company, announced its presence in New Mexico. The expansion supports the growing aerospace industry and innovation sphere in the Rocky Mountain Region. Advanced Space selected Q-Station in Albuquerque, for their flexible local office location. Q-Station is a research and development space tech hub, a natural fit for Advanced Space, as this growing small business has doubled its workforce in the last year. The New Mexico presence will also enhance the efforts of Advanced Space with partners such as the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory where they have a current Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) providing cislunar space data from the upcoming CAPSTONE mission. "We are proud to have Advanced Space join Q Station and look forward to working with them to help it continue to grow. In addition to our unique workspace, we can offer Advanced Space, and other member companies, direct connections to potential government customers and the growing space eco-system here in New Mexico, the United States and abroad." Alberto Solis, Q Station Program & Operations Director Advanced Space is recently most known for its pathfinding CAPSTONE mission for NASA set to launch this month. CAPSTONE, Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System Technology Operations and Navigation Experiment, will be leading America's return to the Moon and demonstrating key lunar navigation technologies. The cislunar savvy company, has a command of the unique challenges of space domain awareness, navigation, and communications in this critical area. "Q Station embodies many similar core values of Advanced Space centered around enabling the development of a sustainable space industry," said Bradley Cheetham, CEO of Advanced Space. "The focus on growing a collaborative space community in New Mexico resonates with us and is the foundation for long-term partnerships and collaboration. We are particularly thrilled to have a local base from which to continue our work supporting AFRL." About Advanced Space Advanced Space, a non-traditional space prime contractor supports the exploration, development, and settlement of space through software and services that leverage unique subject matter expertise to improve the fundamentals of spaceflight. Advanced Space is dedicated to improving flight dynamics, technology development, and expedited turn-key missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. Check out the CAPSTONE mission.

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United Applies to Launch Historic, First-Ever Nonstop Service between Washington, D.C. and Cape Town

United | May 21, 2022

United Airlines announced today it has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for three weekly nonstop flights between Washington, D.C. and Cape Town, South Africa. If approved, United's flights will become the first nonstop service ever between Washington D.C. and South Africa's legislative capital, Cape Town. This long-overdue route will benefit important government-to-government connections and increase communication and commerce with a region that has strong cultural ties to South Africa. United's proposed service would begin Nov. 17, 2022, and operate on 787-9 aircraft, maximized to meet consumer demand and benefit both U.S. and South African travelers. If approved, the flights between Dulles and Cape Town will connect 55 cities across the United States to Cape Town, representing more than 90 percent of the entire U.S. travel demand to Cape Town. United's Washington Dulles hub is a gateway to the nation's capital and elsewhere, operating more than 230 daily flights to nearly 100 destinations around the world – including more than 10 world capitals and new service to Accra, Ghana and Lagos, Nigeria. From creating new jobs, to supporting key civic and aid organizations, United has taken tremendous pride in growing our family and operations in South Africa, and across the African continent, If awarded by the DOT, this historic nonstop service will significantly enhance travel options for consumers, strengthen ties between our countries legislative and diplomatic epicenters, and benefit thriving travel and tourism industries serving our respective countries." Patrick Quayle, United's Senior Vice President of International Network and Alliances. United has worked diligently to develop an African network to promote competition and provide affordable and consistent service options for U.S. travelers. The service will supplement United's existing flights to four cities in three countries in Africa. It will also allow customers to connect in Cape Town to other points in South Africa, and to other countries in the southern region of the African continent with its South African based partner Airlink and their Cape Town hub. The Washington D.C. to Cape Town route is the largest between the U.S. and South Africa without nonstop service. D.C. is the second largest point in the U.S. for Cape Town demand and holds the fifth largest South-African-born population. United's proposed weekly flights will address this gap and complement United's existing South Africa service between New York/Newark and Cape Town and Johannesburg, providing nearly daily service to Cape Town offered by a single carrier. United also maintains a close relationship with the Mandela Foundation and BPESA (Business Processing Enabling South Africa) a not-for-profit company that serves as the industry body and trade association for Global Business Services in South Africa. United recently announced a collaboration with travel company Certified Africa. Certified Africa's mission is to make travel to African countries easy, immersive, and life changing for millions of the African Diaspora across the United States. About United United's shared purpose is "Connecting People. Uniting the World." From our U.S. hubs in Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York/Newark, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., United operates the most comprehensive global route network among North American carriers. United is bringing back our customers' favorite destinations and adding new ones on its way to becoming the world's best airline.

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES ELIMINATES EXPIRATION DATES ON FLIGHT CREDITS

Southwest Airlines Co. | July 29, 2022

Southwest Airlines Co. announced a first-of-its-kind policy and value among major U.S. airlines, eliminating expiration dates on all Southwest® flight credits unexpired on, or created on or after July 28, 2022*. This additional flexibility applies to all currently valid, existing flight credits, with no action required by Customers with flight credit in the bank, and will apply to any new flight credit issued. The ability to retain invested flight credits without expiration is another enhancement in a series of transformative upgrades underway in the experience Customers have in their relationship with Southwest, including enhanced WiFi, new in-seat power, larger overhead bins, and new self-service capabilities overviewed at Southwest.com/experience. "The more than 62,000 People at Southwest share a renewed pride in our unmatched access to flexibility that once again reshapes the landscape of Hospitality and value in the industry," said Bob Jordan, Chief Executive Officer, Southwest Airlines. "Flight credits don't expire* aligns with the boldness of a philosophy to give our Customers definitive simplicity and ease in travel, just like Bags fly free, just like No change fees, just like Points don't expire1—they're a first-in-our-industry combination of differentiators that only Southwest offers." Beginning today, July 28, 2022, Southwest Customers will begin seeing a placeholder expiration date of December 31, 2040, on valid flight credits ahead of additional work later this year that will update technology systems to altogether remove expiration dates on flight credits. "We recently announced more than two billion dollars in Customer experience improvements designed to enhance and simplify traveling with Southwest–and said then, we weren't done," said Ryan Green, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Southwest Airlines. "While other airlines eliminate benefits and value, today we're enhancing our experience again. When Customers travel with Southwest, they receive ultimate flexibility that is unmatched in the industry. Bags fly free1, there is never a fee to change or cancel your flight–and now, you don't have to worry about your flight credits expiring before you can use them. We'll be ready to serve you when you're ready to fly." "We repeatedly leaned in during the pandemic to give our Customers more time to use their flight credits beyond a full year, which was our previous policy," said Tony Roach, Vice President of Customer Experience & Engagement, Southwest Airlines. "Introducing this change in our policy is part of a massive effort to improve the things that are most important to our Customers." In May, the carrier began offering a new fare with more benefits, Wanna Get Away Plus™, and enhanced Anytime and Business Select® fares to offer a new ability to transfer flight credits to another Member of the Rapid Rewards® Loyalty program2. ABOUT SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO. Southwest Airlines Co. operates one of the world's most admired and awarded airlines, offering its one-of-a-kind value and Hospitality at 121 airports across 11 countries. Having celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2021, Southwest took flight in 1971 to democratize the sky through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel and now carries more air travelers flying nonstop within the United States than any other airline1. Based in Dallas and famous for an Employee-first corporate Culture, Southwest maintains an unprecedented record of no involuntary furloughs or layoffs in its history. By empowering its more than 62,0002 People to deliver unparalleled Hospitality, the maverick airline cherishes a passionate loyalty among as many as 130 million Customers carried a year. That formula for success brought industry-leading prosperity and 47 consecutive years3 of profitability for Southwest Shareholders. Southwest leverages a unique legacy and mission to serve communities around the world including harnessing the power of its People and Purpose to put communities at the Heart of its success.

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Sabre accelerates NDC rollout with offers from Qatar Airways

Sabre Corporation | July 08, 2022

Sabre Corporation a leading software and technology company powering the global travel industry, has successfully integrated IATA New Distribution Capability content from Qatar Airways to its global distribution system. After a pilot phase with agency customers in Australia and Sweden, the offers of Qatar's flag carrier will now be rolled out successively to travel agencies across the globe starting oavian July 7, 2022. Travel agencies will be able to shop, book, and manage NDC offers from Qatar Airways. Access to Qatar's content will be available through Sabre Red 360, Sabre's agency point-of-sale tool, as well as its NDC-enabled Offer and Order Application Programming Interfaces. "We've been actively engaged in Sabre's Beyond NDC program for several years and we're proud to be the first carrier based in EMEA to make our products and offers available to the global travel agency community through Sabre's marketplace. With NDC as a part of our strategy to evolve our offering and enhance ancillary sales, we believe effective distribution in the indirect channel will become more important in the future." Matt Raos, senior vice president of global sales at Qatar Airways With Qatar Airways' extensive network of destinations, access to the carrier's unique NDC content is expected to be relevant to travel buyers across the globe in the post-COVID-19 recovery period and beyond. "As the corporate travel sector continues to recover, customers are looking for enhanced shopping experiences and improved content in their marketplace," said John Bukowski, vice president of distribution, content and sourcing at American Express Global Business Travel. "Our objective is to ensure that our customers and travelers have access to the broadest content and an unrivaled travel experience. We are excited about collaborating with Qatar Airways and Sabre to continue to evolve our customers access to content while delivering the servicing and experience they expect from American Express GBT." NDC is one aspect of Sabre's strategic goal to create a new marketplace for personalized travel, with some key developments expected for 2022. Dynamic air pricing for NDC offers is anticipated to become available with the recently launched Air Price IQ ™ product within the Sabre Retail Intelligence suite, which will enable airlines to optimize offers in real-time with machine learning and data analytics capabilities based on airlines' unique strategies and needs. As an NDC aggregator and airline IT provider, Sabre is now included in the Airline Retailing Maturity (ARM) index from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Radixx, which provides solutions for low-cost carrier airlines, is also expected to become certified under the ARM index later this year as an airline IT provider. "We've always said that NDC is a marathon, not a sprint," said Kathy Morgan, vice president of channel delivery for Sabre Travel Solutions. "We believe that realizing the potential of NDC is a collaborative effort, and we are excited about the progress we are making with carriers like Qatar Airways. Alongside strategic efforts like Sabre Travel AI ™, as well as the launch of our Retail Intelligence suite of products, these NDC achievements expand and progress our opportunities to advance personalized retailing." About Sabre Corporation Sabre Corporation is a leading technology provider to the global travel industry. Sabre's software, data, mobile and distribution solutions are used by hundreds of airlines and thousands of hotel properties to manage critical operations, including passenger and guest reservations, revenue management, flight, network and crew management. Sabre also operates a leading global travel marketplace, which processes more than US$120 billion of global travel spend annually by connecting travel buyers and suppliers. Headquartered in Southlake, Texas, USA, Sabre serves customers in more than 160 countries around the world. About Qatar Airways A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was announced as the 'Airline of the Year' at the 2021 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organization, Skytrax. It was also named 'World's Best Business Class', 'World's Best Business Class Airline Lounge', 'World's Best Business Class Airline Seat', 'World's Best Business Class Onboard Catering' and 'Best Airline in the Middle East'. The airline continues to stand alone at the top of the industry having won the main prize for an unprecedented sixth time Qatar Airways currently flies to more than 150 destinations worldwide, connecting through its Doha hub, Hamad International Airport, voted by Skytrax as the 'World's Best Airport 2022'.

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