National Airlines | January 13, 2022
Responding to the sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in the U.S., National Airlines is airlifting testing kits to different states in the country. During this month-long mission, in a series of N8 B747-400F flights, around 4,000,000 testing kits will be delivered to the respective state authorities for distribution across hospitals and COVID-19 testing centers. Flights originating from Chinese regions like Shanghai (PVG), Zhengzhou (CGO), Wuhan (WUH), and Tianjin (TSN) are headed to New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Texas (IAH), and Chicago (ORD) with the testing kits.
Later this month, National Airlines is also shipping COVID-19 testing kits to Canada and the U.K. from South Korea and China. Lately, new variants of the COVID-19 virus are triggering a sudden spike in cases and there is an immediate requirement for multiple batches of testing kits, as early detection is vital to controlling the virus spread especially among children and those going back to work.
"This is yet another mission by our teams to support governments in mitigating the recurring COVID-19 spread. Our aircraft, crew, and teams will continue to ensure the timely delivery of emergency medical supplies and equipment to support the various nations fight against COVID-19."
- Mr. Christopher J. Alf, Chairman, National Airlines.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, National Airlines, with its B747-400 Freighter fleet of six aircraft, has been at the forefront partnering with International Governments and Aid Agencies, coordinating missions, and delivering immediate medical supplies such as protective masks, PPE kits, oxygen cylinders, COVID-19 vaccines, and other equipment to crisis-hit regions.
National Airlines is a U.S. FAA-certificated Part 121 air carrier, with a fleet of six B747-400F's, A330-200, and B757-200 which provides global cargo and passenger solutions. National Air Cargo offers international freight forwarding, sea-to-air multi-modal transportation and logistics solutions worldwide. Established in 1990, the global reach of National is maintained via global operations centers and strategically located offices in the U.S., Middle East, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
SkyThread | January 18, 2022
Jean-Marc Lemaitre has been named Executive Vice President of Customer Success for SkyThread, a blockchain-enabled data-network company providing error-free exchange of data among commercial aviation stakeholders.
"Jean-Marc is a proven leader with extensive experience in the aviation aftermarket and has served in a variety of roles with original equipment manufacturers, He has a great deal of credibility and a reputation for integrity, traits essential for stakeholder trust and confidence, and compatible with the values of the SkyThread team."
-Mark Roboff, Chief Executive Officer of SkyThread.
Lemaitre said digital transformation in the aerospace industry currently is focused primarily on analytics, thus overlooking a key area of improvement that is SkyThread's focus.
"That key area is the ability to rapidly record error-free aviation transactions, which is a far more fruitful pursuit, As the industry struggles to streamline transactions and unleash more than $30 billion in unrealized value, accelerating error-free data exchange among all participants is key to customer success," he said. "I look forward to helping customers streamline transaction processes and accelerate our industry's necessary digital transformation without additional capital investment."
SkyThread is a blockchain-enabled data network provider focused on empowering commercial aviation stakeholders to unleash more than $30 billion in value by rapidly accelerating error-free data exchange among participants. The company has developed a trustworthy, federated system of record coupled with industry-leading validation logic that makes data permanent and unchangeable. We call this authenticating "Data for the Life of the Aircraft." The system is compatible with existing legacy IT systems and requires no capital investment from aviation stakeholders such as airlines, lessors, airplane manufacturers, regulators, and suppliers. SkyThread's intent is for the data exchange's rules to be governed by an independent, consensus-driven, and neutral consortium comprised of diverse industry stakeholders, in which SkyThread plans to be a supplier member.
Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) | January 14, 2022
The Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA) Board of Commissioners approved a 10-year concession agreement for the operation of a new duty-free retail outlet at Ontario International Airport (ONT).
The Board's action cleared the way for 3Sixty Duty Free and More Inc. (3Sixty), a leader in global travel retail operations headquartered in Miami, to open the new retail outlet in Terminal 2 in July 2022.
3Sixty operates duty free/duty paid retail outlets at major U.S. airports in Dallas-Fort Worth, Newark and Orlando, among others. It is the world's largest inflight duty-free concessionaire, having partnerships with flagship carriers such as Singapore Airlines, the No. 1 ranked international carrier in 2020, according to Travel + Leisure magazine, Virgin Atlantic and Air Canada. The company, established in 1987, conducts business on five continents through a worldwide network of packing and fulfilment stations and retail stores.
"The Board of Commissioners is pleased to award this concession agreement to 3Sixty, with its extensive network of partners and diverse suppliers and the capabilities needed to provide the high-profile brands and customer experiences that Ontario travelers demand, This new concession agreement is further recognition of ONT's emergence as a global gateway, providing a world-class experience for our loyal customers."
-Alan D. Wapner, President of the OIAA Board.
In recent years, ONT has emerged as one of the industry's great success stories and has been ranked by Global Traveler as America's fastest-growing U.S. airport four years running. With its expanding lineup of flights and destinations and passenger volumes near pre-pandemic levels, Ontario has experienced one of the fastest COVID-19 recovery rates among airports across the U.S.
Along with that, ONT has added several new concessions in the past 12 months, including Dunkin Donuts, Chick-Fil-A and Subway – the latter of which will open in 2022. The addition of a core duty free concession further enhances ONT's position as a major aviation gateway and is now only the second Southern California international airport that will operate a duty-free concession.
"This is a major step forward in the expansion of our retail options at ONT, We are delighted to welcome 360 Duty Free to be part of the ONT family, and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership as we continue to grow and develop our business and passenger numbers. As our international traffic and destinations continues to grow, the addition of a world-class duty-free outlet will enhance the width and breadth of our retail offerings and add significant value to our customer experience."
-Atif Elkadi, OIAA Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
The retail space located in Terminal 2 is 3Sixty's first airport retail operation on the U.S. West Coast. With a vast assortment of luxury brands, it will deliver a state-of-the-art duty-free experience to international passengers from Taipei, Central America, Mexico and beyond.
Under terms of the concession agreement, 3Sixty is responsible for all capital investment needed to prepare its retail space and pay a concession fee to the OIAA.
About Ontario International Airport
Ontario International Airport (ONT) is the fastest growing airport in the United States, according to Global Traveler, a leading publication for frequent fliers. Located in the Inland Empire, ONT is approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a full-service airport which, before the coronavirus pandemic, offered nonstop commercial jet service to 26 major airports in the U.S., Mexico, Central America and Taiwan.
About the Ontario International Airport Authority (OIAA)
The OIAA was formed in August 2012 by a Joint Powers Agreement between the City of Ontario and the County of San Bernardino to provide overall direction for the management, operations, development and marketing of ONT for the benefit of the Southern California economy and the residents of the airport's four-county catchment area. OIAA Commissioners are Ontario Mayor Pro Tem Alan D. Wapner (President), Retired Riverside Mayor Ronald O. Loveridge (Vice President), Ontario City Council Member Jim W. Bowman (Secretary), San Bernardino County Supervisor Curt Hagman (Commissioner) and retired business executive Julia Gouw (Commissioner).
About 3Sixty Duty Free & More
Founded by Chairman and CEO Bernard "Benny" Klepach in 1987, 3Sixty (previously the DFASS Group) has spent more than 31 years delivering on our global reputation as the world's largest in-flight Duty Free specialty retailer, and more recently one of the fastest growing airport Duty Free and specialty retailers. Today 3Sixty (previously the DFASS Group) employs over 600 full-time employees, operating on five continents through a worldwide network of 120 packing and fulfillment stations and retail stores. Services include on board duty free shopping, buy on board (BOB) services, on boarding pouring, airport duty free & specialty retailing and Shop on the GO online retailing.
SimpleFlying.com | December 29, 2021
Valnet Inc. (or “Valnet”) has successfully completed the acquisition of SimpleFlying.com (the “Company”), the leading online destination for aviation enthusiasts. The Company is a reference in the aerospace industry, providing the latest news and information on aircraft, airlines, airports, passenger experience, and other aspects of commercial aviation. In 2021, the Company also co-hosted its first ever Future Flying Forum, an industry-focused event for aviation professionals and enthusiasts alike.
“Simple Flying has been an incredible journey, from what started out as a personal passion for airlines and the commercial aviation industry has turned into a platform read and loved by millions. I would like to personally thank everyone who has been involved and made Simple Flying possible, both past and present. This acquisition marks an exciting next step in Simple Flying's journey and I'm excited for the future of the platform.”
-Simple Flying Founder and CEO, Arran Rice
Valnet is looking forward to integrating Simpleflying.com within its portfolio of brands and build upon the Company’s strong foundations - loyal readers, quality publishing and brand authority. This acquisition further strengthens Valnet’s position as the leading digital content investor that aligns itself with market-leading digital publishers.
About Valnet Inc.
Driven by passion and performance, Valnet’s overarching goal is to create and distribute content to millions of users daily across our brands. With more than 3 billion web sessions and 20 billion Youtube views, Valnet is the leading digital content investment company that owns and operates a diversified portfolio of premier publishing and studio assets.
About Simple Flying
Simpleflying.com has been online since 2018, making it one of the fastest-growing digital publishers in the commercial aviation vertical. The site served over 7 million unique monthly visitors in November 2021.