AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

XO Partners with SCOPE Miami Beach as Official Private Aviation Provider

XO | December 01, 2021

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Leading private aviation provider XO announced its partnership with SCOPE Miami Beach, taking place today, November 30 through December 5, as the official private aviation provider for the acclaimed art show's highly anticipated return. Travelers attending SCOPE Miami can book seats on XO's shared charter flights between New York and South Florida, providing art enthusiasts an accessible way to fly private and experience the latest in world-class art activations and cutting-edge installations. This natural partnership intersects the integration of art and technology, providing passengers with an innovative, curated experience from start to finish.

While guests immerse themselves in over 140 international exhibits from contemporary artists, including NFTs, they can also visit XO's booth to learn more about XO's innovative technology. This includes predictive analytics and data science supporting individual booking of seats on a private jet by either reserving a seat on an existing flight or creating a new flight and making unused seats available to purchase on the XO mobile app. This revolutionary product allows the existing supply base of private jets to be used more efficiently, increasing availability and reducing cost for innovators and creators looking to make a positive impact through art.

"We are proud to be the official private aviation partner of SCOPE Miami Beach this year, as we continue to provide our Members and clients with seamless travel options to and from the world's top cultural events, shows, and festivals, Our shared charter flights are a unique and convenient way to fly private, providing a smooth travel experience from the moment a flight is booked through the XO mobile app to the moment passengers arrive at their destination."

- Lynn Fischer, Chief Marketing Officer at XO.

"This partnership with XO provides artists and creators attending the show with a curated experience as we look to integrate innovation into all aspects, including transportation, We're thrilled to team up with XO for our 20th annual event, providing our attendees with an elevated flight experience to and from this year's show and beyond."

- SCOPE Founder, Alexis Hubshman.

Trusted worldwide, XO revolutionizes access to private aviation through unique membership programs, operational excellence, and cutting-edge technology. Everything XO does – such as offering transparent pricing on the XO mobile app, an unparalleled level of service, and fully refundable membership deposits – sets XO apart while providing flyers with an elevated private aviation experience.

About XO
XO is part of Vista Global Holding, the world's first private aviation ecosystem, integrating a unique portfolio of companies offering asset-light flying solutions to cover all key aspects of private aviation. With experience flying to 187 countries – representing 96% of the world – the Vista Global group of companies completes over 70,000 flights and serves over 150,000 passengers annually. XO's Dedicated Fleet of 130 aircraft is suited to diverse flight duration, trip, and passenger requirements, backed by the knowledge and expertise of an international team, delivering the best end-to-end service to any private aviation customer. In addition to the Dedicated Fleet, the safety-vetted XO Alliance Network gives customers access to 2,100+ aircraft globally, covering the full spectrum of cabin classes. XO has created a leading digital platform in private aviation, with instant booking capabilities. Anyone can use XO's mobile app or website to browse pricing and availability across a range of and global routes and to instantly book private charters and shared flights. Beyond its cutting-edge technology, XO offers unparalleled service and support to provide an end-to-end premium travel experience. All Shared Flights are Public Charters organized by XO Global LLC under 14 CFR Part 380.

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Rochester Travelers Gain Nonstop Access to Favorite Leisure Destinations with Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines | February 16, 2022

Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is kicking the summer vacation season into high gear for Rochester travelers looking to fly south. Today the airline announced it will add Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) to its growing route map, launching convenient, nonstop service to Orlando and Myrtle Beach in June 2022. "We can't wait to welcome Rochester area residents onboard our bright, yellow planes and offer them More Go to exciting vacation destinations, With our low fares and nonstop flights, Amusement Park thrill seekers and beachgoers can take off on the quickest routes to the places they want to travel to the most." -John Kirby, Vice President of Network Planning at Spirit Airlines. Spirit's service to Orlando will be the only daily, nonstop service to Rochester's number one travel destination, giving Guests More Go to theme park attractions and family-friendly entertainment. The carrier will also be offering the only nonstop service to Myrtle Beach, another top destination for Rochester residents looking to enjoy 60 miles of beautiful coastline and more than 100 courses offered at The Golf Capital of the World. "The Frederick Douglass Greater Rochester International Airport is the only upstate New York airport offering air service on Spirit Airlines. Whether you're planning a family vacation to Disney World or Universal Studios in Orlando or a trip to Myrtle Beach for a golf getaway, Spirit Airlines offers a convenient and affordable way to travel to those two popular vacation destinations. We welcome Spirit's commitment and investment in our community and in the ROC Airport," - county executive Adam Bello. Spirit's Elevated Guest Experience The arrival in Rochester demonstrates Spirit's continued commitment to invest in the Guest, which entails a number of initiatives aimed at delivering the best value in the sky: Spirit's Fit Fleet ® is one of the most fuel-efficient fleets in the industry, with 24 brand new planes planned for delivery in 2022. An all-new cabin interior with ergonomically-designed seats and more usable legroom, featuring the best deal in the sky with our unique Big Front Seat.® Fast onboard Wi-Fi that allows Guests to watch content from streaming services** Spirit's Signature Service Spirit continues to garner awards and recognition. Spirit is one of only three U.S. airlines listed on FORTUNE's 2021 list of World's Most Admired® Companies, which measures companies with the strongest reputation within their industries. The carrier is a Gold Stevie® Award winner for its groundbreaking self-bag drop system with biometric photo matching, which speeds the check-in process and reduces face-to-face contact. Spirit also earned "Platinum" status in the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Health Safety initiative powered by SimpliFlying. About Spirit Airlines:  Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is committed to delivering the best value in the sky. We are the leader in providing customizable travel options starting with an unbundled fare. This allows our Guests to pay only for the options they choose — like bags, seat assignments and refreshments — something we call Á La Smarte®. We make it possible for our Guests to venture further and discover more than ever before. Our Fit Fleet® is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the U.S. We serve destinations throughout the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and are dedicated to giving back and improving those communities.

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AIR Partners with FlyOnE To Accelerate Personal eVTOL Aviation Adoption In Australia

AIR | March 11, 2022

Today AIR, creator of eVTOLs for the consumer market, announced its partnership with Australia's FlyOnE, a pioneer of goods and services in the emerging green transport market and a leading supplier of electric aircraft. The partnership also marks the launch of the AIR Brand Ambassador (ABA) program, enabling strategic partners around the world the opportunity to share the freedom of personal flight with their communities. FlyOnE will serve as AIR's local service and maintenance partner and will facilitate the delivery of 25 of the first AIR ONE vehicles to customers in 2025. As the first official AIR Brand Ambassador, FlyOnE will play a significant role in laying the groundwork enabling AIR's vision, the mass adoption of personal air vehicles, to come to life in Australia, where Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) regulation is already in motion. In contrast with the Urban Air Mobility industry developing air taxis for commercial use, AIR's inaugural vehicle, AIR ONE, allows individual consumers to embrace the freedom of flight in their daily travels. The vehicle is a sporty, all-electric two-seater eVTOL offering a range of 110 miles (177 km) on a single charge at speeds up to 155 miles per hour (250 km). The AIR ONE allows owners to take off and land on any flat surface. "We are thrilled to expand our reach to Australia, a trailblazing market with very high growth potential, with the help of such a forward-thinking partner as FlyOnE," said Rani Plaut, CEO and Co-founder of AIR. "As we continue to discuss future potential brand ambassadorships around the world, we believe FlyOnE's dedication to electric aviation adoption on all levels will significantly impact public acceptance of personal eVTOLs and help the industry take flight." AIR is partnering with manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and other relevant players in the aerospace and automotive industries as part of its newly launched AIR Brand Ambassador program to fuel the personal air mobility revolution around the world. AIR believes the innovation and determination of the AAM industry coupled with the foresight of early adopters is a necessary step on the path to public acceptance of eVTOLs. "At FlyOnE, we believe that AIR's vehicle and mission align perfectly with our own, which is why we're excited to facilitate their entry into the Australian market and serve as an AIR Brand Ambassador. We are committed to being at the forefront of the electric aviation industry in Australia, and the personal eVTOL adoption process will play a key role in its growth over the next few years." Korum Ellis, CEO and founder of FlyOnE About AIR AIR is revolutionizing everyday mobility for everyday people, empowering individuals to seize the power of personal flight. Combining aerospace innovation with the maturity of automotive technology and uncompromising safety standards, AIR's first-of-its-kind AIR EVs offers the ground-breaking opportunity to easily "drive the sky." Founded by Chen Rosen and later joined by Netanel Goldberg and Rani Plaut, based in the green fields of Pardes Hanna, near Tel Aviv, AIR is paving the way for a cleaner, more thrilling future of mobility, affording everyone the freedom to fly. About FlyOnE FlyonE is pioneering goods and services in the emerging electric aviation sector. Bringing together industry leaders and innovators in the manufacture, supply and distribution of electric aircraft, FlyOnE is establishing market leading ESG friendly air transport solutions for corporate bodies and recreational users alike.

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Ansys Propels First Flight by Air Race E Electric Race Plane

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. About Ansys 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.

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Aerkomm Enters into a Definitive Agreement with Sakai Display Products Corp. and PanelSemi Corp.

Aerkomm Inc. | January 20, 2022

Aerkomm Inc. ("Aerkomm" or "the Company") (Euronext Paris: AKOM;OTCQX: AKOM), a development stage service provider of In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity solutions for the airline industry using Ka-band technology, today announced that it entered into a joint venture (the "Joint Venture") agreement (the "Agreement") with Sakai Display Products Corporation ("SDPJ"), a company incorporated under the laws of Japan, and PanelSemi Corporation ("PanelSemi"), a company incorporated under the laws of Taiwan, on January 10, 2022. Through this Joint Venture, Aerkomm will develop and commercialize a tile antenna ("Tile Antenna"). The Joint Venture will be operated through a to-be-established California corporation ("Newco"), which will be owned initially 100% by SDPJ. Aerkomm will license to Newco its intellectual property, know-how and research and development results related to the Tile Antenna. SDPJ will provide Newco with working capital to develop the Tile Antenna proof of concept ("POC"). Upon approval of the POC, Aerkomm will contribute the intellectual property to Newco in exchange for 52% of the equity interest in Newco, and SDPJ and PanelSemi collectively will contribute $20 million in cash (less the contributions funded prior to the POC approval). SDPJ will hold 45% of Newco's equity interest and PanelSemi will hold the remaining 3%. Moreover, according to the Agreement, SDPJ will invest €7.5 million in Aerkomm via private placement upon approval of the POC. In the event that the POC is not achieved within 11 months following the signing of the Agreement, the Joint Venture will be terminated, at which time we will terminate the intellectual property license to Newco and Newco will remain 100% owned by SDPJ. "This agreement marks the first step in our partnership with SDPJ and PanelSemi. The joint venture will facilitate the development of a tile antenna to further our technological capabilities and better serve our customers. Looking ahead, we look forward to opportunities to expand our business and developing new industry-leading technology." -Mr. Louis Giordimaina, CEO of Aerkomm About Aerkomm Inc. Aerkomm Inc. (Euronext Paris: AKOM;OTCQX: AKOM), operating through its wholly owned subsidiary, Aircom Pacific, Inc., is a development stage service provider of in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions for the airline industry. The Company strives to become a leading provider of a wide range of in-flight broadband entertainment and connectivity services, including Wi-Fi connectivity, cellular networks, movies, gaming, live television, and music. Aerkomm aims to reshape the market for in-flight entertainment and connectivity services by offering on-board connectivity to its airline partners and passengers for free, generating revenue through advertising and on-board transactions.

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