News Article | March 3, 2017
WASHINGTON, 3 mars 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- UATP a annoncé aujourd'hui son partenariat avec Trustly, une société suédoise financière et technologique, qui va permettre aux compagnies aériennes d'accepter facilement des paiements bancaires en ligne instantanés pour les achats de billets en Europe. Le partenariat entre UATP et Trustly donne aux voyageurs la possibilité d'acheter des billets d'avion directement à partir de la plateforme de réservation d'une compagnie aérienne en utilisant leur compte bancaire préféré. Ce nouveau service réduit le coût de distribution de la compagnie aérienne, élimine les risques de fraude, limite les risques de rejet de débit pour les compagnies aériennes et simplifie les propositions de vente directe des compagnies aériennes. « Trustly est ravi de collaborer avec UATP pour offrir aux compagnies aériennes une option européenne leader de paiements bancaires », a déclaré Oscar Berglund, le PDG de Trustly. « En réponse à la demande des clients, Trustly permet aux voyageurs de payer directement à partir de leurs comptes bancaires. C'est simple, sécurisé. Cela aide à augmenter la vitesse de conversion et à diminuer l'abandon de la réservation ». « Ce partenariat aidera les compagnies aériennes membres d'UATP à acquérir un avantage concurrentiel en donnant aux voyageurs un accès à un mode de paiement très privilégié en Europe », a déclaré Ralph Kaiser, le président et PDG d'UATP. « Trustly couvre actuellement 29 pays et est relié à plus de 190 banques. En raison de leur large portée avec les banques à travers l'Europe, les compagnies aériennes de cette région seront au centre du partenariat UATP/Trustly ». Pour obtenir des informations supplémentaires, visiter : UATP.com ou Trustly.com. UATP est une solution de paiement mondiale détenue et exploitée par les compagnies aériennes internationales et acceptée par des milliers de vendeurs des secteurs aérien et ferroviaire et des agences touristiques. UATP propose aux compagnies aériennes une formule alternative de paiement qui peut élargir leur portée et générer des ventes supplémentaires à l'échelle mondiale. UATP propose les solutions de traitements de données faciles à utiliser DataStream℠ et DataMine℠. Ces outils fournissent des informations complètes sur les comptes, et permettent aux émetteurs et aux abonnés d'entreprise de gérer avec précision leurs voyages. Acceptés par les compagnies aériennes, les agences touristiques et Amtrak® comme une forme de paiement pour voyages d'affaires dans le monde entier, les comptes UATP sont émis par : Aeromexico ; Air Canada (TSE : AC) Air New Zealand (ANZFF.PK) ; Air Niugini ; American Airlines (NASDAQ : AAL) ; APG Airlines ; Austrian Airlines ; China Eastern Airlines (NYSE : CEA) ; Delta Air Lines (NYSE : DAL) ; EL AL Israel Airlines; Etihad Airways ; Frontier Airlines ; GOL Linhas aereas inteligentes S.A. (NYSE : GOL et Bovespa : GOLL4) ; Hahn Air ; Japan Airlines (9201 :JP) ; Malaysia Airlines ; Qantas Airways (QUBSF.PK); Shandong Airlines ; Transavia Airlines ; TUIfly GmbH ; Turkish Airlines (ISE : THYAO) ; United Airlines (NYSE : UAL) et WestJet. AirPlus International émet les comptes UATP d'entreprise pour : British Airways (LSE : IAG) et Lufthansa German Airlines. Fondée en 2008, Trustly Group AB est une société suédoise financière et technique qui rend les paiements bancaires en ligne rapides, simples et sécurisés. La société offre des paiements transfrontaliers à partir de comptes bancaires de consommation de 190 banques dans 29 marchés européens et relie les entreprises et les consommateurs dans les services de commerce électronique, de voyages, de jeux et financiers. FinTechCity London prédit que Trustly va révolutionner le secteur des services financiers et, en 2016, le journal Dagens Industri a décerné le prix Gasell à Trustly pour être l'une des compagnies à la plus forte croissance en Suède. Trustly compte 150 employés et est basée à Stockholm, en Suède, et elle dispose de bureaux régionaux en Espagne, à Malte, en Allemagne et au Royaume-Uni. Trustly est un établissement de paiement agréé sous la supervision de l'Autorité suédoise de surveillance financière. Pour en savoir plus, consulter l'adresse : www.trustly.com.
News Article | February 23, 2017
SOMERVILLE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Finch Therapeutics, Inc., a microbiome therapeutics company, and OpenBiome, a leading public stool bank, today announced a collaboration to develop FIN-403, an orally administered microbial therapy for approval by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in recurrent C. difficile infections. “OpenBiome has transformed the standard of care for C. difficile through its best-in-class quality system for fecal microbiota transplantation,” commented Andrew Noh, the Chief Operating Officer of Finch Therapeutics. “We hope to change the field again with FIN-403, Finch’s orally administered microbial therapy that builds on this experience and delivers a broad spectrum of intestinal microflora to the site of infection in the colon. Developing FIN-403 from a biomanufacturing system and drug substance that has already been used in more than 21,000 treatments provides an unprecedented level of clinical experience and gives us enormous confidence in the underlying technology.” Under the terms of the collaboration, OpenBiome will license its biomanufacturing quality system to Finch. Finch will upgrade this manufacturing system, and will provide microbiota preparations produced in this improved quality environment to OpenBiome. OpenBiome will continue to supply clinicians and researchers with material in support of its nonprofit mission to expand safe access to fecal transplantation and catalyze research on the human microbiome. OpenBiome will also receive upfront payment, milestone payments, and royalties on sales of FIN-403 and other products developed through the collaboration to further support its mission to enable patient care and research. FIN-403 is an encapsulated, orally administered, whole-community microbiota therapy for recurrent C. difficile infections. FIN-403 incorporates Finch’s proprietary Aquashell formulation and Phloral, a dual-acting, targeted release technology licensed to Finch by Intract Pharma. Together, these technologies enable the oral administration and targeted release of a broad spectrum of healthy gut microflora. Finch will be launching a Phase 2 placebo-controlled study of FIN-403 in the second half of 2017. Dose-finding work with FIN-403 has yielded promising clinical results and shown robust microbial engraftment, a key pharmacokinetic measure. In two doses across a total of 26 patients, FIN-403 demonstrated 88% per-protocol efficacy. Finch also used high-throughput DNA sequencing technology to demonstrate that the full diversity of the healthy microflora contained in FIN-403 successfully and stably engrafted in these patients. This broad-spectrum engraftment profile is critical to the Company’s strategy for human-first discovery, in which Finch uses its proprietary machine-learning platform to identify the specific microbes that drive efficacy in microbiota transplantations. Finch is using this technique to develop a new generation of cultured microbial therapies. The Company also announced that it raised $5.6 million in Series A financing in 2016. The round was led by Flight Partners Management LLC, an investment company controlled by Jeff Smisek, former United Airlines CEO, and was joined by the Anna Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, and Neil and Anna Rasmussen. Mr. Smisek has also joined Finch’s Board of Directors. The Series A funding is supporting the development of FIN-403 as well as Finch’s broader human-first discovery platform. Finch plans to complete a larger Series B financing later this year to support the initiation of its Phase 2 clinical trial with FIN-403 and to launch several additional therapeutic programs. Finch Therapeutics is a mission-driven biopharmaceutical company that aims to develop novel microbial therapies serving patients with serious and unmet medical needs. Founded by data scientists, clinicians, and microbiologists from MIT and OpenBiome, Finch uses machine-learning algorithms informed by high-throughput molecular data to reverse engineer successful experiences with fecal transplantation. Through this and other clinical datasets, Finch identifies the microbes that drive desirable clinical outcomes, and develops therapies that deliver those microbial communities to patients. FIN-403 is both Finch’s lead clinical program and a valuable tool for its broader human-first discovery strategy. OpenBiome is the first public stool bank, founded to expand safe access to fecal transplantation for patients with recurrent C. difficile infection and to catalyze research on the microbiome’s role in human health. OpenBiome provides clinicians with rigorously screened, ready-to-use stool preparations and supports researchers with a suite of tools to discover how gut bacteria might treat diseases beyond C. difficile. Since 2013, OpenBiome has partnered with over 800 healthcare institutions across all 50 states and 6 countries to deliver more than 21,000 treatments for recurrent C. difficile infections. More information about the collaboration between Finch and OpenBiome is available at www.finchtherapeutics.com/openbiome-collaboration and at www.openbiome.org/finch-collaboration.
News Article | February 7, 2017
Autonomous Cars - Five Things To Know About Self Driving Cars Qatar Airways has hailed itself the official operator of the longest commercial flight in the world with the successful launch of its Doha to Auckland service. Flight QR920 of the country’s national carrier left Doha at 5:10 a.m. on Sunday morning and was due to land at Auckland Airport in New Zealand at 7:30 a.m. However, it touched down 15 minutes early after almost 16 hours and 10 time zones later. Four pilots steered the route’s inaugural flight on Boeing 777, which can host 42 passengers in business class and 217 in economy. It was supposed to be launched back in December but faced delays, Doha News reported. QA chief executive Akbar Al Baker, who joined the flight, assured the market that they’re in it for the long haul. “We never close a route when we launch,” he said in an NZ Herald report. “We are not an airline that is only here for good times.” The return flight of the 9,031-mile voyage on the same aircraft is expected to take 17 hours, 30 minutes — longer than all of the NZ-filmed movies “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, the airlines noted. It could, however, take over 18 hours due to headwinds. The historic journey, costing about US$1,300 round-trip, beat out other contenders for world’s longest flight, including Emirates’ Dubai to Auckland route. Air India has a longer flight by distance, a Delhi to San Francisco route, but the journey takes only 14 hours and 30 minutes. OAG, periodically compiling a world’s-longest-flights list, measures the flights “by distance between point A and point B." Based on this measure, QA’s flight emerges as the longest to date, since “as the crow flies” is OAG’s preferred standard to measure. Singapore Airlines may attempt to take this spot next year when it resumes its non-stop flights bound for New York, which could take 19 hours. It used to fly non-stop from Singapore to Newark and LA via the Airbus A340, but discontinued the flights in 2013 partly because of the aircraft’s high fuel consumption. Ultra long-haul flights could be far more common than present, but they face challenges in quality and deliverability for airlines. Major carriers, though, are likely to adopt this strategy soon. “Because this is, I suppose, the way of the future as long as fuel prices don’t go up too high,” said Ashok Poduval, who heads Massey University Aviation School in NZ, also predicting the influx of European guests into the country since it’s a direct connection from Europe to Doha. For Qatar Airways, the new service heralds the expansion of the airline both regionally and globally, said Al Baker in a statement. In other airline news, United Airlines revealed last month that it will speed up the retirement of its Boeing 747 jumbo jets, moving the last flight from end of 2018 to the last quarter of this year. Once symbolizing state-of-the-art air travel, the 747 has suffered industry shifts to twin-engine wide-body planes (like the Boeing 777) and spare parts and special maintenance issues. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Colorado attorney Richard “Dick” Clark received one of Japan’s highest honors, The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, in a special presentation from the Foreign Ministry of Japan. Clark, a partner with Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, was honored for his longtime commitment to facilitating successful business relationships between Colorado and Japan. He is credited with helping Denver land its nonstop United Airlines flight between the city and Narita International Airport in Japan, among other successes. Presentation of the Imperial Decoration was held before business and political leaders, family and friends on Jan. 17 at the private residence of Makoto Ito, Consul General Japan (Denver). “I am honored to receive such a prestigious decoration from the Emperor of Japan. In addition, the dignitaries who attended the event including friends from Japan, made it even more special,” said Clark. With more than 40 years of experience as a business lawyer emphasizing international trade, investment and finance, Clark offers legal advice to public companies and small and large private companies, both domestic and foreign. He remains deeply involved in coordinating mutual VIP visits and contributing to Japan-U.S. exchanges in Colorado. He has acted as legal advisor to more than 50 Japanese companies and serves as Senior Vice President and a Director of the Japan America Society of Colorado. “This is a very prestigious and deserved honor, and we are all proud of him. He is truly one of our best ambassadors,” said Kenneth Van Winkle Jr., managing partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie. Clark’s honor was announced in late 2016 during the JASC’s annual banquet in Denver. The Japan America Society of Colorado promotes mutual understanding between the people of Japan and Colorado by serving as a resource and providing opportunities for personal and business exchanges, and learning about each other’s culture, history, language, arts, and education. “For a long time, he has contributed to Japan and Colorado relations. When Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited Colorado in 1994, Clark-san helped coordinate the VIP visit. He’s very skilled and supports Japanese companies,” said Makoto Ito, Consul General for Japan in the Rocky Mountain Region, according to a local media account of the banquet. Clark noted his interest in Japan began in the early 1980s while a young partner at the law firm. His success working with Sumitomo Corporation led to other Japanese companies seeking his counsel. With numerous trips between Denver and Japan, his experience led to assisting with the inauguration of the nonstop flight between Denver International Airport and Tokyo, James Lyons, a longtime friend and colleague at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie, noted Clark’s conscientiousness in serving clients as a keystone in his ability to handle complicated international business transactions. “Dick saw the opportunities for Japanese companies in the Rocky Mountain region in the 1980s and worked hard to make them a reality. Along the way he developed a deep respect and affection for the people of Japan and their ancient culture. This award recognizes his unique contributions,” said Lyons. Past recipients of the Imperial Decoration include Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Tommy Lasorda, and actor George Takei. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP is an Am Law 200 commercial law firm for handling complex matters in litigation, intellectual property, business transactions, gaming, government relations and other practice areas. Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie offices are located in Albuquerque, Colorado Springs, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Irvine, Phoenix, Reno, Silicon Valley and Tucson.
News Article | February 27, 2017
DES PLAINES, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The women’s leadership organization AWESOME (Achieving Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Operations, Management and Education) is inviting senior women leaders in supply chain to participate in the organization's Fifth Anniversary Symposium, "An AWESOME New Frontier – Imagine. Believe. Achieve." The event is taking place on May 3-5, 2017, in Chicago. Fifth Anniversary Partners Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s and NIKE will join with Founding Partner DSC Logistics and other sponsors to provide two days of interaction and discussions and a third day of continued networking with options for unique downtown Chicago experiences. The annual Symposium’s signature features include panel discussions by senior supply chain leaders -- both male and female, Up-Close Conversations with highly accomplished executives, and "Buzz" sessions during which participants exchange ideas and insights about topics they've just heard discussed. In honor of the fifth anniversary, this Symposium will also feature a panel of women deans of leading business schools talking about how universities are encouraging gender equality and a panel of successful female architects discussing lessons they learned while navigating their profession. A special program designed for “Emerging Leaders,” individuals with high potential who have not yet reached the senior leadership level and who have been recommended by members of the AWESOME network, will focus on strengthening their brands and advancing their careers. “Members of our AWESOME network are women in supply chain who have outperformed expectations in a traditionally male profession and raised their expertise and influence to a new level,” said Ann Drake, founder of AWESOME and CEO of DSC Logistics. “Through AWESOME, they are building connections with each other and focusing on ways to expand their positive impact on the industry, their companies, their peers, and the future generation of supply chain leaders.” In addition to Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, NIKE, and DSC Logistics, companies who have already stepped up to be sponsors of the 2017 Symposium include Expeditors, Intel, Michael Best, Morton Salt, Schneider Electric, Staffmark, Ulta Beauty, Colliers International, Adecco, Clarkston Consulting, JDA, C.H. Robinson, Dannon, Dealer Tire, Hassett Express, Lean Logistics, Monsanto and Unilever. On the evening of May 3, the first day of the Symposium, a presentation and dinner will be held to honor two top women in supply chain who are recipients of the 2017 AWESOME Legendary Leadership (ALL) Award. Another highlight of the Symposium will be a networking reception hosted by Deloitte on May 4. Options for May 5 activities include a tour of 1871, the new Center for Technology and Entrepreneurship in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart; a guided architectural walk with a special focus on the evolution of the skyscraper; and a behind-the-scenes look at the United Airlines Network Operations Center in downtown Chicago. Symposium attendance is by invitation. Senior supply chain women who meet AWESOME network criteria and who are interested in attending will find details and contact information on awesomeleaders.org. AWESOME is an industry-wide leadership organization focused on advancing women supply chain leaders and transforming the future of supply chain leadership. Since its founding in early 2013 by Ann Drake, CEO of DSC Logistics, the AWESOME network has grown to include more than 900 women in diverse senior supply chain leadership roles for a full spectrum of companies and organizations. The AWESOME mission includes advancing progress for women’s supply chain leadership through networking, collaboration, awareness, recognition, learning and inspiration. For more information: www.awesomeleaders.org.
News Article | February 23, 2017
New pair of shoes? Or transatlantic flight from the UK to the US? That's the new conundrum at travelers' disposal, with this week's launch of bottom-of-the-barrel fares by Norwegian Air, which is offering flights for as low as $65 USD one-way. Overall, the Norway-based carrier announced the launch of 10 new routes and 38 weekly transatlantic flights that will shuttle fliers between Edinburgh, Belfast, Cork, Shannon and Dublin, to cities on the American East Coast, such as New York, Boston, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The new routes also include the launch of the first transatlantic flight connecting Cork to the US and the only direct transatlantic flight from Belfast. In order to offer such cut-throat pricing, however, arrivals are at smaller US airports that come with lower landing charges for the airline. That means flying into Stewart International airport in New York instead of Newark or John F. Kennedy, or Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, two hours from New York City and Boston. Flights are operated on a Boeing 737 MAX aircraft and launch this summer. It's the latest salvo launched by the Norwegian carrier in the airfare war with its closest rival Wow Air. Between the two, the aviation industry has seen the emergence of an entirely new, ultra low-cost tier after EasyJet and Ryanair. Likewise, earlier this week United Airlines launched its own version of the basic economy fare, joining the likes of American Airlines and Delta in adding a low-cost option.
News Article | February 15, 2017
IBM and United Airlines announced a partnership on Thursday to build out a suite of enterprise iOS apps to be used by the airline's employees. The apps will be a part of the IBM MobileFirst for iOS project, and will be used by more than 50,000 United Airlines employees. The apps will be part of United's overall digital transformation strategy, a press release said, and will leverage analytics for greater context. The partnership is also part of United's goal to "untether its global workforce" by giving them access to data on devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. "This enhanced strategy with mobile solutions from IBM and Apple allows United Airlines employees to tap into the right information at the right time to instantaneously address the needs that matter most to passengers," Dee Waddell, global managing director for travel and transportation Industries at IBM, said in a press release. One of the goals of the new apps is to improve customer service for passengers with a connecting flight. According to the release, airline employees will have access to more useful data to help passengers find connecting gates when they arrive from their flight, for example. The use of more mobile devices could also help free up customer service employees in the airport itself to move around the gate area and help customers where they are, instead of staying behind a podium, the release said. "We want to put our employees in a position to deliver exceptional service at every step of the travel experience," United's vice president of operations technology, Jason Birnbaum, said in the release. "We have incredible employees out in the field who rely on technology to help our customers. The mobile solutions and working closely with IBM and Apple enables us to provide innovative solutions for them on an unprecedented scale." The new partnership leverages IBM's Mobile at Scale for iOS, which the press release describes as an "app design and development model for the rapid development and deployment of multiple iOS apps." In addition to helping United design and develop the apps, the approach will also help with app maintenance over time. As another part of the partnership, United employees will be able to access IBM Studios in certain cities, and will be working with a dedicated IBM iX team who will help with app delivery and integration, the release said.
News Article | February 22, 2017
United Airlines has launched a new fare to compete with low cost carriers. Airfare wars are heating up in the US, with United Airlines the latest carrier to launch a basic economy fare in response to the low-cost competition. On Tuesday, United began selling basic economy fare tickets on select domestic routes in the US, joining American Airlines and Delta in offering a budget option for fliers. It's a move aimed at staying competitive in a market that's becoming increasingly crowded with low-cost and ultra-low cost carriers. "The launch of our Basic Economy product is transformational, offering customers seeking the most budget-conscious fares United's comfortable and reliable travel experience," said Scott Kirby, president of United Airlines in a statement. What do fliers sign up for -- and give up - when they book a basic economy flight? Couples, friends and families will not be able to sit together when flying basic economy, as seats will be assigned automatically prior to boarding. Like American Airlines, which also began selling the new fare this month, passengers flying basic economy are limited to one personal carry-on item (unless they are a MileagePlus Premier member or Star Alliance Gold member) and must pay $25 to check their bag. Basic economy customers also board in the last boarding group. It's similar to a scheme launched by Delta two years ago. Last week, Delta likewise announced the return of complimentary meals on some of its longer domestic routes including New York to Los Angeles, becoming the only US carrier to offer complimentary fresh meals on coast to coast routes. The launch -- which will feature choices like a honey maple breakfast sandwich, Mesquite-smoked turkey combo and veggie wraps beginning March 1 -- signals a return to the era of pre-9/11 aviation, when in-flight meals and complimentary alcohol were standard on commercial flights.
News Article | February 21, 2017
KeywordFirst, an independent digital marketing agency, today announced the appointment of Dave Johnson as partner. Johnson will apply 20+ years of agency management experience to handle responsibilities ranging from marketing to development of the agency's digital media offerings as KeywordFirst enters a new phase of growth. Kurt Anagnostopoulos, KeywordFirst owner/founder, said, "In our client work, each day KeywordFirst's people sense and respond to rapidly developing trends. Dave Johnson will help us apply what we learn by deepening and broadening our service offerings. I am excited to have someone with Dave’s experience on our team." Mark Smith, KeywordFirst principal, said, "I am especially excited about Dave Johnson coming aboard because he shares our values. KeywordFirst believes in developing our people and providing total transparency to our clients. Throughout his career, Dave has demonstrated a commitment to those core beliefs." Johnson said, "I had a great relationship with Mark and Kurt when they were my client at W.W. Grainger over a period of seven years. Now I'm incredibly thrilled to join their team. We're building a great company with talented people who care about helping our clients meet and exceed their digital marketing goals." Throughout his career, Johnson has led and managed the growth of digital marketing agencies. He founded Digital Vision Communications in 1995, later selling it to Agency.com/Omnicom, where he became president of Agency.com's North American Operations. In 2007, he joined iCrossing as executive vice president, operations, and became chief operating officer and chief client officer, where he managed growth and acquisition as well as iCrossing's acquisition by Hearst Corporation. Chicago-based KeywordFirst, which manages performance media such as paid search, social and display, has a reputation for being measurable, open and accountable in its work. Johnson will help the agency build upon its reputation and create a national brand by developing client relationships, talent, marketing and thought leadership. KeywordFirst is an independent digital marketing agency that creates customer relationships through performance media. Its clients include brands such as Business Outfitters by Lands' End, United Airlines, Michaels and Pond5. KeywordFirst's services, which include paid search, mobile, organic search and display, ensure that its clients' digital media spend leads to measureable results such as increased sales and stronger customer advocacy. The Chicago-based agency draws upon the talents of industry veterans who have been doing paid search longer than Google has. The agency's core values are transparency in execution, accountability for results and collaboration with clients. Visit http://www.keywordfirst.com to learn more.
News Article | February 27, 2017
CHICAGO, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines is revitalizing its route network with more destinations, more flights and more convenient connections for customers in both domestic and international markets. Subject to government approval, the carrier will add a seasonal route...