Allegiant offers low one-way fares on 5 new Florida and Tennessee routes

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) has announced it is offering five new nonstop routes to Florida´s Gulf Coast and Nashville, with fares as low as USD 55, the company said.

Las Vegas-based Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) is an integrated travel company with an airline at its heart, focused on connecting customers with premier leisure experiences – from vacations to hometown family entertainment. Since 1999, Allegiant Air has linked travelers in small-to-medium cities to world-class vacation destinations with all-nonstop flights and industry-low average fares.

Allegiant serves more than 450 routes across the country, with base airfares less than half the cost of the average domestic roundtrip ticket. Allegiant´s Sunseeker Resorts subsidiary is currently under construction with its inaugural resort property, Sunseeker Resort Charlotte Harbor in Southwest Florida – a unique waterside integrated resort like no other.

JetBlue launches new tier fare structure to better compete with budget carriers

Low-cost air carrier JetBlue has announced it is launching a new fare structure, the company said.

Previously, JetBlue has offered four fare options: Blue, Blue Plus, Blue Flex, and its business-class offering, Mint. With a standard Blue fare, no checked bags are included, with Blue Plus one checked bag is included, and with Blue Flex, two checked bags were included. There was no change fee with Blue Flex bookings, and TrueBlue members got bonus miles when they booked Blue Plus or Blue Flex fares online.

The new tier structure includes those same tiers with the exception of Blue Flex, which has been changed to Blue Extra, which does not include free checked bags.

There is also a new tier: Blue Basic, or JetBlue´s version of Basic Economy. With Blue Basic, no checked bags are included, but one carry-on and one personal item are. There are no changes allowed and a cancellation will result in a forfeited fare (meaning no refund).

The company said its success is at risk if it does not disrupt this market by lowering fares without sacrificing the experience. The move is intended to help JetBlue better compete with budget carriers like Frontier and Spirit, as well as the basic economy fares that have been rolled out by Delta, American and United.

Diodes Level Shifters Provide High-Speed, Flexible, and Easy-to-Use Logic Translation

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD) has announced two flexible, high-speed automotive-compliant voltage translators for use in environments with ambient temperatures up to 125°C, the company said.

The PI4ULS5V108Q and PI4ULS5V202Q are designed for use in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), infotainment, and telematics equipment.

Both devices are compatible with either push-pull or open-drain connections, delivering the convenience of a single part number to address multiple applications. In addition, bidirectional flexibility with automatic direction sensing simplifies level shifting between bus interfaces, such as SMBus, PMBus, or I2C devices, by eliminating any requirement for a direction-control signal.

Diodes is a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality application specific standard products within the broad discrete, logic, analog, and mixed-signal semiconductor markets. Diodes serves the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial, and automotive markets. Further information is available at

Dedrone names VP of Defense Solutions to lead sUAS defeat programs

Dedrone, a counter-drone technology and airspace security company, has announced it has hired former Battelle Memorial Institute executive Alex Morrow as Vice President of Defense Solutions, the company said.

At Battelle Morrow was the lead developer of counter-drone defeat technology DroneDefender, which Dedrone acquired in October 2019.

Prior to joining Dedrone, Morrow was the Director of cUAS Programs at Battelle Memorial Institute. In 2014, Morrow began working on DroneDefender, a non-kinetic, radio frequency sUAS countermeasure, which safeguards airspace without risking collateral damage. In October 2019, Dedrone acquired DroneDefender from Battelle and established Dedrone´s new counter-sUAS consultancy called Dedrone Defense.

As Vice President of Defense Solutions, Morrow will continue to advance DroneDefender for Dedrone customers, including US federal agencies, and other organizations with authorization to defeat sUAS.

Dedrone is a market and technology leader in airspace security. The Dedrone counter-drone platform combines hardware sensors and machine-learning software, providing early warning, classification of, and mitigation against all drone threats. Based in San Francisco, Dedrone was founded in 2014 and is backed by investors including Felicis Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems and founder of JC2 Ventures. 

Five9 customers can now benefit from the Five9 Einstein Engagement Bot

Five9, Inc. (Nasdaq: FIVN) has launched the Five9 Einstein Engagement Bot on Salesforce AppExchange, empowering enterprise contact centers to engage customers with intelligent, compelling interactions, the company said.

This integration enables Einstein Bot to engage with the customer, determine the intent of their need, provide quick answers or, if necessary, intelligently escalate to a chat or a phone call back from an agent. In the case of escalation, the full context of the Einstein Bot interaction is leveraged for routing to the best agent and passed to the agent for an easy handover.

The Five9 Einstein Engagement Bot is the latest move for Five9 in ushering in the era of the Intelligent Cloud Contact Center. The Five9 integration enables enterprise contact centers to deliver excellent customer experience as a differentiator.

Salesforce AppExchange, the world´s enterprise cloud marketplace, empowers companies to sell, service, market and engage in entirely new ways. With more than 4,000 solutions, 7 million customer installs and 80,000 peer reviews, it is the most comprehensive source of cloud, mobile, social, analytics and artificial intelligence technologies for businesses.

Five9 is a provider of cloud contact center software for the intelligent contact center space, bringing the power of cloud innovation to customers and facilitating more than five billion call minutes annually. Five9 provides end-to-end solutions with omnichannel routing, analytics, WFO and AI to increase agent productivity and deliver tangible business results. The Five9 Genius platform is reliable, secure, compliant and scalable; designed to create exceptional personalized customer experiences.

Clear Channel Airports granted renewed advertising contract at Trinidad and Tobago International Airports

US media company Clear Channel Airports (CCA) has announced it has been granted a five-year advertising contract at Piarco International Airport (POS) and ANR Robinson International Airport (TAB) of Trinidad and Tobago, beginning April 2020, the company said.

CCA is offering a new cutting-edge advertising program that will reach 3 million passengers in one of the Caribbean´s wealthiest countries.

CCA´s program provides revenue generating offerings through signature, high-impact digital and large format assets with energy conservation in mind. This new media program will implement a minimalist approach at both airports to ensure a clean look that creates an inviting statement to welcome travelers.

Saki Automated X-ray Inspection System for PCBAs Delivers Increased Speed, Accuracy, and Safety

Saki Corporation, an innovator in the field of automated optical and X-ray inspection and measurement equipment, introduces a compact, lightweight, inline 3D-CT automated X-ray inspection machine, the 3Xi-M110, for inspection of printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs), the company said.

The 3Xi-M110 reduces the dose and exposure to X-rays during inspection and features new soldering quality inspection functions for PCB assembly applications. Saki will demonstrate the PCB inspection capabilities of the 3Xi-M110 at productronica 2019, being held in Munich, Germany from November 12-15, in stand A2.259.

Saki´s new X-ray inspection system ensures the quality of hidden solder joints for bottom-electrode packages, such as BGAs, LGAs, and QFNs, which are found in advanced embedded devices, telecommunications, and automotive products. Saki´s Planar Computed Tomography (PCT) provides precise volumetric measurements and shape reconstruction to find voids, head-in-pillow (HiP), and other defects that are extremely difficult to identify.

Since its inception in 1994, Saki has led the way in the development of automated recognition through robotic vision technology. Saki´s 3D automated solder paste, optical, and X-ray inspection systems (SPI, AOI, AXI) have been recognized to provide the stable platform and advanced data capture mechanisms necessary for true M2M communication, improving production, process efficiency, and product quality. Saki Corporation has headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, with offices, sales, and support centers around the world.

Kymeta provides communications to City of Redmond Emergency Management Division

Kymeta joined the City of Redmond and multiple partners for Cascadia Rising Solutions — a full-scale emergency management exercise designed to assess disaster response and recovery preparedness in the event of a large-scale earthquake or similarly catastrophic incident, the company said.

The two day long exercise was supported by partners from across the United States and Canada, as well as volunteers from the City of Redmond and surrounding areas. Kymeta was an industry partner in this event providing its hybrid connectivity solution, which leverages both satellite and cellular networks, to multiple city vehicles. Kymeta´s electronically steered, flat panel terminals were installed on a fire battalion commander´s vehicle, a medical response vehicle, and a large mobile emergency command center vehicle.

Kymeta´s unique hybrid platform enables reliable and robust communications for first responders in a range of environments and field operations where deployment speed and high mobility are critical factors. Kymeta solutions also help communities restore essential connectivity in the aftermath of catastrophic events such as a significant earthquake. During the exercise, the solution enabled communications capabilities for response teams, including voice and video phone calls and image transfer during the simulated outages.

Cascadia Rising took place at several locations throughout the city of Redmond. The drills consisted of three rounds of activities to challenge reaction and response times in cases of limited technology, transitional access to technology, and access to advanced high technology. Kymeta demonstrated the ease of use of its connectivity solutions platform, and its ability to seamlessly integrate with first responders´ existing devices without the need for additional training.

Kymeta is unlocking the potential of satellite connectivity, combined with cellular networks, to satisfy the overwhelming demand for global ubiquitous mobile connectivity. The company´s flat-panel satellite antenna, the first of its kind, the Kymeta connected platform, and Kymeta connectivity services provide revolutionary mobile connectivity on satellite and hybrid satellite-cellular networks to customers around the world. Backed by US and international patents and licenses, the Kymeta terminal addresses the need for lightweight, slim, and high-throughput communication systems that do not require mechanical components to steer toward a satellite. Kymeta makes connecting easy — for any vehicle, vessel, or fixed platform.

Viasat's Ka-band in-flight connectivity system receives type certification for Embraer Praetor 600 aircraft

California-based communications company Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) has announced the FAA, EASA and ANAC have granted Type Certification for Viasat´s Ka-band business aviation in-flight connectivity (IFC) system for use on the Embraer Praetor 600 mid-sized business jet, the company said.

Viasat´s IFC system will be offered as a line-fit option, and will provide passengers and crew high-speed, high-quality in-flight internet connections required to enjoy advanced streaming services including Viasat Unlimited Streaming; conduct multi-site video conference calling; use corporate virtual private networks, email and cloud services; and leverage other bandwidth-intensive business and entertainment applications–at all stages of flight.

The Viasat business aviation IFC solution uses Viasat´s Global Aero Terminal 5510, which will tap into the vast combined capacity offered by ViaSat-1, ViaSat-2 and European Ka-band satellite platforms today, and will be forward-compatible with Viasat´s future-generation satellite constellation, ViaSat-3–with no additional hardware upgrades.

ViaSat creates new ways to access advanced network applications with satellite and other wireless networking systems that enable fast, secure, and efficient communications to any location. The company provides networking products and services for enterprise and consumer IP applications; is a key supplier of network-centric military communications and encryption technologies to the US government; and is the primary technology partner for gateway and customer premises equipment for consumer and mobile satellite broadband services.

Liberty Latin America Reinforces Commitment to Panama City

Liberty Latin America Ltd. (NASDAQ: LILA and LILAK, OTC Link: LILAB) has announced that Chief Operating Officer, Betzalel Kenigsztein, will relocate from Denver to Panama City further demonstrating a commitment to building a scalable Operations Center firmly in the heart of Latin America, the company said.

The announcement came while Panama was host to the Liberty Latin America board of directors and Management team earlier this week.

Kenigsztein will continue in his role as Chief Operating Officer working closely with local executive management teams to drive customer growth, leverage scale opportunities, and continuously enhance our customer experience.

Kenigsztein is a proven international executive having led large operations across Latin America and Europe. Throughout his career he´s lived and worked in Israel, the Netherlands, Hungary and the United States. He was born in Argentina and is fluent in Spanish, English and Hebrew.

Liberty Latin America established its Operations Center in Panama City in July 2019 and is making progress on its commitment to hire 500 people over the next five years. Panama will be home to IT, Finance, HR and Product Development teams that will help Liberty Latin America utilize its scale and deliver value to customers across Latin America and the Caribbean.

Kenigsztein´s move is the second Liberty Latin America Executive to relocate to Panama, reaffirming a strong commitment to the country and to the region.

Liberty Latin America is a telecommunications company operating in over 20 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands VTR, Flow, Liberty, Más Móvil, BTC, UTS and Cabletica. The communications and entertainment services that we offer to our residential and business customers in the region include digital video, broadband Internet, telephony and mobile services. Our business products and services include enterprise-grade connectivity, data center, hosting and managed solutions, as well as information technology solutions with customers ranging from small and medium enterprises to international companies and governmental agencies. In addition, Liberty Latin America operates a sub-sea and terrestrial fiber optic cable network that connects over 40 markets in the region.