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Business Buzz ¦ Mumbai International Airport Private Limited has chosen Twisted Pair Solutions’ WAVE™ software technology to turn Nortel IP telephones deployed at Mumbai International Airport into push-to-talk radios. By allowing IP telephones to...


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¦ Mumbai International Airport Private Limited has chosen Twisted Pair Solutions’ WAVE™ software technology to turn Nortel IP telephones deployed at Mumbai International Airport into push-to-talk radios. By allowing IP telephones to work directly with radios, and vice versa, WAVE software unifies communications for enterprises and enables them to use their existing communications technology in new ways while avoiding unnecessary investments in additional hardware. Mumbai International is India’s busiest airport, having catered to 22.2 million passengers and 470,000 tons of cargo in 2006-07.

¦ A memorandum of intent has been signed by American Airlines and AirCell LLC, a provider of airborne telecom services, which will reportedly make it the first US airline to enable passengers to use AirCell’s high-speed broadband connectivity. The broadband connectivity test is due to be conducted on the airline’s Boeing 767-200 aircraft, flying mainly transcontinental routes, available in all classes for a fee. American Airlines said the service could be extended to the rest of its domestic fleet if the solution proves successful. The solution will provide a high-speed Internet connection, VPN access and e-mail capabilities through WiFi-enabled laptops and PDA devices, allowing passengers to access real-time in-flight broadband communication.

¦ JetBlue Airways Corporation and Deutsche Lufthansa AG announced an agreement for Lufthansa to make a minority equity investment in JetBlue. This transaction represents the first significant investment by a European air carrier in a US point-to-point air carrier. Under the terms of the agreement, Lufthansa will purchase in a private placement approximately 42 million newly issued common shares of JetBlue, or 19 percent of JetBlue’s equity after giving effect to the issuance.

¦ MidCoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield opened its doors to the flying public. The airport is a recent addition to the exclusive list of joint-use airfields in the US. The new “state of the art” terminal building contains a total of 13,825 square feet, which includes both a civilian FBO terminal and military administration offices. In addition to the terminal, other structures were constructed to include 12 T-hangars, five box hangars and a 10,000-square-foot bulk hangar with a 30-foot door. The civilian general aviation part of the development also includes a large ramp and plans for a self-fueling facility.

¦ UPS launched a simplified global portfolio for shipping air freight, including a substantially expanded express freight option with guaranteed door-to-door service. The new air freight portfolio features a greatly expanded international express service called UPS Express SM Freight. It more than triples the number of express lanes currently served and provides guaranteed time-definite, overnight to three-day door-to-door delivery including routine customs clearance to major global metropolitan areas. For less time-sensitive global movements, UPS offers two non-guaranteed alternatives: UPS Air Freight Direct SM is a one- to three-day airport-to-airport service, and UPS Air Freight Consolidated SM is a three- to-five day airport-to-airport service. Both services are available worldwide and offer pickup, delivery and customs clearance as optional features. Freight shipments may move on either UPS or third-party aircraft.

¦ Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of global air cargo services, announced that Polar Air Cargo Worldwide Inc. will begin service into Osaka’s Kansai International Airport from Chicago O’Hare International Airport, effective Feb. 21, 2008. Polar will operate five times weekly between Chicago and Osaka using B747-400 freighter equipment. This new service will also provide connections from Osaka to Shanghai, as well as connecting Osaka with Polar’s US destinations and the fast growing South American region.

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