Daily Archives: September 10, 2018

Biman Signs Order for Three New Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd. has ordered three new Q400 turboprops by signing a purchase agreement with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC).

Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$106 million.

“We are very pleased that Biman is expanding its Q400 fleet with this order for three new aircraft,” said François Cognard, VP, Sales, Asia Pacific. “The Q400’s greater seating and cargo capacity really set it apart from the competition. Furthermore, the Q400’s mix of turboprop economics and jet like performance were the best match for Biman’s mix of short and long-range routes. Operators coming back for more Q400 aircraft really validates the benefits of the aircraft’s unique characteristics.”

“We are very excited about adding these Q400s to our fleet. We currently operate two Q400s and without hesitation, we can say that these aircraft are ideal for our domestic and regional operations,” said Mr. A M Mosaddique Ahmed, Managing Director and CEO, Biman Bangladesh Airlines. With its outstanding economics, comfort and operational flexibility, the Q400 will allow us to offer high frequency services within Bangladesh and neighboring countries.”

“We are extremely pleased to be supporting Bombardier in selling their Q400 aircraft to Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd.,” said Ian McLeod, Vice-President of Business Development and Sales for the Canadian Commercial Corporation. “Canada and Bangladesh enjoy strong bi-lateral ties through trade and investment, development cooperation, and people-to-people links. Increasing the capacity of the national carrier supports these efforts and the economic growth of the country; improving their lives of Bangladeshis by increasing their access to domestic and international destinations.”

About Biman
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is the National Flag Carrier airline of Bangladesh. Its main hub is at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and it also operates flights from its secondary hubs at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet. The airline provides international passenger and cargo services to Asia and Europe, as well as all domestic routes inside Bangladesh. Biman currently flies to 15 international and seven domestic routes.

About the Canadian Commercial Corporation
The Canadian Commercial Corporaiton (CCC) is the Government of Canada’s international government-to-government contracting organization. A Canadian Crown corporation, CCC helps Canadian exporters sell goods and services to foreign governments around the world using a government-to-government contract mechanism. In 2017-18, the Canadian Commercial Corporation was active in 78 countries around the world, working with 182 Canadian companies, to sign export contracts worth over $1.3 billion.

About Bombardier
With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.

Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services. Bombardier shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, Bombardier posted revenues of $16.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

Notes to Editors
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The Q400 aircraft backgrounder is available in the BCA Media Hub.

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft
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SolarWinds IT Professionals Day 2018 Envisions a World Powered by Tech Pros

Annual survey reveals an ambition to be ‘Tech PROactive:’ end users and up-skilling in new technologies are top priorities for tech professionals

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, announced the findings of its IT Pro Day 2018: A World Powered by Tech Pros survey today. The results explore a world where technology professionals have the opportunity to be ‘Tech PROactive;’ in other words, what they would do if they had the time, resources, and ability to use their technology prowess to do anything—from improving IT environments, to global societal challenges, and even their personal lives. The survey supports IT Professionals Day, which is observed on the third Tuesday of every September (September 18, 2018), and intends to emphasize appreciation for IT professionals, the critical role they play in end user’s lives, and in operating a successful, modern business.

“Today’s technology professionals face a tremendous amount of responsibility at work, from one-off user requests and help desk tickets to the expectation of continuous technology implementation,” said Joseph Kim, executive vice president and chief technology officer, SolarWinds. “As a result, they have very little time to dedicate to being Tech PROactive. In honor of all the work they do, we want to celebrate the fourth annual IT Professionals Day by giving tech pros the freedom to explore all the ways they would use their technology aptitude to take their worlds forward—from IT optimization to helping solve societal challenges like environmental sustainability.”

Regardless of the time of day, environment, or their physical location, technology professionals are often the unsung, solutions-based heroes. In honor of all the work they take on to help us, we want to celebrate the fourth annual IT Professionals Day, by sharing insight into what inspires and interests them—including outside the office.

Key Findings

The SolarWinds IT Pro Day 2018 Survey: A World Powered by Tech Pros, explores a world where technology professionals have the time, resources, and ability to use their technology prowess to do anything—from improving their IT environments, to global societal challenges, and even their personal lives. In support of IT Professionals Day, global technology professionals were polled through a series of studies to provide unique insight into what a world powered by tech pros looks like.

In a world powered by technology professionals:

  • End users are the top priority.
    • Nearly 70% of tech pros surveyed respond to one-off user requests on a daily basis, and over half (51%) of tech pros respond to help desk tickets on a daily basis.
    • Even when they have time to be proactive at work, researching new technologies that will benefit the end user is still the number one priority (by weighted rank).
  • Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, deep learning, and cloud computing would not only transform IT environments, but the greater good, according to respondents.
    • The top three new technology advancements that tech pros would use to solve challenges within their IT environment if they had more time would be:
      1. AI/machine learning/deep learning
      2. Automation
      3. Cloud (by weighted rank, respectively)
    •  Technology professionals say they would use these technologies to:
      1. Uncover more actionable insights for business leadership
      2. Make repeatable tasks quicker and more accurate
      3. Scale easily and cost effectively by using the public cloud
    • The top three technology advancements that tech pros would use to solve broader societal issues if they had more time to do so would be:
      1. AI/machine learning/deep learning
      2. Big data analysis
      3. Cloud (by weighted rank, respectively)
    • Technology professionals say they would use these technologies to pursue two main societal challenges:
      1. Affordable education, housing, and healthcare for all
      2. Environmental and sustainability initiatives
  • Personal development is top of mind but requires a time commitment outside the traditional workday
    • The top three work-related activities that tech pros would spend their time on if they had one extra hour in the workday:
      • Developing a skillset (41%)
      • Researching new technologies (21%)
      • Planning/strategizing future technology innovation in your IT environment (19%)
  • Their IT prowess would also power their personal lives.

    • The top three areas outside of work that tech pros would use technology to enhance (by weighted rank):
      1. Home DIY projects
      — Such as using virtual reality (VR) to visualize a kitchen remodel before implementing changes
      2. Managing finances
      — By using machine learning (ML) to grow investments and diversify their portfolio
      3. Vacation planning
      — Such as utilizing cloud-based services to store and link travel data, and using IoT-based devices to generate real-time insights while on-the-go

“In 2017, we revealed that technology professionals are the backbone of our businesses,” Kim added. “This year, we’ve seen this trend continue, with tech pros going above and beyond their responsibilities to explore new technologies and educate themselves further. Forty-one percent of technology professionals shared that they’d continue developing their skillset if they had one more hour in the work day, and 21% shared that they’d spend it researching new technologies. We’re excited to celebrate this fourth annual IT Professionals Day by highlighting their interests—at work and at home—and their dedication to their field.”

Fielded in July 2018, the first of the two surveys was conducted by SolarWinds and yielded responses from 199 technology professionals from across the globe. The second survey was fielded by C White Consulting on behalf of SolarWinds and yielded responses from 180 IT practitioners, managers, and directors in the U.S. and Canada from public- and private-sector small, mid-size, and enterprise companies. Full survey results are available here.

Gamers for Good

In honor of IT Pro Day, SolarWinds is proudly donating to Gamers for Good, in support of their inspiring vision. We hope you contribute too!

Gamers for Good (G4G) is a nationwide charitable organization connecting gamers with service opportunities in their area. G4G also serves as an information source, across the game industry and fandom, of ways gamers can and are giving back to those in need.

“Our mission is to serve as both an example and a resource,” said Liz Cooper, founder/president, Gamers for Good. “Donations like this are vital, allowing us to focus our efforts on helping gamers become givers.”

Visit www.gamersforgood.com for more information.

IT Professionals Day

IT Professionals Day is designed to annually celebrate all IT professionals regardless of discipline. Whereas holidays such as System Administrator Appreciation Day achieve at recognizing one category of the profession, IT Professionals Day honors not only system administrators, but network engineers, database administrators, information security professionals, developers, IT support technicians, and all other professionals serving in IT-related roles. Please visit ITProDay.org to learn more.

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Alton Aviation Consultancy expands to Europe with Dublin office and appoints new Managing Director

DUBLIN, Ireland, Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alton Aviation Consultancy, a specialized aviation consulting firm with offices in New York, Hong Kong and Beijing, has further broadened its global reach with the opening of its new office in Dublin. Concurrent with its opening, the company has appointed Mr Enda Clarke as Managing Director with leadership responsibilities for the Dublin operation.

Prior to joining Alton Aviation Consultancy, Mr Clarke held the position of Chief Executive – Technical at Santos Dumont, with responsibility for co-leading its aviation consultancy, technical and asset management services business. Mr Clarke brings over a dozen years of proven aviation advisory experience – most of them, working with senior executives in airlines, leasing companies, and aircraft investment firms. At Alton, he leads a wide range of commercial and technical advisory engagements throughout the investment and asset life cycle, ranging from due diligence and aircraft purchase / lease negotiations to aircraft asset management and transition programs. Additionally, Enda delivers management consulting engagements to airlines, lessors, and MROs with specific strengths in benchmarking, process design, process improvement, and project management. In addition to an honors degree in Aeronautical Engineering, he also holds an MBA in Aviation Management from the University of Limerick.

Speaking of his new appointment and the new office, Mr Clarke said:
“There are a multitude of good reasons for selecting Dublin as the first European center for Alton Aviation Consultancy. Ireland has a unique place on the global stage of aviation history together with a legacy of innovation that continues today. In addition to being home to some of Europe’s leading airlines and maintenance, repair, and overhaul facilities, Dublin is recognized as a global hub for aircraft leasing and financing, which is a key market segment for Alton. I look forward to building on the impressive capabilities that Alton Aviation Consultancy can deploy and continuing the strong tradition of aviation excellence here in Dublin.”

John Mowry, Managing Director of Alton Aviation Consultancy, added:
“We’re excited to establish our new Dublin office to be closer to many of our clients, and to enhance our around-the-clock responsiveness with our existing offices in New York, Hong Kong, and Beijing. We’re equally delighted that Enda has joined the team. His leadership capability, seasoned advisory experience, and depth of subject matter expertise are highly complementary to our broad range of capabilities across the entire aviation ecosystem, allowing us to bring even more value to our clients.”

Alton Aviation Consultancy provides specialist advisory services across the entire aviation value chain. Aviation and aerospace executives trust the Alton team to deliver the objective, data-driven insight and guidance required to inform their business strategies, allocate capital, prioritize resources, and manage risk.

NOTES TO EDITORS

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NA Standing Committee discusses ways to handle officials’ unjustifiable assets

The National Assembly Standing Committee convened its 27th meeting on Monday to comment on important draft laws and reports.

In her opening speech, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said the meeting will comment on reports on the settlement of complaints and denunciations and the fight against crimes, law violations, and corruption.

Regarding the revised anti-corruption law, Ms. Ngan proposed the National Assembly Standing Committee consider methods to address unjustifiable wealth via the court or personal income tax.

“Courts in 25 countries have been authorized to identify legal owners of assets. This method does not contradict regulations on accountability that are currently in force,” said Madam Ngan.

Source: VOV5

200 South Korean delegates to attend summit in Pyongyang

The South Korean government plans to send a 200-member delegation to Pyongyang for the third inter-Korean summit this year, scheduled for next week.

Im Jong-seok, President Moon Jae-in’s chief of staff and head of a summit preparation committee, told a briefing on Monday that the delegation will include about 50 members of the press as well as South Korean government protocol, security and administrative support staff, and some senior lawmakers.

The South Korean government recommends National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang and chairmen of major parties, both ruling and opposition, to accompany President Moon Jae-in to attend the summit. The meeting will be the third this year between Moon and Kim, following ones in April and May, both of which were held in the Panmunjeom border village in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the Koreas.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam, China open new border gate pair

Bilateral border gates Chi Ma of Vietnam � Ai Dian of China officially opened on Monday at a ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue.

The border gate pair is significant in promoting socio-economic development in border areas and building a border of peace, friendship, stability, cooperation and development. It will boost agricultural exports to China and the import from China of goods and raw materials.

Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue will attend the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning, China on Tuesday. The event is hosted by China and the 10 other ASEAN countries.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam, China open new border gate pair

Bilateral border gates Chi Ma of Vietnam � Ai Dian of China officially opened on Monday at a ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue.

The border gate pair is significant in promoting socio-economic development in border areas and building a border of peace, friendship, stability, cooperation and development. It will boost agricultural exports to China and the import from China of goods and raw materials.

Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue will attend the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning, China on Tuesday. The event is hosted by China and the 10 other ASEAN countries.

Source: VOV5