BEIJING, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Air China and China Express signed a codeshare cooperation agreement in the city of Guiyang, Guizhou province on August 29, 2014, and the two carriers will start to share codes on each other’s selected flights from September 1, 2014.

Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

 

Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

Air China Starts Codeshare with China Express

 

According to the agreement, the two carriers will connect the cities of Chongqing, Guiyang and Dalian to their respective networks. With the cooperation, Air China will be put its code CA on 32 routes operated by China Express, which will extend its route network to the second-tier and third-tier cities around Chongqing as well as in provinces of Guizhou and Liaoning Province. At the same time, China Express will put is G5 code on 30 routes operated by Air China, which will extend its network to most of China’s big and medium-sized cities. Currently, Air China operates over 50 routes to Chongqing, Guizhou and Liaoning, giving passengers easy access to most of the Chinese provincial capitals via Chongqing, Guiyang and Dalian.

Lou Yongfeng, Managing Director, International Cooperation Department, Commercial Committee, said, “Air China has always attached great importance to establishing partnerships with other carriers. It is our hope that our codeshare cooperation with China Express will further expand the networks of both sides and make it easier for passengers around the country to travel to and from the regions around Chongqing, Guizhou and Liaoning.”

Luo Tong, Vice President of China Express, said, “The cooperation not only connects the networks of the two carriers, but also make a trunk route carrier and a feeder carrier complement each other. The feeder market will enter a fast track by benefiting from the well-established trunk routes. So the point-to-point operations of the feeder market will be supported by trunk route operations. China Express is quite committed to making medium- and small-sized cities more accessible, and the most effective way of doing that at the lowest social costs is to fully take advantage of the network of trunk routes to grow the feeder market.”

Air China is China’s only national flag carrier and also the largest carrier between China and Europe and between China and America. Its route network serves over 162 destinations in 32 countries and regions worldwide. China Express is a carrier operating feeder routes for passenger and cargo transportation. The codeshare cooperation between Air China and China Express blazes the trail for partnership between trunk route carrier and domestic feeder carrier, make more products available to the domestic market, giving passengers in more travel options, promote the cultural exchanges of second-tier and third-tier cities with other parts the country, facilitate regional economic development, and further promote the development of China’s feeder route market.

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— The aerospace, defense, automotive and healthcare industries will lead in the adoption of this technology

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Four-dimensional (4-D) printing develops materials that alter their properties and behaviors based on external stimuli such as changes in temperature. This advanced technology is poised to have a disruptive effect in multiple industries. In the near future, 4-D printing will revolutionize the business landscape by printing objects ranging from human organs to parts used in the aerospace and automotive sectors.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Advances in 4-D Printing, expects the aerospace, defense, automotive and healthcare industries to be the first to adopt 4-D printing technology after its commercialization. Other industries will follow suit as the technology matures.

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“4-D printing, an extension of three-dimensional printing, is superior to conventional manufacturing techniques in terms of performance, efficiency and quality, and can create new products with increased capabilities,” noted Technical Insights Research Analyst Jithendranath Rabindranath. “Unlike conventional manufacturing techniques, it facilitates self-assembly of materials required to manufacture parts and products, thereby speeding up the process and reducing the need for labor.”

Much work remains for market participants, as 4-D printing technology is in an early stage of development. Rapid prototyping technology has not yet been widely tested for large-scale applications and physical object manufacturing, and thus the validity of 4-D printing technology for such implementation scenarios has not been clearly demonstrated.

As with any new technology, the initial implementation cost of 4-D printing is an adoption hurdle. In cases where companies are willing to make this investment, product prices tend to be high in order to recover costs incurred and maintain profitability levels in the face of modest production volumes.

“After a few years of mass commercialization, the cost of employing 4-D printing technology will decrease, prompting several companies across a wide range of industries to integrate this technology into their manufacturing systems,” stated Rabindranath. “Uptake will also strengthen due to the positive funding environment, which encourages confederations, research laboratories, universities, startups and big market participants especially in North America to invest in R&D.”

Advances in 4-D Printing, a part of the Technical Insights (http://www.technicalinsights.frost.com) subscription, offers insights on nine dimensions of 4-D printing technology: year of impact, market potential, global footprint, IP activity, funding, breadth of industries, impact on megatrend, potential points of convergence, and size of the innovation ecosystem. Further, this research service includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

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BEIJING, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — This year marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-French diplomatic relations. Now, Air China and French star chefs in the field of air catering based in Paris have jointly introduced a number of French gourmet dishes onboard the carrier’s flights.

ChinaFrance route is an important part of Air China’s European route network. Air China has always been committed to improving its culinary offerings on the route and different healthy meals are offered in each of the four seasons. Now, with the cooperation between Air China and Paris-based “Sky Chefs Studio”, an international team of renowned chefs led by its lead chef has designed a selection of gourmet dishes that combine classical and modern culinary trends. In the First Class and Business Class on the route, famous French dishes offered include “Steak with Sliced Duck”, “Columbus Chicken Roll”, “Garlic-flavored Prawns” and “Foie Gras Pine Nuts”.  “Columbus Chicken Roll”, one of the creations highly recommended by the lead chef, is a classic dish born in Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts Institute. The chicken is tender and mellow, with lingering aromas. It was also a dish chosen by the British Queen when she ascended the throne.

Snacks include “Cake with Haagen-Dazs” – warm chocolate cake and silky cold Haagen-Dazs ice cream served in the afternoon tea time promises a flavorful contrast.  Bread with olive oil, which does justice to international healthy diet trends, invites grunts of joy.

Air China has also upgraded the Economy Class meals on the route. Locally sourced French ingredients like steak and fish guarantee that the quality foods served onboard reflect the local culinary features.

Currently, Air China operates routes BeijingParis and ShanghaiParis between the two countries. By June 2014, the number of flights operated per week had reached 24, which makes Air China the largest domestic operator on the market. With its pleasant cabin interior and attentive services, Air China is the preferred choice for passengers traveling between China and Europe.

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— Blended products that include therapeutic coatings of different materials are making waves in the industry

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Innovations will surge in the protective coatings industry by 2020, giving rise to a range of improved biocompatible and durable coatings that enable implant devices for use in orthopedic, orthodontic and cardiac applications. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) are creating new standards for upcoming industry trends in protective coatings, further encouraging patent developments.

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New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Innovations in Protective Coatings for Medical Devices, finds that increasing biocompatibility is a major driver for implant coatings. Successful implant coatings enhance biocompatibility and promote healing processes by minimizing tissue rejection and better anchoring implants to the targeted area.

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Passivation – accomplished by coating implant material with polymer layers – is an upcoming area of research in coatings for biomedical applications. Passivation techniques have been successfully used in development of coatings and biomaterials to manufacture the most biocompatible implants.

“This is particularly important in cases of load-bearing implants with need for mechanical strength,” said Technical Insights Research Analyst Sanchari Chatterjee. “Developing specialized coatings and techniques that prevent aggressive cell growth and aid the production of desirable endothelial cells rather than smooth muscle cells will also be crucial.”

However, protective coatings require sophisticated raw materials that incur high costs. For instance, low availability of titanium, coupled with demand from industries such as aerospace, industrial and recreation make it an expensive resource.

Developing novel coating materials has been a trend in the industry for the last two years.  For example, use of spider silk, which is hypoallergenic, biodegradable and usable as coating for implants or as a drug carrier in pharmaceutics, is being researched as a coating for silicone implants.

In the meantime, combination products such as therapeutic coatings of different materials are creating a stir in the industry. Coatings that use solutions as surface treatments too are gaining momentum. For instance, bone implant surfaces enriched with biomolecules can accelerate the bone healing process.

“Research institutes have joined forces with industry players to evaluate a wide variety of biomolecules such as growth factors, bioactive proteins, enzymes and non-viral genes,” added Technical Insights Research Analyst Vivek Ninkileri. “As is evident, stakeholder initiatives, especially collaboration among research institutes, academia and medical device manufacturers will play a major role in the advancement of protective coating technologies.”

Innovations in Protective Coatings for Medical Devices, a part of the Technical Insights (http://www.technicalinsights.frost.com) subscription, analyses key innovations in protective coatings for medical devices to distinguish the chief developments and challenges in the market. Opportunity strategy evaluation, technology roadmap, impact analysis, and R&D development strategies are also discussed. Further, this study includes detailed technology analysis and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

Technical Insights is an international technology analysis business that produces a variety of technical news alerts, newsletters, and research services.

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— Joint ventures with local suppliers will allow international participants to capitalise on growing markets

LONDON, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Owing to tight budgets, the Ministries of Defence (MoDs) in various countries are looking to bring down the cost of operations and maintenance without compromising on the availability of their key capabilities. This shift in focus from large-scale platform procurement to on-going systems support is driving the global military systems support-in-service market.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Military Systems Support-in-Service Market Assessment, finds that the market earned revenues of $16.36 billion in 2013 and estimates this to reach $21.10 billion in 2022. The study covers support-in-service for air, ground and sea systems.

MoDs are looking to engage service providers that are willing to break down scheduled heavy maintenance into on-going systems support, thus enabling 24/7 platform availability while reducing the burden of holding a large inventory of spares. With this rising need for more efficient, cost-effective maintenance procedures, performance-based contracts are gaining prominence.

“The advent of data-driven, IT-infrastructure-guided maintenance programs that continuously monitor military platforms has added momentum to the implementation of performance-based logistic processes,” said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defence Research Analyst Arun Kumar Sampathkumar. “In 2013, the Department of Defence in the US alone invested over $80 million in performance-based maintenance contracts.”

While performance-based contracts for support-in-service programs are beneficial, negotiating feasible platform-availability terms with customers is the biggest challenge faced by service providers. Military maintenance infrastructure, platform fleet size, service-provider capability, and supply-chain mechanics are all crucial factors that must be taken into account.

In addition, these contracts cover only the short term, as shrinking military budgets restrict MoDs from issuing long-term performance based contracts. The slowdown in international military operations is also decreasing platform utilisation, in turn, affecting market revenues.

One way to maximise opportunities is to partner with key platform providers. This implies taking the responsibility of providing systems support or becoming a ‘manufacturer-endorsed systems support provider.’ Recent platform procurement contracts already indicate that the trend of combining platform and service procurement is gathering pace.

“Finally, those service providers looking to expand into emerging markets can collaborate with local service providers to lower capital investment on maintenance infrastructure and establish a strong presence in those regions,” suggested Sampathkumar. “Partnering with local suppliers is also welcomed by governments that are otherwise conservative in choosing international service providers for military support.”

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, at edyta.grabowska@frost.com.

Global Military Systems Support-in-Service Market Assessment is part of the Defence (http://www.defense.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Business Aircraft Market, Global Military Land Vehicles Market Assessment, Global Airport Security Market Assessment Update, and Global C4ISR Market Assessment. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Scoot Pte. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, has selected UTC Aerospace Systems to provide asset management and repair services for components on its Boeing 787 aircraft through a Comprehensive Accessory Repair and Exchange (C.A.R.E.) program agreement. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

As part of the C.A.R.E. program agreement, UTC Aerospace Systems will provide inventory support and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for 10 Boeing 787-9 and 10 787-8 aircraft to be operated by Scoot. Products supported under the agreement include air management systems, electric power generator and start systems, emergency power systems, fire suppression, sensors and lighting systems. The first of the 787-9 aircraft will be delivered to Scoot in November 2014.

“C.A.R.E. is a customized UTC Aerospace Systems service program that provides Scoot with comprehensive and proactive service they can count on,” said Brian Costa, vice president and general manager of Customer Service for UTC Aerospace Systems’ Aircraft Systems segment. “As Scoot transitions its fleet to the 787, we look forward to providing them with entry-into-service and maintenance support to keep their aircraft flying and performing optimally.”

UTC Aerospace Systems has had C.A.R.E. programs in place with Singapore Airlines to support multiple components on the airline’s Boeing 777 and Airbus A380 fleet since 2008.

Scoot Pte. Ltd., is a Singapore-based long-haul budget airline. It operates medium- and long-haul flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Qingdao, Nanjing, Seoul, Hong Kong and Perth.

UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries. UTC Aerospace Systems supports a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.

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LONDON, July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Continued, high threat perception in the critical national infrastructure (CNI) security market in the United Kingdom is driving increased investments in infrastructure security within the country. Protection of assets remains a top priority for the government, with sustained effort and planning to ensure the continuity of critical services throughout the country.

New research from Frost & Sullivan, titled Analysis of the United Kingdom Critical National Infrastructure Security Market, finds that the market earned revenues of GBP2.43 billion in 2013 and estimates this will reach GBP3.10 billion in 2019. The study covers security for the border and maritime, energy, mass transport, water, government, C4i (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence) first responder, and cyber segments.

“The implementation of numerous infrastructure development plans across all critical infrastructure sectors in the coming years will up the demand for robust security measures in the UK,” said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defence Research Analyst Katherine Evans. “Mass transport and energy, in particular, will require significant upgrades to security systems as cyber threats become more sophisticated.”

Despite commitments to bolster the country’s critical infrastructure, continued public spending cuts have reduced the funds available for the government and CNI operators to improve current services and facilities. This has had an impact on all CNI sectors, especially those that rely entirely on government budgets such as border control and first responders. Restricted funding will force end users to turn to technology to increase efficiency and to ensure the standards of protection and service delivery remain high.

End users with budget constraints will look for the most cost-effective security partnerships and endeavour to keep costs to a minimum by bargaining hard, thus spurring market competition. Intensifying competition will affect potential margins for security providers as they have to look to reduce prices to win projects and retain customers in times of financial uncertainty.

“Integrated security systems will become popular as they can drive down the price of security systems due to the fact that they are interoperable and come from the same supplier,” noted Evans. “Fully integrated intelligence and security solutions are preferred to increase situational awareness and end user ability to mitigate and respond to threats.”

If you are interested in more information on this study, please send an e-mail to Edyta Grabowska, Corporate Communications, at edyta.grabowska@frost.com.

Analysis of the United Kingdom Critical National Infrastructure Security Market is part of the Security (http://www.defense.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: Global Military Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Systems and Sensors Market Assessment, Global Oil and Gas Infrastructure Security Market Assessment, US Department of Homeland Security Budget, and Global Physical Security Information Management Market Assessment. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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  • The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
  • The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.

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