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Like airline food? Service wings it to your door each week
Airline food, especially in economy class, has a bad reputation, although part of its tastelessness can be attributed to the desensitization of the tastebuds at 30,000 feet. Back on the ground, its full flavor can be enjoyed and we’ve even seen Arlanda Foodtrucks offer up airport food on the street. Now Germany’s Air Food One is a subscription service that lets anyone get airline meals delivered to their home once a week. READ MORE…
App-controlled airplane seat lets passengers customize their experience before they board
A key aspect of a holiday is comfort, and consumers come in all shapes and sizes when it comes to what helps them feel at ease. While we’ve already seen the UK’s Whitbread hotel chain let guests customize their room before they arrive through itshub project, now Thales Group has unveiled its Immersive Business Class Seat, an airplane seat that can be controlled by an app or which automatically detects their entertainment preference using social data. READ MORE…
Air France-KLM set to use smart tags to enable quick luggage drop-offs and suitcase tracking
Luggage causes all kinds of problems for both travellers and airlines — it can get mislaid by baggage handlers or customers can arrive late to find long queues for check-ins. In the past, we’ve seen the hop! suitcase automatically follow its owners so it never gets lost, but now Air France-KLM has announced that is teaming up with FastTrack to offer its eTag and eTrack system to passengers. READ MORE…
Dutch airline passengers can now buy a flight through Facebook and Twitter
In the recent past, we’ve seen Soldsie leverage social conversations as a payment platform — enabling users to buy fashion products by simply leaving a comment on the relevant Facebook photos. While a flight is typically a much larger purchase, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is also now enabling its customers to confirm and pay for a seat on one of their flights through social media platforms. READ MORE…
'Flying Nannies' will keep kids happy aboard airplanes
When kids are unsettled and cause a commotion on board, it makes flights that little bit more difficult for parents – never mind other passengers. Enter Etihad Airways’ Flying Nanny scheme, which introduces a new member of on-board staff, available to assist families and their children. READ MORE…
Smart gates track passenger location to avoid flight delays
While travelers have been able to make sure they know the whereabouts of their luggage with innovations such as the hop! trackable suitcase, it’s much harder for airlines to know exactly where their passengers are when it comes time to board. In order to curb delays to flights when customers haven’t turned up on time, London’s Heathrow Airport has introduced a new system that lets flight attendants know if someone isn’t going to make their plane. READ MORE…
Travel comparison site puts emphasis on flight quality over quick arrival times
Not all consumers are after the same thing when it comes to booking a holiday, and platforms such asGetGoing have offered discounts to those who aren’t too fussy about their destination, but are concerned about cost. Now Routehappy aims to cater for tourists who would rather ensure they traveled in comfort than take the most direct flight. READ MORE…
Airline commissions books that can be completed in flight time
In today’s world of non-stop information and endless social network notifications, it’s hard to find the time to concentrate on just one story, never mind finishing a full-length novel. The Netherlands’ VertragingsApp has already encouraged train passengers to discover short story authors based on their delay time, and now a new project has created a range of fiction titles for customers of Australia’s Qantas airline, selected to correspond with flight times. READ MORE…
Airline introduces world’s first ‘pay-by-weight’ customer charge
Air travel is ripe for world firsts – take Virgin Atlantic‘s in-flight art gallery for example. In a slightly more controversial move, Samoa Air is now claiming to be the first airline in the world to charge passengers based on their own weight, as well as their luggage. READ MORE…
Delta’s ‘Photon Shower’ combats jet lag with light
Several years back we spotted the Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airports offering free light therapy sessions to weary winter travelers, and recently we came across something similar. Demonstrated this time at the recent TED2013 conference in California, Delta airlines has devised what it calls a Photon Shower that can minimize jet lag and help travelers recover from a long flight. READ MORE…
Device notifies flyers of their luggage location
Lost luggage can be a nightmare for travelers, and we’ve already seen the hop! suitcase try to tackle the problem by automatically following its owner. Now we’ve come across TrakDot, which is a small signal transmitting device that tracks the location of its user’s luggage. READ MORE…
Frequent flyer miles donated to those who wish to visit sick relatives
We’ve already seen ventures such as AngelMule using travel for social good, rewarding tourists for delivering goods to non-profit ventures abroad. Now The Extra Mile hopes to collect frequent flyer miles from those that don’t use them so that friends and family of the terminally ill can visit their loved ones. READ MORE…
Airport parking lot cars put up for short-term rent
UK vehicle owners willing to let out their car to others when it’s not in use can already do so through the easyCar Car Club scheme. Now in the US, FlightCar aims to put vehicles left in airport parking lots to use by offering them up for short-term loans. READ MORE…
Airline offers trip abroad for voters who disagree with the presidential election outcome
Last year we saw Die Liebeskuemmerer encourage the heart-broken to get away from it all in the form of relaxing breaks, and now Election Protection 2012, a similarly therapeutic campaign from airline JetBlue, promises to fly voters out of the US if their candidate of choice does not win the presidency on 6 November. READ MORE…
Virgin America offers voter registration at 35,000 feet
If airline passengers can get immigration checks out of the way while still en route, then surely there’s a world of other mundane yet necessary tasks that could be taken care of in-flight as well. Take registering to vote, for example. Thanks to a new effort by Virgin America, that’s another chore that can now be handled at 35,000 feet. READ MORE…