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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Uber for fliers lets anyone catch a ride in a small plane
Being able to travel in a private jet is the pipe dream of many, but the reality is that its a luxury preserved for the moneyed few. In the past we’ve seen platforms such as JetSuite enable fractional ownership of jets, but startup Flytenow is making private air travel more affordable with ride sharing for small planes. 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…
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…
Service notifies travelers of likely flight delays, recommends alternatives
One way to avoid delays on commercial flights is to fly by private jet instead – something that Social Flights has been trying to enable the average traveler to do through its plane-sharing service. Another method – now being offered by KnowDelay – is to use weather forecasts to predict if flights will be cancelled so that fliers have the chance to rearrange their route. READ MORE…
Virgin Atlantic staff trained to whisper to put fliers at ease


We’ve covered a wealth of innovations designed to help frequent flyers enjoy a more relaxing experience at the airport — the Sleepbox being just one notable example — and we recently came across an effort from Virgin Atlantic which is hoping to make the in-flight experience as peaceful as possible as well. The airline is now training its flight attendants in the art of whispering in time for the launch of its Upper Class Dream Suite. READ MORE…
Ride-sharing network reduces costs of flights on private planes

Regular readers of Springwise will already be familiar with the concept of ride-sharing, and initiatives such as Ridekicks and go520 have previously applied the concept to road travel to great effect. Now  taking the same model and applying it to private aviation, we’ve  recently discovered Social Flights. READ MORE…
Drink designed for air travelers and sold in personalized quantities

Dehydration is a common problem for those traveling by air, and its  effects can lead to more serious health issues. Aiming to prevent such  situations altogether, 1Above bills itself as “the world’s first aerotonic flight beverage” designed specifically for airline passengers. READ MORE…