Emirates introduces new high tech buses for airside passenger operations

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Nov-27 — /Travel PR News/ — To provide passengers with even more comfortable transfers when they arrive, depart or transit at Dubai international Airport, Emirates has taken the initiative to bring in a fleet of new high tech buses for airside passenger operations. These new dedicated buses will ferry Emirates’ passengers between the… Read the full press release

SITA selected to transform the management of Heathrow’s vast communication network

New outsourcing agreement leverages innovative technologies and a strong support service  LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Heathrow has signed an innovative outsourcing agreement with SITA, the global IT company, to transform the management of the airport’s vast communication network into a smarter, automated service. Heathrow’s Network Tower supports every aspect of the network,… Read the full press release

PHILIPPINES: Cebu Pacific updates its NAIA Ticket Office with a cloud-based Queue Management System

Pasay City, Philippines, 2018-Nov-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Leading Philippine carrier Cebu Pacific has re-opened its organic Ticket Office at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3, installing an automated customer flow management system to create more customer-centric business processes and operations. The new ticket office also incorporates self-booking kiosks and express counters… Read the full press release

UNWTO partners with Niantic to enhance global tourism through mobile augmented reality games

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Nov-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has partnered with one of its newest Affiliate Members, real-world games developer Niantic, to enhance global tourism through the use of mobile augmented reality game experiences. UNWTO will collaborate with Niantic, creators of Pokémon GO and Ingress Prime, to curate unique campaigns around… Read the full press release

VisitBritain partners with Tencent on a new 3D racing game ‘QQ Speed’ to inspire more Chinese visitors to Britain

LONDON, UK, 2018-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — National tourism agency VisitBritain has collaborated with leading China-based internet technology and cultural enterprise Tencent on a new 3D racing game ‘QQ Speed’ to inspire more Chinese visitors to book a trip to Britain. Online gamers in China can now tour Britain virtually on two new tracks, exploring… Read the full press release

SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights for China: Airports in China are increasingly investing in technology

Survey shows increased investment in IT to manage China’s fast-growing industry Beijing, China, 2018-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Airports in China are increasingly investing in technology to equip new airports and terminals and manage rising passenger numbers. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights for China show that as airline passenger numbers in China rose nearly 13%… Read the full press release

Boeing and SparkCognition to launch a new company that will enable the future of urban aerial mobility

New company will build AI- and blockchain-powered airspace management software platform AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Nov-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and SparkCognition today (Nov. 20, 2018) announced plans to launch SkyGrid, a new company that will enable the future of urban aerial mobility. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid will develop a software platform to ensure… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group and the Lufthansa Innovation Hub launch startup Yilu an end-to-end platform for travel providers

Yilu, founded by the Lufthansa Group and Lufthansa Innovation Hub, is developing an intelligent end-to-end travel platform The aim is to consolidate the fragmented landscape of travel and mobility providers into one smart platform With Yilu, travel companies can offer new additional product recommen-dations to their end customers COLOGNE, Germany, 2018-Nov-20 — /Travel PR News/… Read the full press release

SITA’s Automated Border Control Gates make airport journey smooth at Punta Cana International Airport

SITA’s automated immigration technology processes passengers in seconds Punta Cana, 2018-Nov-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ), the busiest airport in the Dominican Republic, is using SITA’s Automated Border Control Gates to automate the border process for passengers from the US and Canada, as well as Spain, UK, and France, as they leave… Read the full press release

SFO, TSA and United Airlines introduce new Automated Screening Lanes ahead of the busy holiday travel season

Advanced screening system offers enhanced security, more efficiency at checkpoint SAN FRANCISCO, CA, 2018-Nov-16 — /Travel PR News/ — The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) jointly with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and United Airlines today (November 14, 2018) unveiled new state-of-the-art checkpoint technology ahead of the busy holiday travel season.  Located in SFO’s Terminal… Read the full press release

TravelClick welcomes NH Hotel Group in its Demand360® program

Continued Rapid Expansion of Demand360® International Data Providers Helps Hotels Gain Their Fair Share of Bookings NEW YORK, NY, 2018-Nov-15 — /Travel PR News/ — TravelClick, an Amadeus company, today (11/14/2018) announced NH Hotel Group, a world-leading urban hotel operator with close to 400 hotels and nearly 60,000 rooms in 30 markets, joined TravelClick’s Demand360® program, a Hotelligence360®… Read the full press release

Aeroflot wins “Transport Industry IT-project of the year” Award at the CNews AWARDS 2018

Moscow, Russia, 2018-Nov-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Aeroflot has received a prestigious award at the CNews AWARDS 2018.  The “Transport Industry IT-project of the year” Award was given to Aeroflot for the successful implementation of the new air service distribution standard NDC developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The NDC (New Distribution Capability)… Read the full press release

Shannon Airport to host the 3rd ITLG Young Innovators Challenge on November 15, 2018

Winning Young Innovators Fly to Silicon Valley for ITLG Internship Programme Shannon, Ireland, 2018-Nov-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Shannon Airport, a hub of aviation innovation for 80 years, will on Thursday next become an ideas center for 1,000 students from across Ireland as they envisage solutions that will shape the country up to 2050…. Read the full press release

Emirates SkyCargo announces milestone of 823,000 shipments monitored and 100+ stations brought under Cargo iQ framework

Over 800,000 shipments monitored and 100+ stations brought under Cargo iQ framework Dubai, UAE, 2018-Nov-14 — /Travel PR News/ — In keeping with its commitment to ‘deliver as promised’ to customers, Emirates SkyCargo has reinforced its service standards using the Cargo iQ framework and achieved a number of significant milestones in the process. The air… Read the full press release

SITA 2018 Air Transport IT Insights: airports are investing in technology to banish waiting in lines and better manage rising passenger numbers

Miami, Florida, 2018-Nov-14 — /Travel PR News/ —As more than 350 airport leaders gather in Miami for the annual ACI-LAC Annual Assembly Conference and Exhibition, global IT provider SITA revealed that airports are investing in technology to banish waiting in lines and better manage rising passenger numbers. Passenger flow management, self-service at every step, and… Read the full press release

SITA enhances its airport operations and passenger flow management solutions with the acquisition of MEXIA Interactive

Acquisition will enhance SITA’s passenger flow and queue management capabilities Geneva, Switzerland, 2018-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA, the world’s leading specialist in air transport communications and IT solutions, today (06 November 2018) announced the acquisition of private company MEXIA Interactive (“MEXIA”), a leading global provider of curb-to-gate passenger analytics for the air transport industry. The… Read the full press release

Air France inaugurates its Digital Factory at its Head Office in Paris

PARIS, France, 2018-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — On November 8, 2018, Air France inaugurated its Digital Factory, located at the heart of the company’s Head Office at Paris-Charles de Gaulle. The Digital Factory is a project launched in December 2017 to accelerate innovation projects, and now has 700 sq. m. of office space with tools,… Read the full press release

UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit highlights on investment in tourism technology

Madrid, Spain, 2018-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — The UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit, held yesterday by World Travel Market and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), was well received by participants from government and the private sector for its more dynamic new format leading to more concrete takeaways around this year’s theme: Investment in Tourism Technology. This year,… Read the full press release

Classic Vacations introduces private, customizable websites for groups traveling together

TRAVEL ADVISORS CAN NOW OFFER PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZABLE EVENT WEBSITES TO THEIR CLIENTS WHEN BOOKING GROUP VACATIONS San Jose, CA, 2018-Nov-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Luxury travel wholesaler Classic Vacations recently introduced another element to their online services catalogue, Travel Together: private, customizable websites for groups traveling together. Travel Advisors can easily enable Custom Group Websites… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways introduces GlobalBeacon; further enhances passenger safety with real-time tracking

All Qatar Airways flights will now benefit from real-time tracking, further enhancing passenger safety The introduction of GlobalBeacon ahead of the ICAO 2018 flight tracking recommended timeline DOHA, Qatar, 2018-Nov-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways is proud to be the launch customer of GlobalBeacon, a key product solution created by FlightAware®and Aireon that… Read the full press release

Southwest Airlines rolls out free movie product across the WiFi-enabled fleet

DALLAS, TX, 2018-Nov-05 — /Travel PR News/ — Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) continues its mission to enhance the Customer Experience. Today (Nov 1, 2018), the carrier announced its switch from a paid movie product to a free movie1* product onboard its Inflight Entertainment Portal for a 100 percent free inflight entertainment experience on WiFi-enabled aircraft. The… Read the full press release

Emirates Skywards members can now book private taxis, executive cars and minibuses in 27 countries and 117 cities through new ground transportation booking app

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Nov-02 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates Skywards has launched an on-demand ground transportation booking app called Emirates Skywards Cabforce in partnership with CarTrawler – the first of its kind in the world. The app is a mobile travel companion that will offer its loyalty members an affordable and efficient transportation service in… Read the full press release

Emirates to launch the world’s first “biometric path” at the airline’s hub in Dubai International airport

Use of biometric technology across multiple points from check-in to boarding is first in the world in terms of its integration across airport stakeholders Advanced stage of implementation with testing programme already “live”, and pilot trials involving passengers to follow In phased development since 2015, the multi-million dollar programme is part of Emirates’ continued investment… Read the full press release

Qatar Airways Cargo the first in the industry to introduce a fully automated mail management system

The cargo carrier is the first in the industry to fully automate its mail management system Descartes Velocity Mail (vMail™) has been fully integrated within the cargo carrier’s management information system CROAMIS DOHA, Qatar, 2018-Oct-31 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Airways Cargo has rolled out an automated mail management system at more than 50… Read the full press release

Emirates set to launch world’s first “biometric path” in Dubai International airport

Use of biometric technology across multiple points from check-in to boarding is first in the world in terms of its integration across airport stakeholders Advanced stage of implementation with testing programme already “live”, and pilot trials involving passengers to follow In phased development since 2015, the multi-million dollar programme is part of Emirates’ continued investment… Read the full press release

TravelClick awarded “Australasia’s Leading Hotel Booking Solutions Provider” by the World Travel Awards

TravelClick Wins “Australasia’s Leading Hotel Booking Solutions Provider” at 2018 Awards NEW YORK, NY, 2018-Oct-30 — /Travel PR News/ — TravelClick, an Amadeus company, today (October 25, 2018) announced that the Company has been awarded “Australasia’s Leading Hotel Booking Solutions Provider” by the World Travel Awards this year. “Winning this prestigious award for our booking engine in… Read the full press release

Airbnb welcomes Aristotle Balogh as its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

San Francisco, USA, 2018-Oct-30 — /Travel PR News/ — At Airbnb, we build technologies to push our mission forward and support guests, hosts, and local communities. For us, technology is a way to empower people and bring them together. Today marks the next step in our journey to use technology to bring end-to-end magical travel experiences… Read the full press release

ATPCO and SITA welcome leading global travel search site Skyscanner to its NDC Exchange platform

Community platform enabling robust airline offer creation continues to see rapid industry adoption Dulles, VA, 2018-Oct-29 — /Travel PR News/ — ATPCO and SITA today (26 October 2018) announced that the leading global travel search site Skyscanner has joined NDC Exchange, a platform that enables content interoperability across the airline distribution ecosystem and is a trusted… Read the full press release

SAS travellers can now enjoy both upgraded lounges with innovative technology features, and new service products at Copenhagen airport

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2018-Oct-29 — /Travel PR News/ — At Copenhagen airport passengers traveling with SAS can now enjoy both upgraded lounges with innovative technology features, and new service products. The new products will make time spent in the airport more efficient and pleasant. Travelers can now beat the effects of jet lag and winter depression with light… Read the full press release

Belgian chocolatier Godiva to launch its first in-store interactive wall display at Hamad International Airport

New concept to delight chocolate lovers at HIA Interactive display is a first of its kind for Godiva DOHA, Qatar, 2018-Oct-29 — /Travel PR News/ — Qatar Duty Free (QDF) has partnered with premium Belgian chocolatier Godiva to launch its first in-store interactive wall display in travel retail designed to appeal to chocolate-loving passengers travelling… Read the full press release