Star Alliance announces partnership with Skyscanner

Refresh of staralliance.com features new look and improved functionality for customers Frankfurt, Germany, 2019-Feb-14 — /Travel PR News/ — Star Alliance, the world’s largest airline alliance, has partnered with Skyscanner, the world’s travel search engine, to allow travellers visiting the Star Alliance website to search for flights, view airfares and book them directly with its member… Read the full press release

WTTC and IBMATA partner to enhance border security with biometric technology

LONDON, UK, 2019-Feb-13 — /Travel PR News/ — The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the International Border Management & Technologies Association (IBMATA) announce a partnership to promote safe, secure and seamless travel across international borders making best use of new and emerging technology, while enhancing border security. WTTC represents the global private sector of… Read the full press release

JAL Ground Service invests in innovative gear to support airport personnel

Tokyo, Japan, 2019-Feb-12 — /Travel PR News/ — JAL Ground Service Co., Ltd. (JGS), known for providing airport ground services in Japan and ATOUN Inc., a company known for creating wearable robotic devices, today announced that JGS will purchase and implement the innovative gear to support airport personnel. JGS announced an order for 20 ATOUN MODEL… Read the full press release

British Airways introduces a new section of its ba.com website to help customers manage their bookings, re-booking, refunding or changing their flights

LONDON, UK, 2019-Feb-12 — /Travel PR News/ — As part of its £6.5bn investment for customers, British Airways has launched a new section of its ba.com website to help customers change their bookings and find out more about their consumer rights if their journey doesn’t go to plan. Carrying around 125,000 customers on up to 800… Read the full press release

Shannon Airport rolls out secure global wifi roaming service eduroam

Shannon, Ireland, 2019-Feb-08 — /Travel PR News/ — Shannon Airport has recorded another first after rolling out eduroam – the secure global wifi roaming service for the international research and education community. Over 1 billion authentications happen every year on eduroam, which securely connects students, staff, and researchers around the world to the Internet, enabling them… Read the full press release

oneworld to roll out new app capabilities and alliance-branded and managed airport lounges this year

NEW YORK, NY, 2019-Feb-06 — /Travel PR News/ — oneworld® is making it even easier for travellers to fly across its 1,100-destination global network by harnessing the power and convenience of digital technology and rolling out alliance-branded and managed airport lounges later this year. The alliance’s member airlines will progressively from this year offer the ability,… Read the full press release

Singapore Airlines unveils its new digital innovation lab, KrisLab

Singapore, 2019-Feb-01 — /Travel PR News/ — Singapore Airlines has today (29 January 2019) formally opened its new digital innovation lab, known as KrisLab, as part of the SIA Group’s significant investment programme aimed at making it the world’s leading digital airline. The unveiling of KrisLab is in line with the Airline’s Digital Innovation Blueprint which… Read the full press release

RwandAir extends partnership with Amadeus to support plans of expanding its network and fleet

Kigali, Rwanda, 2019-Feb-01 — /Travel PR News/ — RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, is pleased to announce its expansion through its partnership with Amadeus, a world class passenger service solution, to adopt technology that will allow its customers to benefit from improved efficiency, a better experience and increased convenience. This is in… Read the full press release

2019 Booking.com Technology Playmaker Award finalists announced

NEW YORK, NY, 2019-Jan-30 — /Travel PR News/ — Today (1.29.19), Booking.com announced the finalists for the second edition of the Booking.com Technology Playmaker Awards with the United States leading all other participating countries in award finalists. Introduced in September 2017, the awards are dedicated to recognizing and celebrating women working across the world who are disrupting their fields using technology. The… Read the full press release

IATA to focus on Disrupters and Enablers to Aviation Security at the 2019 AVSEC World Conference, Miami, 26-28 February

Geneva, Switzerland, 2019-Jan-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that “Disrupters and Enablers to Aviation Security” will be the theme for the 2019 AVSEC World Conference (Miami, 26-28 February). “Innovations in security screening technology, passenger processing and risk management have contributed to improvements in aviation security and the customer experience…. Read the full press release

British Airways invites start-ups to join Founders Forum Competition

LONDON, UK, 2019-Jan-26 — /Travel PR News/ — Founders Forum, a global community for digital and technology entrepreneurs, is giving start-ups the chance to pitch their business ideas on the future of air travel.  On June 12, with support from British Airways, a panel of leading investors and CEOs will be 30,000 feet in the sky… Read the full press release

His Highness (HH) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum attends SITA 2019 Kick-off for the Middle East, India and Africa region

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2019-Jan-24 — /Travel PR News/ — His Highness (HH) Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports; President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority; Chairman and CEO of Emirates Group today (23 January 2019) attended the SITA 2019 Kick-off for the Middle East, India and Africa region (MEIA) at the… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels makes planning and booking group travel easier with new online reservation solution

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2019-Jan-24 — /Travel PR News/ — Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is making planning and booking group travel at its hotels easier than ever with the launch of the Group Management Platform, an online reservation solution. Through a new portal on ChoiceHotels.com, guests can seamlessly make reservations for groups, review details at a glance,… Read the full press release

Aviareto, SITA and the Irish Government joint venture, celebrates One million registrations and half a trillion dollars of aircraft assets

One million registrations and half a trillion dollars of aircraft assets Dublin, Ireland, 2019-Jan-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Aviareto, the joint venture between SITA and the Irish Government, is celebrating its one millionth registration of aircraft assets. Aviareto holds the contract with the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to operate the International Registry… Read the full press release

Bristol Airport launches Trip Finder feature on their website

Bristol Airport has become the first airport to launch a Trip Finder feature on their website. Bristol, UK, 2019-Jan-23 — /Travel PR News/ — The innovative feature allows passengers to search for flights using the month or day they want to fly and to filter results by types of holidays – including winter sports and city… Read the full press release

Lufthansa Group announces research collaboration with Hopper on the application of machine learning algorithms and AI to predict flight demand

Research alliance with Hopper, the specialist in price forecasting  The aim is a systematic collaboration on the application of machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence to predict flight demand Lufthansa Innovation Hub supports with the Canadian startup’s entry into the European market COLOGNE, Germany, 2019-Jan-22 — /Travel PR News/ — The Lufthansa Group and the… Read the full press release

Enterprise Holdings to acquire an innovative managed-travel technology platform Deem

ST. LOUIS, Country, 2019-Jan-18 — /Travel PR News/ — Enterprise Holdings today (Jan. 17, 2019) announced its intent to acquire San Francisco-based Deem – an innovative managed-travel technology platform that includes Deem Work Fource and Deem Ground Work, a suite of online booking and travel technology products for business travelers, travel managers, travel-management companies and suppliers. More than 50,000 corporate customers and the… Read the full press release

AAAE’s Airport Innovation Accelerator launches a centralized repository of creative aviation projects

Alexandria, VA, 2019-Jan-17 — /Travel PR News/ — The Airport Innovation Accelerator – established by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) as a hub for innovation across the aviation community – is pleased to announce the launch of the Airport Innovation Index, a centralized repository of creative aviation projects. The Airport Innovation Index compiles unique… Read the full press release

Expedia Partner Solutions President Ariane Gorin shortlisted for the Women in IT Awards

Bellevue, WA, 2019-Jan-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Ariane Gorin, President of Expedia Partner Solutions (EPS) brand, has been shortlisted for the Women in IT Awards in the Business Leader of the Year category. The Business Leader of the Year award will celebrate a female leader of or within a technology company, who has demonstrated outstanding… Read the full press release

All Nippon Airways starts next phase of testing for an autonomous, driverless bus at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

After initial successes, ANA to begin the second phase of autonomous bus testing. Goal is to implement driverless bus technology at Haneda Airport by 2020. TOKYO, JAPAN, 2019-Jan-16 — /Travel PR News/ — All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years, is beginning the second stage of testing for an… Read the full press release

Choice Hotels International moves its infrastructure to AWS

Leading hospitality company migrates to AWS to enhance company’s leadership in innovation using the broadest and deepest portfolio of cloud services SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, 2019-Jan-15 — /Travel PR News/ — Today (January 14, 2019), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is moving its infrastructure to… Read the full press release

The Port Authority of NY and NJ: “AtYourGate” app for direct food delivery launches in Newark Liberty, LaGuardia and JFK

Airports first on East Coast to offer “AtYourGate” app for direct food delivery to gates for originating passengers and those between flights Pilot project makes service available at two EWR terminals, one terminal each at LGA and JFK; expansion to follow if pilot is successful Part of comprehensive Port Authority effort to improve airport customer… Read the full press release

Avis Budget Group to equip 50,000 vehicles with Continental’s enhanced Key as a Service (KaaS) technology

Strengthens Avis Budget Group’s resolve to achieve full fleet connectivity Expands secure and seamless vehicle access to more markets in the United States; introduces service in Europe PARSIPPANY, N.J. and SAN JOSE, Calif., 2019-Jan-11 — /Travel PR News/ — Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAR) and Continental today ( Jan. 07, 2019) announced that they have expanded their partnership…. Read the full press release

Norwegian upgrades passenger experience for long-haul customers with the introduction of inflight Wi-Fi

Airline begins rollout of Wi-Fi connectivity on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and 737 MAX fleet Free Wi-Fi for full duration of long-haul flights and high-speed option fast enough to stream movies Rollout of Wi-Fi to be completed on more than 50 percent of Dreamliner fleet by 2020 LONDON, UK, 2019-Jan-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Norwegian is… Read the full press release

Hyatt collaborates with Google to pilot a new Google Assistant capability – Interpreter Mode

Hyatt to test new translation feature to benefit the hospitality industry CHICAGO, IL, 2019-Jan-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today (January 8, 2019) announced that Hyatt is collaborating with Google to pilot a new capability of the Google Assistant – Interpreter Mode. With this feature, users are able to receive translations for… Read the full press release

Hyatt invites ethical hackers to test Hyatt websites and mobile apps for potential vulnerabilities through its public bug bounty program with HackerOne

Adds an additional layer to Hyatt’s cyber security strategy CHICAGO, IL, 2019-Jan-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today (January 9, 2019) announced the launch of a public bug bounty program with HackerOne in which ethical hackers are invited to test Hyatt websites and mobile apps for potential vulnerabilities and securely disclose them to Hyatt…. Read the full press release

International Air Transport Association completes first “IATA Pay” ticket purchase transaction in a live test environment

Geneva, Switzerland, 2019-Jan-10 — /Travel PR News/ — The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced the successful completion of the first “IATA Pay” ticket purchase transaction in a live test environment. The transaction was conducted in partnership with ipagoo, a UK-based fintech company. IATA Pay is an industry-supported initiative to develop a new payment option for… Read the full press release

Booking.com reveals the most welcoming places on Earth according to customer reviews

NEW YORK, NY, 2019-Jan-10 — /Travel PR News/ — Today (January 8, 2019) Booking.com is honoring its accommodation partners that consistently deliver great guest experiences with a 2018 Guest Review Award. For the seventh annual edition of the awards, 759,845 properties in total across 219 countries and territories are being given an award, with the top… Read the full press release

Emirates introduces Hub Monitor application to significantly reduce delays at its Dubai hub

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Dec-21 — /Travel PR News/ — Emirates passengers travelling from or transiting through Dubai International Airport (DXB) can expect fewer instances of delays associated with aircraft turnaround thanks to a new innovative application built in-house by Emirates called the Hub Monitor. Hub Monitor is being used by Emirates’ operational staff in Dubai to… Read the full press release

Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech launches a pop-up restaurant with Le Petit Chef interactive technology and gourmet cuisine experience

Hong Kong, 2018-Dec-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech will launch a deliciously entertaining pop-up restaurant with Le Petit Chef, a one-of-a-kind interactive technology and gourmet cuisine experience, from 17 January to 4 May 2019. Guests can take full advantage of this culinary journey by booking the Petit Chef package which includes luxurious accommodation, airport… Read the full press release