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

EWR, JFK, LGA & SWF now provide passengers with free, unlimited access to high-speed Wi-Fi

High-speed Wi-Fi allows passengers to easily stream, download and browse internet throughout airports during unlimited free sessions Part of agency’s commitment to best-in-class customer service offers seamless, high-speed experience at all Port Authority airports at time of record passenger volumes New York, NY, 2018-Oct-26 — /Travel PR News/ — In a major improvement from past… Read the full press release

Zero emission fuel cell electric double-deck bus launched at Gatwick’s Annual Transport Forum

Fuel cell electric bus trial to be run on Metrobus Fastway service 100 Airport has increased its financial support for local buses so that services can run during early mornings, evenings and weekend Gatwick’s staff car-pooling service saves 20,025 vehicle miles, 7,009g of NOx and 8,230kg of CO2 since launching just two months ago GATWICK,… Read the full press release

Singapore Airlines launches KrisConnect Programme to make information and functionalities on its digital platforms more readily available to partners

Singapore, 2018-Oct-23 — /Travel PR News/ — Singapore Airlines (SIA) today announced the launch of its KrisConnect Programme, an initiative to make information and functionalities on SIA’s digital platforms more readily available to partners, enhancing the overall customer experience. The KrisConnect Programme makes use of Application Program Interfaces (API) technology such as those from IATA’s New… Read the full press release

Norwegian expands cooperation with AVTECH Sweden AB to further reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

LONDON, UK, 2018-Oct-22 — /Travel PR News/ — Following a successful test project, Norwegian will expand its cooperation with AVTECH Sweden AB to further reduce fuel consumption. A report by the Swedish Energy Agency, which partly financed the project, shows that fuel consumption was reduced by 22 kilos per flight. This equals an annual CO2… Read the full press release

Boeing announced service enhancements to its integrated digital solutions portfolio at MRO Europe

Enhanced capabilities enable better, faster decision-making based on real-time data, powered by Boeing AnalytX Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2018-Oct-19 — /Travel PR News/ — At MRO Europe today (Oct. 16, 2018), Boeing [NYSE: BA] announced service enhancements to its integrated digital solutions portfolio that enable better, faster operational decision-making for customers. The announcement comes alongside a series of… Read the full press release

Zabeel House by Jumeirah hotels introduces flexible check-in and out at any time, any day of the week

Dubai, UAE, 2018-Oct-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Did you ever walk into a lobby of a hotel tired from a long flight and approach a front desk-clerk who disdainfully reminds you of the standard check-in time that they can’t change? Well now, at the Zabeel House by Jumeirah hotels, you have the flexibility to check-in and out… Read the full press release

flydubai Engineering Maintenance System integrates with FedEx Web Services

Designed to enhance air waybill generation and the digitalisation of documents Launched with Swiss Aviation Software Ltd., flydubai’s Engineering Maintenance System Designed to enhance air waybill generation and the digitalisation of documents Dubai UAE, 2018-Oct-19 — /Travel PR News/ — Dubai-based airline flydubai and Swiss Aviation Software (Swiss-AS) have integrated the flydubai Engineering Maintenance System… Read the full press release

SITA to deploy further 15 Scan&Fly units at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2

SITA Scan&Fly halves baggage processing and cuts check-in wait times for AirAsia passengers Singapore, 2018-Oct-18 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA today (16 October 2018) announced that it will deploy a further 15 Scan&Fly units at Kuala Lumpur International Airport Terminal 2 (klia2), following the successful implementation of 15 units earlier this year. Baggage processing time has… Read the full press release

Boeing strengthens its Global Services’ offerings with the integration of Flightdocs Enterprise platform

Companies sign MOU to integrate Flightdocs Enterprise platform with Boeing Global Services’ offerings from Aviall, Inventory Locator Services and Jeppesen Together, partners will offer enhanced, cloud-based aviation maintenance, compliance and inventory management solutions for business and general aviation operators. ORLANDO, Fla., 2018-Oct-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Flightdocs have entered into a… Read the full press release

Moscow Domodedovo Airport and S7 Airlines have implement SITA’s Scan&Fly self-bag drop technology

SITA’s Scan&Fly allows passengers to check-in their bags in under a minute Moscow, Russia, 2018-Oct-16 — /Travel PR News/ — Moscow Domodedovo Airport and S7 Airlines have implemented SITA’s Scan&Fly self-bag drop technology, providing passengers with a faster, more efficient process to check-in their own bags. The process takes less than a minute. The technology was developed by… Read the full press release

ATPCO & SITA see exponential growth ahead for NDC Exchange

ATPCO & SITA see exponential growth ahead for joint exchange leveraging IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) Dulles, VA, 2018-Oct-13 — /Travel PR News/ — ATPCO and SITA today (09 October 2018) announced that British Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, the airlines of the LATAM Group, and Finnair will participate in NDC Exchange, a platform that… Read the full press release

Indonesia’s busiest airports to take advantage of SITA’s world-class technology

World leader in airport technology continues partnership with PT Angkasa Pura Supports, subsidiary company of PT Angkasa Pura I (Persero) Mangupura, Bali, 2018-Oct-13 — /Travel PR News/ — As world leaders gather in Bali for the IMF-World Bank Group meetings, PT Angkasa Pura I Persero (AP1), which operates 13 airports across Central and Eastern Indonesia,… Read the full press release

Amadeus acquires TravelClick for USD $1.52bn from Thoma Bravo

USD $1.52bn cash transaction expands Amadeus’ presence in the hospitality sector with mid-sized chains and independent hotels   Around 1,100 employees to join Amadeus Francisco Peréz-Lozao to lead enlarged Hospitality customer unit at Amadeus  Transaction receives all necessary regulatory approvals  MADRID, SPAIN, 2018-Oct-09 — /Travel PR News/ — Amadeus today (10/4/2018) announces that it has completed the… Read the full press release

George Best Belfast City Airport’s new security lanes slashed average passenger processing time to only 6 minutes

BELFAST, Northern Ireland, 2018-Oct-08 — /Travel PR News/ — A new security search system and equipment at George Best Belfast City Airport has slashed average passenger processing time to only 6 minutes. The £1.5 million investment has seen the complete refurbishment of the security search area, with the introduction of new security lanes which can process… Read the full press release

Oman adopts IATA’s electronic airway bill (e-AWB) standard as contract of carriage for international airfreight shipments

MUSCAT, Oman, 2018-Oct-03 — /Travel PR News/ — In-line with the Government plans to implement international best practices in business, Oman has adopted the International Air Transport Association’s electronic airway bill (e-AWB) standard in replacement of the paper airway bill – the contract of carriage for international airfreight shipments. The introduction of the e-AWB standard in… Read the full press release

SITA and Wipro to deliver airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) solution for Toronto Pearson International Airport

Project will facilitate the first-ever deployment of Airport Collaborative Decision Making (A-CDM) in North America Toronto, Canada, 2018-Oct-02 — /Travel PR News/ — SITA, the air transport industry’s technology provider, today (01 October 2018) announced that it is delivering an airport collaborative decision making (A-CDM) solution for Toronto Pearson International Airport, in partnership with Wipro Limited, a… Read the full press release

Air France customers to exclusively test the products and services of 10 French start-ups

Air France customers will be able to exclusively test the innovative products and services of 10 French start-ups In the Air France lounge from October 1 to 12, 2018; And on frenchtech.airfrance.com from October 1 to 31, 2018. PARIS, France, 2018-Oct-02 — /Travel PR News/ — In October 2018, to help French Tech get off… Read the full press release

dnata announces its busiest summer ever

Growth across its business divisions illustrates healthy travel demand, and dnata’s ability to attract and serve customers with quality products and services Dubai, UAE, 2018-Oct-02 — /Travel PR News/ — dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, has completed its busiest summer ever, marking outstanding growth all across its global operations. Providing quality and… Read the full press release

SITA: Airlines and airports are investing to deliver secure and easy travel for passengers, with biometric technology a key priority

SITA CEO says collaboration is key to deliver secure and easy travel Budapest, Hungary, 2018-Oct-01 — /Travel PR News/ — Airlines and airports are investing to deliver secure and easy travel for passengers, with biometric technology a key priority. This is according to research released today by global IT provider SITA. The SITA 2018 Air Transport IT… Read the full press release

Wizz Air introduces SITA WorldTracer® to speed up the repatriation of mishandled bags to passengers

WorldTracer remains the most widely used system to track mishandled bags globally.  Budapest, Hungary, 2018-Oct-01 — /Travel PR News/ — In a commitment to improve baggage services, Wizz Air, the fastest growing airline in Europe and the leading low cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, has introduced SITA WorldTracer® to speed up the repatriation of mishandled… Read the full press release