31 May 2017

JetBlue Airways passengers flying from Boston to Aruba can participate in a test of a self-boarding process using facial recognition technology. Participation is voluntary, and no prior enrollment or registration is required. If the test is successful, it will show how security can be enhanced at the same time…

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31 May 2017

The Department of Homeland Security announced that Secretary John Kelly did not make an announcement regarding “a much-discussed expansion” of the so-called laptop ban. The no-announcement announcement followed a telephone call with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc. Press Secretary Dave Lapan said Secretary…

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31 May 2017

Digital transformation and innovation are buzzwords bandied around frequently at travel conferences, but hip-hop and Domino’s Pizzas are very much at the long-tail. At the OpenJaw Summit in Dublin last week, attendees listened to Dr David Rogers from Columbia University share his take on the theory and practice of…

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30 May 2017

Travellers today have access to all the information they need on the go. A tap, swipe or fingerprint is all that stands between your consumer and the experiences you offer as a travel provider. NB This is a viewpoint by Thomas Helldorff, VP Airline & Travel at Worldpay. There…

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30 May 2017

Discussion of technology standards often makes for a lot of hot air at airline industry events. Who should set them, who will adopt them, will they be adopted by the book, who will pay and, so on… A slightly more refreshing take was offered at the recent Air Transport…

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30 May 2017

Anari, a UK-based airline intel software provider, has emerged as the latest target for the newly formed Accelya aviation IT brand. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Accelya was merged with Mercator, the former-airline IT unit of Emirates, in February this year. Private equity firm Warburg Pinkus brokered the…

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30 May 2017

Ryanair’s 2017 results prepare the ground for a post-Brexit headwind which could hit any airline operating between the UK and Europe – and by extension unsettling the entire distribution ecosystem including OTAs, metas, high street agents, TMCs and others. It believes that if, as part of the Brexit negotiations,…

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26 May 2017

Reaction to the introduction by British Airways of a surcharge on tickets sold on non-NDC systems has been less hysterical than some might have anticipated. When Lufthansa shocked many in the industry two years ago with its fee on every GDS booking there was mild contempt for the move from some…

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26 May 2017

British Airways and sister carrier Iberia are to levy a £8 fee on every fare booked on systems not using an NDC-led connection. The surcharge will come into force from November this year, the pair told agencies in a letter today (Friday), covering fares in all cabins and classes….

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26 May 2017

OpenJaw Technology has moved its t-Retail platform to Amazon AWS and introduced a range of new features including a booking engine and a marketing tool, all with a China focus. CEO Kieran Branagan launched the new “t-Retail Cloud” at its travel summit in Dublin this week. He  said the…

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