Europe’s airlines opens their eyes to digital innovation as they start to see the light

13 May, 2017

Many of Europe's leading airline groups are acknowledging the importance of establishing dedicated incubator and/or accelerator programmes to innovate in digital technology. Last month IAG announced that it had invested in two new technology companies – Esplorio and Vchain Tech. These are the first two investments under its Hangar 51 accelerator programme in partnership with L Marks, an innovation specialist and early stage investor.

Hawaiian Airlines impressive momentum leads to a brand new look

12 May, 2017

Hawaiian Airlines continues to grow from strength to strength, enjoying an impressive positive unit revenue in the past year and the unveiling of fun new livery, all the while expecting delivery of a large number of new aircraft.

Scoot’s new Sydney schedule improves India-Sydney connections

12 May, 2017

Scoot has implemented a new schedule for three of its weekly Sydney flights, resulting in improved connections to India and its future European destinations.

Airline Leader Summit: IAG hopes data insights can deliver a personal touch to its customers

12 May, 2017

The IAG European airline group believes it is in a strong enough position to start delivering personalised flight and fare offers to its customers thanks to the wealth of data it has collected on over 50 million individual people that flew with its owned airlines last year.

The low down on Turnbull Government 2017/18 Federal Budget

11 May, 2017

The Turnbull Government released its 2017/18 Federal Budget on Tuesday 09-May-2017 with some surprising and some not so surprising inclusions. Tourism and infrastructure was a key component of the budget with the Government outlining the process for funding the Western Sydney Airport, while Tourism Australia took a hit and lost AUD35 million (USD25.7 million).

Air New Zealand takes Premium Economy to the next level, but what about Lounge access?

11 May, 2017

This month the BlueSwan Daily road-tested Air New Zealand’s Premium Economy. And we had plenty of time to do so on the long sector between Auckland and Houston, right in the heart of the US and a key hub of Air NZ’s Star Alliance partner – United.

Airline Leader Summit: Google monopoly is real threat to airline distribution

11 May, 2017

The world’s airlines are facing an increasing threat from Google Flight Search, and the technology giant’s monopoly position across multiple markets which could change the face of travel forever more. “Google Flight Search is bad for the airline industry and bad for travel distribution," says Bobby Healy, chief technology officer at Dublin-based CarTrawler, speaking at this week’s CAPA Airline Leader Summit in the Republic of Ireland city, suggesting that its power could “wipe out” review and metasearch sites, according to CarTrawler’s Bobby Healy.

Video of the Week - Travel Disruptors: What New Approaches & Innovations Are Needed? from the 2017 CAPA Americas Aviation Summit

10 May, 2017

The CAPA Americas Aviation Summit, which occurred in Apr-2017, delivered some of the most incredible discussions from a wide range of expert speakers.

Scoot takes delivery of first long haul aircraft

10 May, 2017

Scoot has taken delivery of its first 787 configured for long haul flights and is using the aircraft on Australia routes ahead of the Jun-2017 launch of services to Athens, its first true long haul route.

Growing connectivity helps drive traffic growth across the Canary Islands

10 May, 2017

A growth in connectivity in and out of the Canary Islands, mainly driven by expansion of low-cost carriers, is helping boost foreign visitor arrivals into the likes of Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Palma, Lanzarote and Tenerife. After what was seen as a strong first quarter where arrivals grew 6.7% year-on-year (+7.5% in January, +6.5% in February and +6.1% in March), foreign visitors grew a massive 18.8% year-on-year in April, with rises across all of the popular holiday islands.

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