Tag Archives: aviation

Best airline product and service innovations of 2013

Every year, Airlinetrends.com puts out a report of their top product and service innovations from airlines around the country. Their choices this year reflect how airlines have adapted and come up with creative solutions using combinations of technology, social fashions and economic trends focused on improving passenger experiences, increasing revenue and lowering costs. From in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers. 

1. Airlines let flyers download content to their personal device before the flight

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of Brisan via Flickr

With the increasing number of passengers using personal devices onboard, airlines are moving forward with the use of inflight Wi-Fi and wireless IFE (Inflight Entertainment) portals. You can also look forward to access to IFE content via dedicated apps for your smart device before takeoff or through the airline lounge Wi-Fi network.

 

 

2. AirBaltic lets passengers customize their buy-on-board meal

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of arne meyer via Flickr

AirBaltic is making some creative changes to online food ordering. Now you can customize your inflight meal order. Passengers who pre-order their inflight meals have over 70 different meal options to choose from. With the new system you can use the touch screen device to drag and drop your preferred meal choices onto a digital tray, then sit back and your customized meal will be served to you on board

 

 

 

 

3. British Airways to trial electronic baggage tag

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of happyrelm via Flickr

British Airways is doing away with traditional paper tags for passengers’ bags. The airline has begun testing a new electronic baggage tag, eliminating the need for a new tag each time you fly. With this new technology, you can update the electronic suitcase tag to show your flight information by simply scanning the tag with your smartphone after you check in.

 

 

 

 

4. Norwegian’s new Dreamliner features geotainment and in-seat ordering of food and beverage

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of C.Bry@nt via Flickr

Norwegian Airlines new Dreamliners will be the first aircraft to feature Panasonic’s new Android powered in seat IFE system. A new “geotainment” flight map and in seat food and drink ordering will be available on some pre-loaded android apps for travelers to use in flight. The map allows you to follow your flight path throughout the trip and choose from interactive 3D views, a “heads up display”, or use a free roam mode to view and interact with the passing landscapes.

 

 

 

 

5. Delta provides cabin crew with Nokia Lumia “onboard retail” smartphones

rom in-airport entertainment to electronic baggage tags to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airlines and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of pchow98 via Flickr

In keeping with upcoming trends, Delta airlines is adopting an American Airlines innovation. Just as American has provided its crews with Samsung handheld devices, Delta is equipping 19,000 flight attendants with a Windows 8 Nokia Lumia 820 smartphone for advanced onboard service and sales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Innovation at Bags

Here at Bags, we are also working hard to provide you with the best travel experience possible. Major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts trust Bags’ agents to handle their customers’ luggage every day – more than 5 million bags a year! Bags VIP works hard to earn customers’ trust, providing you with unprecedented service and peace of mind.

5 things to watch in airline industry in 2014

2014 is shaping up to be a big year in the airline industry. With big mergers, fewer restrictions and record profits, airlines will be getting a lot of attention this year. Here are some of the big things to watch for in the airline industry for 2014. From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

The Wright Amendment

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of artwitsyl via Flickr

Wright Amendment of 1979 is a federal law governing traffic at Dallas Love Field, an airport in Dallas, Texas, USA. For the last 35 years it has restricted flights from Love Field to several nearby states. However on October 14th of this year, the last of the restrictions under the Wright Amendment will be null and void. This will likely alter the flight schedules of larger airlines, like Southwest who use the Love Field airport, allowing them to make long haul trips to destinations such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. We will also likely see changes in fares as the airlines compete for business at the surrounding airports.

American Merger

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of Patcard via Flickr

On December 9 of last year American Airlines and US Airways officially merged to form American Airlines Group — the world’s largest airline. The Group has begun sharing codes across business segments, allowing their passengers to book flights on either airline. They have also given members of club and benefit programs reciprocal rights, allowed frequent flier program miles to be honored across the airlines, and have begun training for customer facing employees. The majority of technology integration is expected to come in 2015, but the airlines new leadership will need to tackle thousands of policies and processes this year.

New leader at DFW

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of Txspiked via Flickr

In 2014, DFW airport will be getting a new leader. After 19 years Jeff Fegan’s position will be filled by former Virgin Australia executive Sean Donohue. Donohue took over the top spot in late October and hasn’t made any significant changes yet. However 2014 is a new year. Donohue faces new competition from Love Field as the Wright Amendment ends and will to keep costs down on the airports $2.3 billion terminal renovation project.

 

 

 

Cellphones on planes

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of sam_churchill via Flickr

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is ready to repeal their ban on cell phone use in flight. However, some carriers, including Delta and Southwest airlines have announced that they will still not allow calls while in the air. Be sure to watch out to see how the federal laws and carrier policies battle for control.

 

Airline profits

From cell phone usage on planes to route changes to skipping the hassles of shipping luggage by using Bags VIP luggage delivery, airports and Bags Inc. are striving to make travel easier for air passengers.

Image courtesy of alan madrid via Flickr

The airline industry has seen a good last few years, and 2014 looks to be even better. The International Air Transport Association said it expects global airlines to earn a net profit of $19.7 billion in 2014 on revenue of $743 billion. This would be the largest profit from the airline industry ever. The large revenues are largely related to an increasing passenger demand, increasing 5 to 6 percent, which in return boosts the airline profits from ancillary fees.

Baggage fees or no baggage fees? Do flyers want to ship luggage?

Flyers are open to paying for services. Bags VIP is a smart alternative than paying to ship luggage.

Image courtesy of Canadian Pacific via Flickr

Most people know that airlines make their real money in ancillary fees; those extra charges, like bag fees and seat selection charges that we all hate. In fact, a recent industry report suggests that North American carriers collected $17.2 billion in ancillary revenue last year. But is the revenue stream worth the stream of complaints and criticisms from customers? A survey from fly.com sheds some light on what fliers really hate being charged for, and for which services (including if they want to ship luggage) they would be willing to shell out more.

Fly.com questioned 613 U.S. travelers. 89% voiced the opinion that it is important airlines stop charging passengers for checked baggage. However, of the same travelers surveyed, 42% said they would pay extra for a reserved overhead storage bin on the plane. Reserved overhead storage was only one of a host of other services or upgrades travelers say they would be willing to pay more for, especially in lieu of baggage fees. It seems that in most cases, customers would pay an extra charge for services that improve the comfort and/or efficiency of travel. For instance:

45% would pay for extra leg room

36% would buy a security fast pass at the airport

34% would dish out to prevent the seat in front of them from reclining

26% would pay to have an empty middle seat next to them

Is it possible that charges for these kinds of services would make up for what would be lost if the airlines were to discontinue baggage fees? This may be an important consideration for airlines if they want to retain the business of the frugal traveler. Said best by Warren Chang, vice president and GM of Fly.com “While lucrative, it is important that airlines balance profit against the needs and interests of their passengers.  Our latest survey reveals the type of ancillary opportunities that can bolster passenger satisfaction, while also delivering new revenue streams to the airline industry.”

The survey results also reported that 35% of people would pay to have their checked luggage come out first at baggage claim. Why not make it even easier? With Bags VIP luggage delivery, you can bypass baggage claim and begin making the most of your vacation or business trip right away, without the burden of luggage. Major airlines, cruise lines and world-famous resorts trust Bags to handle their customers’ luggage every day – more than 5 million bags each year! Now, you can Make Travel Easier and more enjoyable by having a Bags VIP agent retrieve your luggage from baggage claim when you arrive and deliver it to your hotel, home or office.

Happy 100, Commercial Aviation!

An American Airlines 767 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

An American Airlines 767 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the first commercial flight. Back in 1914, the 23-minute flight from Tampa to St. Petersburg, Florida, had just one passenger. The St. Petersburg-Tampa Airboat Line flew that route, and 1204 passengers, over three months before closing its doors forever.

In just one hundred years, commercial aviation has changed the way we live, travel, work, and connect with one another. In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, Tony Tyler, the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) director-general and chief executive, said, “Today the aviation industry re-unites loved ones, connects cultures, expands minds, opens markets, and fosters development. Aviation provides people around the globe with the freedom to make connections that can change their lives and the world.”

{Follow or join our “Up in the Air” group Pinterest board and share your best pics taken from the skies!}
Follow Bags Inc’s board >> Up in the Air on Pinterest.

In 2013 total passenger numbers were 3.1 billion—surpassing the 3 billion mark for the first time ever. That number is expected to grow to 3.3 billion in 2014 (equivalent to 44% of the world’s population). About 50 million tons of cargo is transported by air each year (about 140,000 tons daily). The annual value of these goods is some $6.4 trillion—or 35% of the value of goods traded internationally.

Aviation supports over 57 million jobs and generates $2.2 trillion in economic activity. The industry’s direct economic contribution of around $540 billion would, if translated into the GDP ranking of countries, place the industry in 19th position. Global airline industry turnover is expected to be $743 billion in 2014, with an average industry profit margin of 2.6%.

We’re proud to be a part of an industry that is 100 years young and continues to grow by leaps and bounds each year. Interested in learning more about the 100th anniversary of commercial aviation? Check out flying100years.com and follow #flying100 below.


The Future by Airbus

Airbus_Concept_Plane

Image courtesy of Airbus

What will air transport look like in the year 2050? A recent report titled “The Future by Airbus” may have the answers.

While celebrating its own four decades of innovation, Airbus is imagining what air travel will look like 40 years from now while recommending steps to ensure that air transport remains one of the safest, most efficient forms of travel.

The report contains recommendations that would significantly reduce waste in the air transportation system, resulting in a reduction in travel time, fuel consumption, and CO2 emissions.

Here is a brief synopsis of the five-part recommendation for more efficient air travel. For a more comprehensive overview, visit Smarter Skies.

1. Eco-climb

An aircraft draws on its power reserves more during takeoff than at any other time, and requires comparatively little fuel while maintaining cruising altitude. Therefore, if reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions is the goal, then the logical place to start is with takeoff.

The recommendation: assisted takeoffs. The energy required for takeoff could be sourced to a mechanism on the runway itself. Aircraft could be maneuvered onto the track and assisted via some mechanism of propelled acceleration (electro-magnetic motors are suggested). Planes could then be constructed lighter, engines made smaller, and fuel consumption reduced.

2. Express skyways

Currently, international and domestic travel is facilitated across disparate air service providers and results in inefficient, circuitous flight paths, leading to wasted time and wasted fuel. However, studies conducted by Airbus, in collaboration with Bristol, Cape Town, and Stanford University, suggest that new systems of “cooperative flight” (based on the reduction in drag achieved by birds flying in V-formation) and updated air corridors could result in fuel savings of 10-12 percent and a reduction in emissions of up to 25 percent.

3. Free-glide approaches and landings

This idea is probably simpler in concept than in execution: in place of the current landing procedure consisting of staged descents and instances of circling in congested airspace while waiting for a landing spot, both requiring the use of fuel, aircraft could enter a free-glide descent made possible with better air traffic management and a landing system consisting of the same renewably-powered system used for eco-climb takeoffs. 

4. Ground operations

Reduced engine taxiing, which, According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), could reduce up to six million tons of CO2 emissions each year, is the goal of implementing technologically enhanced ground operations. This would be accomplished via autonomous receiving vehicles, powered with stored energy, that could direct and carry aircraft so that engines can be turned off sooner.

5. Power

Aviation currently represents 2 percent of total manmade CO2 emissions, and while emissions have been cut over the last 40 years by more than 70 percent, alternative fuel sources are required to ensure long term sustainability. Potential alternatives include electricity, hydrogen, solar, and biomass energy sources.

__________________________________________________________________________________

In addition to the five “smarter skies” recommendations, Airbus also has worked out plans for The concept plane, featuring radical redesigns of aircraft architecture and engineering including the use of “intelligent materials” and virtual reality technology inside the cabin.

This leads to the obvious question, is any of this possible? It’s easy to say no, but keep this in mind: If you were to go back in time forty years ago to explain the concept of mobile internet technology, people would question either your honesty, your sanity, or your intelligence. Are we in a similar situation with Smarter Skies and The Concept Plane?

 

Bags Inc. Welcomes US Airways to the Bags VIP Luggage Delivery Family

Image courtesy US Airways.

Bags Inc., the world leader in luggage delivery and multi-airline remote check-in services, added another airline to the growing list of clients now offering the Bags VIP luggage delivery service. US Airways is the third major US carrier to offer the service directly to their customers.

US_Airways_left_tail

Bags Inc. Welcomes US Airways to the Bags VIP Luggage

Please see the full press release Bags Inc. Welcomes US Airways to the Bags VIP Luggage Delivery Family for more information.

Images courtesy US Airways.