Airline Innovation Coverage

Amadeus Finds Growth in Businesses Outside of Distribution

Amadeus Finds Growth in Businesses Outside of Distribution

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus deserves credit for making strides in reducing its dependence on its original core business of airline distribution. Few companies in any industry succeed in diversifying. But work remains to be done. Plus, the company may not be doing enough to capture Asia's potential as a market.

3 weeks ago

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How Airlines Can Use Flexible Technology to Differentiate Their Brand

How Airlines Can Use Flexible Technology to Differentiate Their Brand

Sabre + Skift

Flexible technology is often confused with built-to-order technology. What the airline industry needs today to meet customer expectations is much more robust than that — it needs a way to implement solutions that allow them to use the best technological offering for each specific task.

4 weeks ago

Air France May Face Trial Over 2009 Crash That Killed 228

Air France May Face Trial Over 2009 Crash That Killed 228

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press

Air France may stand trial in the 2009 crash of a flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris that killed all 228 people aboard. The airline has maintained that the flight crew was properly trained and that the aircraft systems were functioning according to the standard at the time.

1 month ago

Travel Industry to Expand Biometrics Tech to Speed Traveler Identification

Travel Industry to Expand Biometrics Tech to Speed Traveler Identification

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

Airlines and other travel companies have been testing more than 50 systems for so-called biometric identification technologies, such as faceprint scans. But the industry needs to agree on standards for collecting, tracking, exchanging, and protecting travelers' data to speed everyone's journeys.

2 months ago

The Biggest Airline Innovation of This Century

The Biggest Airline Innovation of This Century

Madhu Unnikrishnan, Skift

Airlines have innovated a lot since Skift Airline Weekly's launch in June 2004, but there's one innovation that we think radically changed the industry.

2 months ago

Amadeus Backs Startup Volantio to Help Airlines Manage Overbooked Flights

Amadeus Backs Startup Volantio to Help Airlines Manage Overbooked Flights

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Props to Volantio, which won the Air Pitch startup competition at Skift Global Forum last year, for now getting investment and sales support from Amadeus.

3 months ago

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz

AirAsia Wants to Build an E-Commerce App That Will Overtake Its Airline Biz

Elffie Chew and Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

At Skift Forum Asia, AirAsia's deputy CEO said she was confident that becoming an online travel reseller was "very doable." The largest budget carrier in Asia certainly has the data and innovativeness to pull it off. But skepticism abounds among industry vets.

3 months ago

American CEO Doug Parker Is Cautiously Optimistic About the Boeing Max

American CEO Doug Parker Is Cautiously Optimistic About the Boeing Max

Brendan Case, Bloomberg

Both caution and optimism are in order regarding Boeing's fixes to its Max 737 aircraft. American's CEO is one of the first airline execs to talk openly about passenger anxieties when the Max is given the green light to fly again.

3 months ago

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Wow Air’s Shutdown Prompts Recession Fears in Iceland

Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Bloomberg

Iceland's tourism growth had seemed unstoppable. But as Skift has said for years, every geopolitical upheaval today can be traced back to the travel sector in some way. Policy planners need to adequately account for it.

3 months ago

American Airlines Asks Court to Stop Disruptive Slowdown by Mechanics

American Airlines Asks Court to Stop Disruptive Slowdown by Mechanics

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

American Airlines is accusing its mechanics and their unions of conducting an illegal work slowdown to gain leverage in contract talks. The whole industry will be watching how a judge rules in the matter.

3 months ago

SAS Scraps Most of Its Flights Due to Pilots Strike

SAS Scraps Most of Its Flights Due to Pilots Strike

Anna Molin, Bloomberg

As many as 170,000 passengers may be affected through Sunday because of a pilots strike at Scandinavian carrier SAS. Across the globe, a pilots shortage in most markets is strengthening the hand of labor in contract talks.

4 months ago

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Volantio and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance Take Collaboration To New Heights

Volantio and the Accenture Amadeus Alliance Take Collaboration To New Heights

Accenture Amadeus Alliance + Skift

The Accenture Amadeus Alliance, the startup Volantio, and Amadeus’ airline partners are collaborating to tackle some of the most pressing challenges faced by the global airline industry.

4 months ago