Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Turkish Airlines offers Super Bowl viewing through connectivity

Turkish Airlines passengers will be able to watch the Super Bowl, the final game of the National Football League, live February 5 on all flights with an Internet connection.

“We are excited to offer American football experience with Super Bowl to our passengers at thousands of feet of elevation, and also debut our new commercial video on this broadcast,” said Turkish Airlines' Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmustur, in today’s announcement.

Turkish Airlines offers in-flight entertainment service through its Planet system which in 23 languages including more than 800 TV shows, over 700 music albums, seven in-flight live TV broadcasts. The airline distributes Samsung Galaxy S2 tablets in Business Class for flights taking more than 2.5 hours and Denon headphones in all long-haul flights.

Friday, January 6, 2017

China Southern leads search for next inflight food innovation

China Southern Airlines, is hosting a #ChinaSouthernFoodies social media contest to find the next inflight food sensation.

Professional or home cooks, foodies and flyers across the world are encouraged to enter their own original recipe via social media. A number of entries will be chosen to compete in the final taste-testing event at BREAD® restaurant January 26 at the Nolitan Hotel in New York. 

The restaurant chefs will convert the winning entries into airline-friendly options to be tasted and voted on. "This is a very modern project so we love being part of it," says Lia Comandatore, Owner of Bread®. "We are looking to open Bread® in China, so this partnership looks like destiny."

China Southern Airlines has partnered with Nik Loukas and James Mellor of The Inflight Food Trip documentary. They are highlighting not just airlines but also the cabin crews, caterers and general public that have experience or interactions with inflight meals. 

"This is something that has never been done before. By inviting the general public, China Southern Airlines will substantially upgrade the transparency surrounding airline food, where all decisions are typically made behind closed doors,” says Loukas in the announcement of the contest.

China Southern has partnered with headset manafucturer Sennheiser for the event. Attendees of the event will enter the taste-testing wearing Sennheiser headphones, creating a realistic and immersive experience for the taste-testers.

"China Southern Airlines started this campaign to directly engage with travelers and learn more about local flavors. Partnering with these companies for this event will allow us to provide a better inflight experience," says Kevin Hou, General Manager at China Southern Airlines New York.

3G connectivity spurs usage, says AeroMobile

Since launching 3G inflight connectivity one year ago, AeroMobile reports it has seen a 160% increase in inflight data usage year on year.

More than half of the company partners are connected to the company’s 3G network. 
In addition to the increase in data usage, AeroMobile says there has been a 22% increase in inflight users and a 14% increase in sent SMS.

“Whether tweeting, texting, emailing, calling or messaging, passengers are staying connected to the world on the ground while on their travels,” said a release from the company.
The company’s 3G connectivity is now available on flights to 55 country destinations with USA, Australia and Ireland topping the 3G-inflight data usage.

AeroMobile recorded its first inflight phone call in 2008 and was the first to launch 3G inflight in December 2015. The AeroMobile service allows passengers to use their own mobile devices to call, text and browse the Internet inflight, and now has over 340 roaming agreements in more than 145 countries.

“It wasn’t long ago that most travelers were unaware of inflight connectivity. Since launching 3G a year ago we’ve seen a significant increase in awareness and usage of our inflight network as passengers can now access more services using their mobile phone. It’s now becoming the norm to tweet from a plane or pick up that important email and we’re proud to continue to lead the way for inflight connectivity,” said Kevin Rogers, CEO of AeroMobile.