Inflight Dublin teams up with Travel Service for IFE roll-out

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Travel Service, the biggest Czech air carrier, is rolling out Inflight Dublin’s Everhub in-flight entertainment service under its SmartWings brand.
In October 2017 Travel Service agreed to increase its stake in the national flag carrier CSA Czech Airlines, from 44% to almost 98%.
Travel Service Group currently has a fleet of 34 Boeing 737s, and CSA an 18-strong fleet. However the Group plans to operate a fleet of 70-80 aircraft. Using Everhub SmartWings passengers in Czechia, France, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, France will soon enjoy streaming content on the airline’s complete fleet.
In the initial phase, Inflight Dublin will be offering the latest content, including movies, TV, audio, games, magazines and newspapers, provided in different languages. The second phase will include the roll-out of the extended service offering beyond content such as destination services, ground transportation services and retail services.
Peter Sujan, Travel Service’s sales director, said, “This revolutionary wireless IFE system comes at the right time for Travel Service,  who are dedicated to boosting passenger experience to the new level. We are delighted that Travel Service is one of the first Central European airlines that offers this service to its passengers. I believe that this novelty will make the flight more enjoyable to our passengers.”
John White, Inflight Dublin’s CEO, added, “This is our first Everhub partnership in the Central Europe and we couldn’t be more excited! Travel Service’s continuous dedication to elevating passenger experience sits accordingly with our strategic vision on bringing IFE to every airborne passenger.”


JAL offers SkyLights VR to VIP guests

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A delegation of VIP guests travelling between Japan, India and Sri Lanka from 21 to 27 January on Japan Airlines  had the opportunity to test SkyLights’ Cinematic VR Entertainment.

The airline selected SkyLight’s solution to demonstrate innovation and gauge the potential of virtual reality as in-flight entertainment.

Through the SkyLights headsets, the 50 VIP passengers were given the opportunity to choose from over 30 titles, including 180°/360° VR videos, 3D and 2D feature films and documentaries.

“We are delighted to take our first real step into the Asian market with an innovative airline of world-class standard. JAL have made a vote of confidence in our solution and we are honoured to have been able to work with them to introduce a new type of experience to their premium passengers,” said David Dicko, SkyLights CEO.

JAL sales VP said, “Customers who experienced the VR videos praised the content and we did not have any problems such as VR sickness. I’m very happy to have made the project successful and I would like to thank SkyLights for their cooperation.”

SkyLights is now focusing on global expansion with its Allosky headset. With 2K resolution and weighing only 135g, the headset has already generated significant interest throughout the industry, with its first commercial deployments scheduled for late March.

Visa opens doors to new Center of Excellence

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Visa has unveiled its Transportation Center of Excellence, a global service that brings together the power and scope of Visa’s programs including the Visa Developer Platform, Visa Token Service, Visa Ready for Transit and Visa Global Transit Solutions with its global network of Innovation Centers and Studios.

Bill Gajda, SVP, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Visa said, “Today’s consumers simply want get to their next destination quickly and easily – whether commuting to work or going on holiday. Unfortunately, purchasing tickets, paying for parking or filling up the car is often inconvenient, involving long lines, complicated ticketing machines and outdated transit systems. The Transportation Center of Excellence examines how new technologies can transform the consumer experience by using digital credentials to make it easier for travel and transportation providers to seamlessly integrate payments into the customer journey.”

The Center is part of a wider program focused on giving consumers a better experience for any mode of travel, including air. By engaging directly with airlines Visa can help create innovative solutions that integrate new and emerging technologies into every kind of journey.

As part of the new program, Visa is hosting co-creation sessions at its Innovation Center located at its European headquarters in Paddington Basin. The 1,000+ square meter space, the largest in Visa’s global network of innovation centers, is an immersive environment where Visa can work side-by-side with its partners in transportation, banking, and retail – with the goal to remove friction in travel and create new and easier ways consumers can access and pay for transportation. Applying human-centered design, the program incorporates new and emerging technologies to develop capabilities in key transportation sectors, including air, where Visa has hosted co-creation sessions with the industry’s largest airlines, collaborating with them to address the consumer journey starting with planning, ticketing and in-flight experiences enabled through new technologies like virtual reality.

Last year, Visa partnered with Etihad Airways and Helios Interactive to show how Virtual Reality can enhance travellers’ in-flight experiences for the ultimate first class experience at a guest event in Barcelona.

Etihad docents led guests to a first-class seat where they donned the Google Daydream headset and embarked on their virtual journey.

Once inside the headset, guests could order their gourmet in-flight meal, choose from a selection of movies and entertainment, and book a tour for their destination city, using Visa Checkout via gaze selection to complete their purchase.

Visa / Etihad Inflight VR shopping from Helios Interactive on Vimeo.

Gajda adds, “Visa has created a collaborative environment that enables developers to reimagine the consumer journey across any mode of transportation they take along with the building blocks to make that vision a reality. Through the Visa Developer Platform, they can select from a broad range of APIs (Application Program Interfaces) and SDKs (Software Development Kits) to create the next generation of commerce applications.”

The program is led out of the London Innovation Center and is open to companies from across the globe.