BA AI cocktail

BA trials AI-powered cocktail maker

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British Airways is exclusively trialling an automated cocktail maker in its San Francisco and Newark lounges.

Created by mix-master Barsys using Artificial Intelligence (AI), the machine dispenses cocktails in under 45 seconds.

The service is available until March 2020, for the airline’s First and Club World customers who can choose from a selection of 30 cocktails and customisable drinks.

Customers simply order their drink by clicking one button on the app, then place a glass on the conveyer belt and let the AI do the work.

Ricardo Vidal, British Airways’ Head of Innovation, said: “We are always looking at innovative ways to enhance our customers’ journey on the ground and in the air. Barsys offers a new cocktail experience and what better way to trial this technology than in San Francisco, in our newly refurbished lounge, and Newark, two of the most cosmopolitan and tech-savvy metropolitan regions in the US”.

Akshet Tewari, Barsys CEO and Founder, said: “We are so excited to partner with British Airways as we have always felt that an airport lounge was the perfect place to create a unique and fun cocktail experience. We recognise that Barsys will never replace a good bartender but can free them up to make more complicated drinks and interact with customers.”