Taylor’s terabyte tsunami. AI sidekicks. AA offloads advisors. Yugo flies with Eve.

Taylor’s terabyte tsunami. AI sidekicks. AA offloads advisors. Yugo flies with Eve.

Taylor’s terabyte tsunami. AI sidekicks. AA offloads advisors. Yugo flies with Eve.

Taylor Swift’s terabyte tsunami

It wasn’t only the airlines and hotels which had a ball when Taylor Swift performed sell-out shows in Melbourne this week.

Figures released by telco Telstra revealed that during the three nights of Swift’s Eras Tour concerts almost 300,000 people packed inside the Melbourne Cricket Ground over three nights, and tens of thousands outside who didn’t have tickets, used around 35 terabytes of data – equivalent to 15,500 hours of video content travelling over the Telstra network.

Telstra calculated that to consume all that content in one long sitting would take Swiftie fans 1.7 years of viewing.

Compared with other artists at the same venue, Taylor Swift fans used almost 200% more data.

 

AA puts travel advisors on notice

American Airlines has will stop awarding AAdvantage points for bookings through many travel agencies starting May 1. The exception will be agencies that qualify as “preferred” under a new policy.

American said it will publish a list of eligible preferred agencies on its website in late April.

Travel Weekly reports that American has also increased its checked-bag fees, effective immediately for new bookings.

The new rules for AAdvantage accrual eligibility are American’s latest move toward increasing direct bookings and agency bookings enabled by New Distribution Capability (NDC) technology.

American is aiming to have 100% of bookings through direct or NDC channels.

 

Travelling with your AI sidekick

If 2023 was the year of AI chatbots wanting to plan your trips, Conde Naste editors believe 2024 will be all about how AI aspires to be your travel sidekick,

Releasing a list of the most likely travel trends this year, the publisher says a wave of new AI-powered features and products aims to support travellers on the ground, “all while raising concerns around the potential negative impacts as AI becomes more widely integrated with our travels”.

One practical example, noted by Conde Naste, is live translation, which Samsung plans to launch on its 2024 Galaxy devices.

“Imagine calling somewhere you want to visit to get information without worrying about whether staff speak the same language as you.”

 

Korean Airlines gets personal

Korean Airlines is ready to reshape its retailing strategy with help from Accelya, a global leader in airline-centric software solutions.

Th partnership will enable Korean Air to take control of how it sells and engages with its customers, and further innovate its customer experience with the deployment of Accelya’s FLX Platform – a software as a service (SaaS) platform that supports open, flexible, and pro-airline retailing solutions for passenger and cargo systems.

Korean Air will integrate Accelya’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) and FLX-Merchandizing module, which runs on both Accelya and Amazon Web Services (AWS) technologies, to deliver personalisation and the most relevant offers to customers.

Korean Air says this will modernise and improve the way it communicates and shares information with travel agents, online travel agencies, and other distribution channels.

 

Mandira Travel joins Trip Associates’ eco-system

Indonesia’s Mandira Abadi (MDA) has been successfully integrated into Hotel Switch, Trip Associates Network’s open ecosystem facilitating instant global connectivities.

B2B wholesaler Mandira Travel has an extensive portfolio of hotel clients and a proven regional consumer base.

Justianus Rachmat, managing director of Mandira Travel, said the partnership with TA Network is poised to significantly boost business volumes for clients and suppliers and “enhance competitiveness in the B2B travel sector”.

TA Network brings together travel wholesalers, operators, and destination management companies across the Asia Pacific into a single open travel ecosystem.

The platform is designed to leverage technology solutions adopted by hotels and wholesale agents, facilitating direct connectivity and automating inventory management processes, thereby eliminating issues associated with allotments due to potential human errors in manually maintaining hotel contracts.

 

Yugo, Eve Air Mobility partnership takes off

Eve Air Mobility and Singapore-based Yugo Global Industries have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to study the potential for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and eVTOL flights in Southeast Asia.

The partnership places Singapore as the first mover in South-east Asia for UAM and is expected to provide neighbouring countries a template to support further ecosystem development in the region.

 

Taylor’s terabyte tsunami. AI sidekicks. AA offloads advisors. Yugo flies with Eve.

 

Yugo said the company’s commitment is to support regional eVTOL innovation and its network includes South-east Asian operators such as PhilJets in the Philippines and Helistar in Cambodia.

Together, Eve and Yugo will specifically focus on the potential infrastructure requirements to support eVTOL operations including regulations. The companies will also analyse service centre and vertiport size and capabilities, ground handling and other areas as needed.

Johann Bordais, CEO of Eve Air Mobility said, “Our goal is to also understand and define a business model that not only enables eVTOL flights in the region, but also advances the overall mobility ecosystem.”

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