Here’s your round-up of the most important news and views in the commercial aviation space in July 2017. We’ve scoured the web to bring you the information you need to keep on top of the latest developments in the sector. Enjoy!
The Chinese outbound market is booming yet travelers still find low acceptance of their typical payment methods. As travel becomes more accessible to the Chinese lower and middle class offering payment methods such as AliPay and WeChat Pay will be a definitive competitive advantage. Source
American Airlines (AA) is moving a number of its consumer-facing functions, including its brand.com, onto the IBM Cloud. A strategic partnership was announced late last year, and today’s release confirms which functions will be migrated. Source
Take-aways from the latest passenger survey from SITA include the increasing popularity of biometrics. The research reveals 57% would definitely use biometrics instead of a passport or boarding pass. Source
Emirates opened a Flagship Store on Alitrip, the travel subsidiary of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, enabling the distribution of it flights and rich content directly to Chinese consumers. The deal was facilitated by Emirates Online B2B, the airline’s IATA NDC Level 2-certified API powered by Farelogix. Source
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