FROM MAGAZINE: Digitisation the next big thing


Digitisation and its futuristic approach is taking the global business landscape by storm and air cargo industry is not an exception. More than being physical, it is a mindset change. The winners will act now by forgoing resistance and embracing technology! Shreya Bhattacharya Rewind just six or se...

Can machine learning remedy these common travel problems?


IN THE TRAVEL SECTOR, many of the most popular technologies use machine learning or artificial intelligence in some capacity and trend experts predict will likely continue. As the name suggests, machine learning uses data-driven algorithms to learn independently, whereas artificial intelligence replicates some level of human intelligence to perform a function. Both innovations are favored for delivering a more personalized user experience in digital environments and for broadening access to information. But they have greater potential. A vacation is a good opportunity to learn and use a new language.

Drone gets way too close to an airplane in terrifying video


Hey, if you own a drone, maybe don't fly it over an airplane filled with passengers? The FAA is investigating a video that seems to show a drone's close call with a commercial airliner landing at McCarran International Airport near Las Vegas, according to the local CBS affiliate. Flying a drone near an airport is definitely not allowed by the FAA. Neither is going above 400 feet. Here's video of the incident shared online, from ABC News: The footage, shot by an unidentified drone operator, appears to show the plane flying directly below the drone.

Airbus' Vahana flying taxi completes maiden test flight

Daily Mail

Airbus' plans to create a fleet of self-flying taxis have moved a step closer, thanks to the first successful test flight of a full-scale prototype. Project Vahana's aircraft, dubbed Alpha One, took to the skies for the first time, flying for a total of 53 seconds. With further testing, the firm hopes to have a commercial version of the craft in operation by 2020. Airbus' plans to create a fleet of self-flying taxis have moved a step closer to becoming reality, thanks to the first successful test flight of a full-scale prototype. Project Vahana's aircraft, dubbed Alpha One, took to the skies for the first time, flying for a total of 53 seconds The test flights took place at the Pendleton Unmanned Aerial Systems Range in Oregon, close to a nearby airport where the craft has been stored since November 2017.

Airports turn to Artificial Intelligence to find the dangers within


Regional airports are ramping up their internal security measures as they say the most dangerous threats in today's aviation world come from within. Artificial intelligence will play a major role in staff clearance in cities like Dubai and Jeddah in the coming years as it will ensure swift analysis and predictions of potential criminal or terrorist behaviour, a security forum heard on Monday. "The concept of security has completely changed," said Farah Al Ansari, head of airport security at Dubai International Airport. "The threats used to be in restricted areas but now they've moved and affect people and government as they're more spread, like what happened in Brussels and Ataturk Airport in Istanbul, so we're upgrading our systems to be in line with modern technologies." The airport is currently working on staff entrance to ensure greater control by introducing biometrics, more advanced face recognition and artificial intelligence, as opposed to only CCTV cameras and police monitoring now.

AirAsia Employee Dies Mid-Flight, Plane Makes Emergency Landing

International Business Times

An AirAsia flight AK416 from Kuala Lumpur to Bandung, capital of Indonesia's West Java province was diverted to Johor's Senai International Airport on Wednesday after a male employee died mid-flight. The budget airlines confirmed the news in a report by the New Straits Times that the flight was diverted to Johor, a state in southern Malaysia because of a "medical emergency". In this photo, an Indian airport staff member walks next to an AirAsia airplane after it landed on its inaugural flight from New Delhi to Bagdogra Airport on Feb. 19, 2017. The airlines stated that although the staff member, who remained unidentified, was given immediate medical attention upon landing, he was later pronounced dead by a doctor on the ground. "The AirAsia family is saddened by the loss of an All-star and extends our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased.

IT – more than a digital transformation at airports Airport Business


Airports around the world expect to spend over $8.4bn on IT this year alone, highlighting the increased importance of technology in driving new efficiency, increased security and improved passenger experience at airports globally. More importantly, it demonstrates that digital transformation of airports is well underway. The recently released Air Transport Airport IT Trends Survey 2017, co-sponsored by ACI and SITA, reveals that cybersecurity and passenger self-service technologies are the priority investment areas for major programs and resources over the next three years. The report also shows how airports are increasingly looking at emerging technologies such as single biometric tokens, sensors, and artificial intelligence (AI) to create a seamless, personalised journey for passengers. The global proliferation of cyber risks has, unsurprisingly, made cybersecurity the number one priority for airport IT major programs or R&D investments.