Travel, Transportation & Hospitality

News, trends and insights for the Travel, Transportation and Hospitality industries

6 ways digital technologies improve the rail passenger experience

railway-passenger-boarding-train

Rail systems have taken a back seat to airlines when it comes to focusing on customers, but that’s changing. In the United Kingdom, for instance, Network Rail has had great success in becoming more responsive to passengers. Its Putting passengers first program decentralized services and functions, creating five regions, each with its own managing director […]

Gaining altitude: How to deliver higher value to airline customers

airplane-gaining-altitude

By Tim West & Derek Janu-Chossek If booking an overseas trip fills you with trepidation, you are not alone. Ironically, at a time when there is greater choice of destinations, accommodation and carriers than ever before – combined with a significant reduction in the cost of airline tickets – the romance of travel is wearing […]

Liberating the seaport from the harbor

modern-seaport

Seaborne trade, one of civilization’s oldest customs, has grown steadily over the last decade as global trade has flourished. The digital transformation of retail and wholesale business has revolutionized international commerce. But behind the point, click and order façade, logistics companies and transportation authorities are scrambling to manage demand for both speed and volume. At […]

Digital transformation threats and opportunities in travel and transportation

In travel and transportation most companies today don’t look at customer journeys as a collaborative exercise. They consider their job done when passengers are delivered safely to their appointed destination for their segment. A railway, for example, may only care that it has moved passengers safely from station A to station B. It ignores the […]

What’s your customer’s perfect travel experience? Use advanced analytics to find out

airline-customer-experience

Years ago, airline travel was considered glamorous.  People wore suits and dresses. They smoked cigarettes, drank martinis and cut their steaks with metal knives. There was only one version of the perfect travel experience and it was wrapped up in the glamour and prestige of the journey itself — and the personal service supporting it. […]

How AI-driven ‘voicebots’ can help airline personnel — and their companies

airline-crew

Airline workers have it tough. A new generation of voice-driven software bots promises to make their work easier. Airline employees, whether pilots, flight attendants or maintenance/repair/overhaul (MRO) technicians, are often called on to perform challenging tasks — and in a hurry. Think of a pilot dealing with mechanical failure, a flight attendant who can’t make […]

Cinco formas de traducir los retrasos aéreos en experiencias positivas

Las aerolíneas saben muy bien que habrá retrasos. Pero aún siendo inevitables, hay formas de traducirlos en experiencias positivas. Todas ellas cuentan con datos comerciales muy valiosos (de los comercios del aeropuerto, áreas de descanso y del comportamiento de los viajeros) en este recinto acotado. Conocen sus preferencias. Con esta información, pueden mejorar mucho los […]

Optimizing transportation runs and customer experience

For many companies in the travel, transportation and hospitality industry, success is all about achieving the optimal result.  For example, optimize load balances to get passengers and cargo to their destination using less fuel and in the fastest time possible. Whether in the air or on the ground, it’s all about minimizing the cost while […]

5 ways airlines benefit by integrating digital agents with live ones

airline-customer-at-airport

Many of us have had an experience similar to this: You call an airline to make a reservation and get a digital agent on the phone. The call starts off fine, but when you ask if your friend can sit next to you on the flight, the digital agent stalls and sends you to a […]

Navigate the airline labor shortage through MRO modernization

airline-workers

The airline industry is facing a potential labor shortage.  A large percentage of the workforce is set for retirement in the next five years.  In testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee, Justin Welner, vice president of human resources for Spirit AeroSystems, told U.S. lawmakers that nearly 40 percent of the airline industry’s front-line […]