The most popular ideas from the third round of the Ideas for Travel competition run by Amadeus are named this week, with family and friend in-flight trackers, massively enhanced in-flight experience, wild aircraft entertainment.
The initiative was launched in December 2010 and created to give individuals or organisations around the travel, tourism and hospitality industry the opportunity to form and develop projects from as diverse as impriving the way people travel to how they search and buy travel goods.
Each month Tnooz highlights the entries with the most votes so far as well picking its own favourite. A Blue Ribbon panel of judges will convene in late-May 2011 to select an overall winner.
Entries with the most votes:
Know where your friends and relatives are
- Sylvain Coisne wants airlines to provide a tracking service so relatives and friends can pinpoint exactly where a passenger is en-route to a destination. The service would be provided via a mobile or web application and include maps, flight details, estimated landing time.
Fashion, fun, music and travel
- Sweeping changes to aircraft design and passenger functionality from M0a'ad Bani Salameh, asking for transparent fuselage material for better views, daily newspapers streamed onto in-flight entertainment screens, passenger e-cards for luggage tracking, family-only seating sections.
- Fashion shows, live entertainment and other in-flight shenanigans is a proposal from travel agency staffer Holly Dolly. The idea is that air passengers will get in the mood for their trip, ensure the flight is more interesting, especially on long-haul journeys to luxury or exotic locations.
- Abed Shalabi, a travel agency worker, wants a system tied into the GDS platform that automatically arranges and handles visa and consultant details for travellers. Fees are handled by the BSP, authorisation for entry into a country (if booked late) is carried within the booking reference of a passenger.