In Brief


Emirates joins IATA’s Turbulence Aware Platform

Emirates has joined the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Turbulence Aware Platform. It will also be the first airline to integrate the IATA platform within the latest version of Lido mPilot, the mobile navigation solution from Lufthansa Systems.

Bringing these platforms together offers a wealth of data, combined with new technologies that make up-to-the-minute, highly accurate turbulence information and forecasts available for pilots, equipping them with the means to plot the best paths around affected areas for enhanced safety, efficient navigation, and optimisation of flight plans.

The airline has equipped more than 140 aircrafts with the required onboard software to automatically share turbulence reports with all airlines contributing data to the platform. All new aircrafts joining the Emirates fleet over the course of the next few years, will be enabled to participate in the programme.


Airalo launches new B2B platform

Airalo announced recently that it has surpassed the 10 million users mark, underscoring its position as the world’s largest eSIM marketplace. Airalo has also garnered the trust of over 5,000 global partners that rely on its services to scale their business, grow their revenue, and keep their users, customers, and employees connected.

To enhance the partner experience, Airalo has launched Airalo Partners, a B2B and B2B2C platform that empowers businesses to buy, manage, and share eSIMs with their customers or their employees. Airalo Partners will complement Airalo’s existing partner offerings – Airalo Partner API and Airalo Affiliate Program – that have been adopted widely by businesses worldwide.


Neo Space Group, SES partner

Neo Space Group (NSG), a Public Investment Fund (PIF) global space services company, has joined forces with a global satellite communications operator SES, to bring the SES Open Orbits Inflight Connectivity network to the international airlines market.

SES Open Orbits is an advanced open architecture Ka-band network that allows satellite assets from multiple operators and different orbits to be added to increase coverage and capacity as and when needed. This network will answer the airlines’ demands for inflight connectivity.

Through this partnership, NSG will access the network and will offer a holistic solution to the airline market packaged with the Skywaves managed services platform. NSG will also offer SkyFly, a state-of-the-art end user portal that will enable a range of services for passengers at the touch of a button during flights.


Hotelbeds, Palladium collaborate

Hotelbeds has formalised a new strategic partnership with Palladium Hotel Group to enhance the distribution of their properties across Europe.

This strategic partnership will provide travel professionals with access to a curated selection of Palladium Hotel Group’s most sought-after accommodations, ensuring exceptional experiences for travellers in Europe. Under this strategic partnership, Hotelbeds will offer its B2B clients a portfolio of properties across Europe, including iconic destinations such as the Costa del Sol, Ibiza, Menorca, Sicily and Tenerife.

“This agreement with Palladium Hotel Group marks a significant milestone in our continuing partnership” said Carlos Munoz, Chief Commercial Officer at HBX Group. 


Paytech company Swiipr raises $7.58m

Swiipr, a travel paytech company transforming the airline industry’s outdated and inefficient disruption payments systems, has secured £6m (7.58 million) in Series A funding, led by Octopus Ventures, to help drive the company’s next phase of growth.

Over 500 million global passengers are estimated to be affected by flight disruption each year, costing airlines billions of dollars in payouts as well as significant customer dissatisfaction.

Tara Spielhagen, Co-founder and CEO of Swiipr said: “Legacy compensation systems are unfit for purpose. Not only do they cost an airline billions of dollars every year but they also exacerbate disruption and stress. It doesn’t need to be this way in a digital age, and we are proud to have developed a new solution that solves so many pain points. Our airline partners and their customers are already reaping the benefits”