Technology is not limited to the ground. It is ever evolving, and airlines around the world are working towards the integration of further technology when planning their development.
EasyJet, for example, has introduced wearable uniforms for its crew and ground staff. The suit is fitted with hems and LEDs on the shoulders and can provide visual guidance to passengers. It is also equipped with built-in microphones to enable direct communication with passengers. Additionally, the uniform also has a LED-based scrolling ticker, on the lapel jacket, which displays basic information such as the number of the flight, the flight destinations and lighting guidance in case of emergencies.
Virgin Airlines have also implemented IoT into their Boeing 787. Every single element on the plane is attached to a wireless aeroplane network, providing real-time IoT data on elements like performance, maintenance etc. The airline is using the deluge of data that it is collecting through these flights to improve the efficiency of the aircraft and also being pro-active. For example, a jet engine that is performing poorly mid-flight is relaying that information to ground staff throughout its journey, and when the plane lands, airport engineers can then be ready to look into the issue.
Founded in the late 1990s, Allegiant Air is a low-cost airline operating across America. From small cities to world-class destinations, Allegiant finds a way to make air travel both affordable and leisurely. As a major air carrier, it is the ninth-largest commercial airline in the US. It is wholly owned by Allegiant Travel Company, a publicly traded company with 4,000 employees and over US$2.6 billion market capitalisation.
With flights from 115 destinations across the country, Allegiant has recently found itself in the midst of a digital transformation. The pilots and flight attendants depend on fully charged and up-to-date iPads to perform their jobs. Sometimes the devices are broken or lost and there is an immediate need for a replacement iPad. In the past, Allegiant would be dependent upon an IT team member to manually replace an iPad, which is time-consuming and expensive. Now with LocknCharge charging lockers, called the FUYL Tower 15 at every Allegiant employee lounge in airports across the US, the replacement iPad process is simplified, and they can keep business running 24/7.
The FUYL Tower 15 has been beneficial for everyone at Allegiant Air. Now, pilots can swap out their broken or dead iPads with fully-charged new ones from the tower. This allows the aircraft to fly as scheduled. Furthermore, flight attendants can now check-out iPads when they come to work.
Even the IT team loves the FUYL Tower 15 as they can now see all 14 Allegiant Airport base FUYL Towers through one login so that they can effectively push out iOS updates over the air via JAMF to a specific iPad.
Prior to implementing the FUYL Tower 15, the Allegiant Air team had to independently replace each iPad that was lost or broken, costing them both time and money.
LocknCharge is proud to help airlines like Allegiant Air stay charged and connected in the sky and beyond!