Air Black Box (ABB) Wins CAPA Innovation Of The Year Award For Its Air Connection Engine
This award is given to the airline, airport or supplier responsible for the most powerful innovation in the industry over the past 12 months.
Air Black Box Group Product Manager Timothy O’Neil-Dunne accepted the award from Mr Harbison along with Nok Air CEO Patee Sarasin. Thailand’s Nok Air and Singapore Airlines Group subsidiary Scootare co-founders and shareholders in Air Black Box Asia Pacific, a joint venture with Vaultpad Ventures.
Air Black Box was selected by the judging panel for inventing and quickly implementing a revolutionary booking system that enables LCCs to connect and interline without the traditional complexities or cost. Air Black Box’s Air Connection Engine is the technology behind the Value Alliance and U-FLY Alliance – which became in early 2016 the world’s first two LCC alliances.
“The Air Connection Engine has provided a new innovative solution for a fast growing and important segment of the industry – LCC connectivity,” Mr Harbison said. “Previously LCCs seeking to interline or cross-sell had limited options. Thanks to Air Black Box there is now a solution which allows like-minded LCCs to partner by offering joint itineraries and, most significantly, do so with the ability to sell ancillaries on flights operated by the partner.”
CAPA noted that the technology can align disparate airline products and do not require airlines to change their product or technology to partner with another airline. Implementing tie-ups between LCCs – or between an LCC and network carriers – can now be done in just days, giving airlines an opportunity to quickly expand their virtual networks.