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Qatar Airways flies high in the technology sky
Qatar Airways is launching a new fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft that are specially designed for optimal luxury, social interaction and networking in-flight. The chairs point to each other around wood tables, each seat has a touch screen, and all cabins are equipped to connect to personal devices. The flight also features an automatically shifting light sensor that works to adjust travelers’ biological clocks to the new time zone.
Why it matters
Qatar is innovating around its passenger needs. They are likely going to work on the plane, so the flight should help connect them. They may be headed for a meeting, so the flight tries to reduce jetlag. They solve problems with features, building loyalty in a commoditised market. How can other companies incorporate these small touches into their finished product that help consumers feel like the brand ‘thought of everything?’ How can even small-scale innovations, like packaged goods, start to solve broader complaints with overarching features when redesigning?
Madrid’s Husa Paseo del Arte Hotel is now offering what they’re calling a ‘High Speed Pack’ which allows consumers to take advantage of the hotel’s facilities without having to spend a night in it. Guest can book in for a maximum of 5 hours for just 60€. Given that the hotel is located just 100 metres from from the Puerta de Atocha train station, this is especially useful for those just passing through.
Aldeasa (airports retail operator) has widened the experience of Ibiza to the airport. Creating spaces where you can buy electronic music records, clothes and other merchandise that encapsulates each of the most important discos of Ibiza (Amnesia, Pacha and Space). Every 15 minutes these ‘discoshops’ play the most successful music of the Ibiza’s night. Resident DJs will also be invited to play their music in “prime time”.