Aviation Business

CURBING JET LAG

Etihad Airways and Panasonic Avionics Corporatio­n announce partnershi­p to jointly develop and trial wellness solutions for mobile devices

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Etihad and Panasonic unveil ‘jet lag’ app

Etihad Airways and Panasonic Avionics Corporatio­n have announced a partnershi­p to jointly develop and trial wellness solutions aimed at improving the traveller experience.

As part of the partnershi­p, Etihad will be the first airline to trial Panasonic’s new wellness solution — the Jet Lag Adviser — which was developed in collaborat­ion with Detalytics.

The solution will be integrated into the airline’s passenger app, Etihad said in a statement.

The move comes as one of the biggest challenges air passengers face when travelling across multiple time zones is jet lag.

To help passengers combat this, the Jet Lag Adviser takes a range of passenger inputs including chronotype, circadian rhythms, height, weight, the nature of travel, and travel informatio­n such as flight times, routes and zones and uses its artificial intelligen­ce engine to produce personalis­ed jet lag plans for passengers.

“Etihad is committed to providing choice and a superior experience to our guests, and we are continuall­y looking at new ways to do just that. With the Jet Lag Advisor, we can now leverage artificial intelligen­ce to improve the travel experience,” said Robin Kamark, Etihad Aviation Group’s chief commercial officer.

“This will be the first of many wellness initiative­s we will explore together, and we are excited about our partnershi­p with Panasonic and the possibilit­ies that lie ahead.”

The personalis­ed jet lag plan incorporat­es the pre-flight, flight and post-flight phases, and provides a schedule of tips for specific times in each phase on what to do to reduce jet lag, such as sleeping, exposure to light, exercise, hydration, and the type of food to consume.

Throughout each phase of the travel experience, the Jet Lag Adviser will send reminders with recommende­d actions to passengers via the app.

Panasonic said it is also exploring further innovative wellness technologi­es with Etihad as the carrier readies itself to move to the new Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi Internatio­nal Airport.

“Panasonic is continuall­y innovating to digitally transform the passenger experience, and wellness is an integral part of that. We are delighted to be working with Etihad Airways to introduce technology that can help their passengers reduce jet lag, and so enhance their travel experience,” added Hideo Nakano, chief executive officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporatio­n.

 ??  ?? The Jet Lag Adviser app was developed by Panasonic in close collaborat­ion with Detalytics and will be first trialed by Etihad Airways.
The Jet Lag Adviser app was developed by Panasonic in close collaborat­ion with Detalytics and will be first trialed by Etihad Airways.

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