US Airways piloting bag-fee reports for corporate clients

US Airways is piloting a bag-fee report that is to be offered to corporate clients.

The airline is to offer client-specific data on bag fees. In its monthly reports, the airline will detail the number of bags checked by corporate travellers, the sum of fees paid as well as the number and value of fees that had been waived for frequent flyers. Travel buyers may use the information as key data to enhance business.

The airline is following similar initiatives launched last year by Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. A broad rollout of the programme is expected soon and will also include data for June.

The carrier said that the new set of data would be included in its ‘US Analyser’ monthly reports. The report already details metrics such as ticketed data, top markets, contract performance, the value of negotiated savings, opportunities for further savings and other client-specific performance details. US Airways said that the baggage fees would be the only ancillary expense that would be covered in the report, with a possibility that coach-class Choice Seats could be integrated into the reports later.

The company could provide a further breakdown of the data into specified time periods, on demand.

Flybe Offers Increased Hand Baggage

Flybe, a UK-based airline company, is allowing increased hand baggage sizes for its passengers, with immediate effect.

The airline is now allowing passengers to carry larger hand luggage, with maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23cm, providing up to 20 percent more baggage space for travellers, from the previous baggage allowance.

Simon Lilley, the airline director of marketing, said, ‘Flybe has listened to our passengers’ feedback in relation to hand-held luggage so have worked on maximising our carry-on dimensions to the greatest possible allowance that can be accommodated on our aircraft. We know that a lot of our passengers fly day returns or just stay overnight. They enjoy the convenience of hassle-free regional airports and this change will make travelling with hand baggage even easier.

To this end, we are pleased to have also secured a great offer for our passengers with Antler and hope our customers will consider taking advantage of the opportunity to purchase a spacious new carry-on bag that is a perfect fit at a perfect price.’

The airline is partnering with Antler brand luggage to offer a quality approved cabin bag for its passengers, which originally cost around £120, at a discounted price of £50.

Julia Bradley, the head of marketing at Antler, said, ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with Flybe who carry more domestic passengers than any other UK airline. That’s an awful lot of cabin cases to be stowed in overheard lockers and ours are not only light but also packed full of pockets to help passengers arrive at their destination organised and ready for their break. We look forward to working with Flybe and to providing more offers in the coming months to their customers.’

MATERNA Offers New Generation of Automated Baggage Handling at Airports

MATERNA, a Germany-based information technology company, has launched its new Automated Baggage Handling technology at the Passenger Terminal Expo, currently being held in Vienna, Austria.

The new baggage drop-off technology is claimed to offer optimised bag drop procedures for both operators and passengers, which may be paid for through cashless transactions. Air passengers will now be able to print out baggage tags at home, and calculate and pay for excess baggage before they leave, by using the new technology.

For airport operators, the new solution offers a fully automated bag drop system, which may be developed using the existing conveyor belt systems that are commonly used at airports.

The new technology is part of the company’s recently launched Integrated Passenger Services (IPS) programme. IPS is claimed to offer an end-to-end solution for airline passengers, and airport operators, providing convenience and ease of payments for the services through smart phones.

IPS provides a range of solutions covering all airports services, from check-in to take-off. These will be including CUSS-based applications for kiosks; online or mobile phone check-in; automated self baggage drop; and solutions for security access and self boarding.

MATERNA has been offering its various bag drop solutions since 2003, with the goal of ‘Simplifying the passenger’s journey’. The new baggage drop technology, in partnership with Sick and Vanderlande, is currently being demonstrated at the annual Passenger Terminal Expo, running in Vienna until April 20, 2012.