Niche for special needs: How integrating IT can enhance cargo handling capabilities
Manu Raghavan

Niche for special needs: How integrating IT can enhance cargo handling capabilities

​ Air cargo is an interesting business. The airplane was built, driven by man's inherent dream to fly. Yet on that first flight, there still was some space available in the cockpit after the pilot occupied the seat that could accommodate some letters to the dear ones, Airmail was thus born. Bigger planes followed with more capacity to carry people, their luggage and there still were available spaces for sending something more from origin to the destination and thus air freight was born. Airlines have been carrying air freight since that very first flight that carried letters, and almost every ...
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Can we think past the ‘ban’? An ancillaries approach
Aravind Ramachandran

Can we think past the ‘ban’? An ancillaries approach

​ The dynamics of air travel are changing – drastically and rapidly. Recent policy decisions in the interest of passenger security have far reaching consequences in terms of convenience, especially when it comes to business travelers. The simplest way to describe the new policy, which is applicable for flights originating from the Middle East and North Africa regions and heading to the United States or United Kingdom , is that laptop computers and tablets (with screen size of 16 cm or more) will no longer be allowed in cabin baggage. However, they can be carried in checked baggage. In a sense,...
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Distributed, scalable airports: Shorter drives, fewer missed flights
Aravind Ramachandran

Distributed, scalable airports: Shorter drives, fewer missed flights

 As a city grows – in terms of population as well as the resulting trade volumes – it will lead to more demand for air travel and allied services. In 2015 alone, the world population grew by 86.84 million . The number of registered carrier departures around the world increased by 36% in the 2005-15 decade, which is thrice the rate of population growth as per World Bank estimates. The Centre for Economics and Business Research, a London-based consultancy, estimates the cost of congestion in England, France, Germany and the US to be around $200 billion in 2013 alone. It is predicted that th...
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Aravind Ramachandran
Certainly. Where would such a rail link start from? There has to be some node for such a system to originate from, and that is whe... Read More
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Decision making for travelers: Are machines up to it?
Aravind Ramachandran

Decision making for travelers: Are machines up to it?

An interesting result from a recent McKinsey Global Institute study suggests that a typical business leader spends 25% of his/her time on gathering/analyzing inputs for decision making such as reports and data - a task that can be automated using currently available technology. Yet, a large part of the value addition by the machine is in processing large quantities of information and distilling it down to what's important, rather than taking an actual decision and being accountable for it. To illustrate, a typical traveler must find answers to these questions (among others) to make his/her tri...
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Gamification in Airline Cargo
Sandeep S Nair

Gamification in Airline Cargo

The dis-engaged employee At the core of it, technology is driven by the need to better the human condition - be it at the office or outside of it. While technology was intended to solve problems, it also has the flip side of generating new ones that are not desired under certain circumstances. With social media and smart phone combination time slicing the waking hours of our life, organizations are feeling the heat of the "dis-engaged employee" – the employee who finds it difficult to reengage with office tools that are plain and boring, compared to the cool apps and tools that mean fun. Reduc...
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