Many airlines offer passengers the opportunity to pay a bit extra on their flights to purchase Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for the trip. airBaltic’s recently launched program appears to be rather different, avoiding the greenwashing approach most others pursue.
Step on board a plane flying with the SpaceX Starlink satellite network and you’re online immdiately. There’s no capture portal, no extra clicks. And that approach may also limit Starlink’s reach into the market, in a somewhat unexpected way.
Of course it works; this was a media demo flight, after all. But the fact that the Starlink internet service works so well on the JSX fleet was never a sure thing; the program had a few hiccups along the way. But the overall performance was impressive, and in a couple ways that were true differentiators from competing solutions.
Passengers can now buy elite status on airBaltic as part of the company’s efforts to bring NFTs into its loyalty program. Members of the airBaltic Club who acquire 25 of the company’s Planies NFTs will receive the VIP status tier in the program.
Inflight WiFi is coming to airBaltic. The carrier will fit its fleet of A220-300 aircraft with the SpaceX Starlink system, providing complimentary internet services in the sky.
Subscription products are a booming segment for the air travel industry. Sprinkle in a dash of Web3 and the airBaltic Planie NFT collection comes to life.
The airBaltic club loyalty program now reaches almost everywhere in the world. Thanks to a new partnership with Air France and KLM, members can both earn and redeem points for travels with the two larger airlines. Though, like with most such deals, there are some notable limitations.
Forget detailed RFP cycles or convoluted consulting agreements. When it comes to considering SpaceX’s Starlink as a potential in-flight internet service provider airBaltic CEO Martin Gauss took to Twitter.
When it comes to creating a new base for an airline choosing a spoke on the network is an uncommon choice. And doubly so when most of the destinations served are hubs of other airlines. But airBaltic likes to do things a bit differently. And CEO Martin Gauss believes the carrier can repeat that model thanks to airline partners and cities keen to grow a far-reaching version of air connectivity.
A new generation of airline loyalty programs is coming, developed, tracked, and sold on the blockchain. And airBaltic is leading the charge. CEO Martin Gauss explains how the company sees its Planies NFT program as a launch pad to a fully tokenized loyalty scheme.