Turkish Airlines and Plug and Play are announcing a new collaboration on innovation
As being an anchor member of Plug and Play’s Travel & Hospitality Acceleration Program, Turkish Airlines will help select the most promising startups working on the next generation of travel & hospitality products and services
Dubai, UAE; 6 April 2016: Plug and Play is nurturing innovation in a wide range of industries, while Turkish Airlines has a deeper focus on innovations in the travel sector. Travel & Hospitality Program aims to discover, support, and scale technologies that are defining the future of travel and hospitality. In parallel with Turkish Airlines’ goals for open innovation, Plug and Play will accept 20-30 startups in each of its two Travel & Hospitality classes of 2016. Startups accepted into the three-month program will receive mentor opportunities with leaders in the travel & hospitality space across all verticals including hotels, airlines, online travel agencies, cruise lines, and global distribution systems.
Ali Serdar Yakut, Turkish Airlines’ Chief Corporate Development and IT Officer said; “As a response to the increasing complexity and number of emerging technologies, every sector needs to monitor for adoption. We have recently established a digital innovation unit to execute new ideas that create business value with the use of new technologies. This unit focuses on very high-impact, strategic opportunities that need proving out before an investment decision can be made.”
He continued: “We investigate, evaluate, experiment and build disruptive technologies in customer experience. Open innovation and collaboration is the main tool for us to succeed; we build, develop and manage relationships with the players in the ecosystem. This partnership with Plug and Play is one of our strategic attempts to act, think, build, and like with startups.”
Amir Amidi, Managing Partner at Plug and Play’s Travel Program commented; “We are very pleased to have Turkish Airlines join our travel platform. I’ve had the pleasure to fly with them on several occasions and it has always been a pleasant experience. In 2016, we will work closely with the Turkish Airlines Innovation Team to collaborate with leading startups in the IoT, artificial intelligence/machine learning, robotics, and augmented/virtual reality technologies as they relate Turkish Airlines’ technology roadmap.”
Plug and Play is bridging the gap between industry leaders such as Turkish Airlines and startups. In order to join their ecosystem, please visit; http://bit.ly/travel-hospitality
The Travel & Hospitality Accelerator is a three-month program designed for early and growth stage startups. Qualified companies are developing solutions in various stages of travel, including choosing, planning a trip, booking, en-route and post-trip activities. Participating startups receive mentoring opportunities, as well as exposure to investors and potential pilot opportunities with corporate partners.
About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 305 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 285 destinations worldwide with 236 international and 49 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2015, Turkish Airlines was chosen "Europe's Best Airline" for the fifth and "Best Airline in Southern Europe" for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world's "Best Economy Catering Service", in 2013 the world’s "Best Business Catering Service", and in 2014 "Best Business Catering Service" awards, Turkish Airlines was awarded the world's “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and "Best Business Airline Lounge" prizes in 2015 Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on www.turkishairlines.com.
About Plug and Play Tech Center:
Plug and Play Tech Center is the world’s largest global technology accelerator and venture fund. Since inception in 2006, our program has expanded worldwide to include entrepreneurs from 24 countries, providing necessary resources to succeed in Silicon Valley. With over 350 startups and 300 corporate partners, we have created the ultimate startup ecosystem. Plug and Play provides active investments with 180 leading Silicon Valley VCs, and more than 365 networking events per year. Companies in our community have raised over $3.5 billion in funding, with successful portfolio exits including Dropbox, Lending Club, PayPal, and SoundHound. For more information, visit our website www.plugandplaytechcenter.com.
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries For additional information visit www.staralliance.com and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn.