SkyZen app improves passenger flying experience


SkyZen will offer passengers personalised insights on their flight activity, and strategies to minimise jet lag

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has released details of a new mobile app for passengers to monitor their health and well being before, during and after a flight.

Used in conjunction with a Jawbone fitness wristband, the new SkyZen app, with data and analytics supplied by aviation intelligence specialist OAG, enables air travellers to view their activity and sleep patterns throughout the whole flight experience. Helpful hints allow users to improve their travel experience and combat jet lag when crossing time zones.

SkyZen is free to download and use from the Apple iTunes store, and currently works with the Jawbone health tracker. An Apple Watch and Fitbit version will be released shortly.

Users of the app only need to enter their flight number, date and class of travel, and SkyZen will automatically collect and aggregate the data. Using the data collected, SkyZen will offer passengers personalised insights on their flight activity, and strategies to minimise jet lag before and after flight.

Commented Tom Windmuller, IATA  senior vice president for airport, passenger, cargo and security: “Recent advances in personal health monitoring give air travellers a great opportunity to track how they respond to the various stages of a trip.

“With its global perspective on the air transport industry, IATA is uniquely placed to develop a single app which passengers can use across all flights, anywhere in the world. We are confident SkyZen delivers a completely new perspective on travel for passengers, with handy tips offering a fun and interactive way to improve the quality of their flying experience,” Windmuller added.

OAG provides the SkyZen mobile app with flight schedule, status and aviation data. As travellers begin using the app, OAG will partner with IATA to analyse the sleep and health habits for specific flight routes, times of day and length, with the aim to improve the quality of the flying experience.

Said Phil Callow, CEO at OAG: “We are always looking for ways to improve the passenger experience, and with a tool like SkyZen and OAG’s detailed analysis, we are hopeful to provide insights and recommendations to achieve that goal.”


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