From scary new fast food possibilities for airport food to exciting new security device contracts, read the stories that caught Tnooz‘s eye for 16 August.
Amtrak wins big in the Northwest corridor
Between New York andÂ Washington, three out of fourÂ travelers go by Amtrak, says the NYT. Airlines used to have that level of traffic on the route in the 1990s. That said,Â bus travel has been the fastest-growing mode of travel on the route in the last four years.
AvFinity landsÂ contract withÂ VivaAerobus, Mexicoâ€™s fast-growing low-cost airline
Flight data firmÂ AvFinityÂ specializes in aviationÂ messaging systems that are powered by an integrated router instead of a traditional server. It targets small and regional North American airlines, such asÂ United Express, AeroMexico, Caribbean Airlines. Its sales pitch isÂ that a “one-time transition is cheaper than the cost of continually patching up legacy technologies,” says FastCompany.
Cinnabon tests Pizzabon
Yesterday the fast-food chain Cinnabon, whose products are widespread in US airports, began testing the Pizzabon. It looks like a Cinnabon, but it hasÂ marinara sauce, mozzarella and pepperoniÂ instead of cinnamon and frosting.
Â John Kessler, the restaurant critic at theÂ Atlanta Journal-Constitution,Â tweets that the commercial for the new product should be: “Vintage Yves Montand: ‘C’est si bon. C’est Pizzabon.’”
“What’s next?” asks a Canadian blogger. “Burgerbons? Burritobons?“
The Quantum Sniffer may go big in the US
Massachusetts company Implant Sciences touts itsÂ Quantum Sniffer H150 explosive trace detectors to screen food and beverage carts. By the end of this month, the US Department on Transportation is expected to rule on whether the device meets its criteria for cargo inspection for aviation, saysÂ SeekingAlpha.
Sales are already happening abroad.Â ASL Airlines Services, which provides catering and hospitality services to airlines, has anÂ Africa divisionÂ that has bought a handful of Quantum Sniffers to screen carts for 700 flights a monthÂ at Lagos’s main airport for international airlines,Â such British Airways, Delta, Lufthansa, and Air France.
Surprisingly, Australia to see passenger and revenue growth, says survey
Low unemployment will keep airplane passengerÂ traffic steady in 2012-13, forecastsÂ IBISWorld.Â Domestic airline revenue is expected to grow by approximately 5.2% in that period.
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