easyJet held its “Innovation Day” today at Milan Malpensa airport.
The airline has outlined a series of innovations under consideration to improve the operating efficiency of the airline and improve the passenger experience.
These include the use of automated drones to perform visual inspections of aircraft (video below), the use of 3D printing to produce spare parts, virtual reality technology in cabin crew training, and (in partnership with Airbus) the use of real-time flight information to predict aircraft maintenance requirements.
Passengers affected by disruption will also be able to book hotels (paid for by easyJet) on a new easyJet smartphone app.
Full details are in this press release and series of videos produced by easyJet.
In a Q&A session, easyJet also confirmed that it is in active discussions with a UK telecoms provider to install in-flight WiFi.
The airline also confirmed that it would give serious consideration to operating from London Heathrow, should a third runway go ahead.