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Hello Friends

Lennart is still off this week, so I'm taking over. We hope you had a pleasant and relaxing Christmas break. We're ready to step into the new year with fresh energy and have many exciting things planned for you in 2020. 

But before we get into new things, let's look back at 2019 and appreciate the oldies. We compiled a list of the 10 most-read articles on 
travelandmobility.tech in the past year. Quite a few big hits to talk about! If your email provider decides to cut off the list of amazing reads, click View entire message at the very end to continue reading and see our top 3 articles. 

We'd also like to take this moment to thank you for your loyalty. We won't disappoint you in 2020! 

Ly (Tran Dieu Ly)
Junior Research & Intelligence Analyst, Lufthansa Innovation Hub

Are travelers interested in greener flights?

The underlying question for airlines is: in the age of ultra-low-cost-carriers, are customers willing to pay higher prices for more sustainable flying? If yes, how much more?

Together with airfare specialist 
Hopper, we decided to explore this question with a data-driven experiment. We put our heads together to assess whether travelers actually respond to environmental nudges (informative notifications) during the flight booking process. We assessed whether passengers can be even incentivized to consider greener airfares.

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The current state of the airline online check-in

There are many different ways to check-in for a flight. Each airline has its own, often slightly different process. Although the check-in process usually only takes a few minutes, most passengers still see it as unnecessary and stressful. 

With the help of AirlineCheckins.com, the world’s first airline-agnostic check-in assistant developed by the Lufthansa Innovation Hub, we analyzed the check-in process and took a closer look at major airlines around the world.
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Asia's 20 most-funded startups

Thousands of startups around the globe are working on disruptive solutions to create more frictionless and interconnected travel. The rate of innovation in this sector has grown exponentially over the past few years.

When it comes to producing disruptive mobility startups, the U.S. has long been the powerhouse. Today, Asia  has taken over the lead in creating the most billion-dollar companies innovating the travel and mobility space.
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The next Super App will come from Travel & Mobility Tech

Since getting from A to B is a daily need for all humans, several Travel & Mobility Tech mobile apps have the potential to become the next Super App.

The idea of an ‘app to rule them all’ sounds like straight out of Lord of the Rings. For those who don’t know: Super Apps have a large and highly engaged user base, which is leveraged to make the app a gateway for countless other services. 
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Wall Street ignores digital airline innovation

We used AI to analyze the major topics discussed by banking analysts and the top management of five major airlines during 60 earnings calls.

Our findings provide a quantitative, systematic and objective indication into the most burning topics for each of the five airlines and the extent to which “Wall Street” (meaning the financial and investment community) is interested in how airlines are preparing themselves for a digital future.

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Asia's five best tech sources covering travel and mobility

Asian is growing its dominance in tech. Yet, it’s often difficult for the West to follow what’s happening in the region. Major tech sources like TechCrunch and Wired still lack comprehensive coverage on China. 

That’s why we want to introduce five of our favorite tech news outlets about tech innovations in Asia, especially those extensively covering the Travel & Mobility Tech space.

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The competitive landscape in the German e-scooter market

The four e-scooter startups Lime, Tier, Voi, and Circ are fighting for market shares across several cities in Germany. Who is winning and why?

Exactly one month after the start of the e-scooter craze in Germany, we took a look back on four weeks of wild press coverage ranging from pure hysteria to outright disappointment

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Why airports don't like startups and vice versa

The airport environment is a notoriously tough playing field for any company to turn a profit, much less a startup. 
 

We scouted all relevant startups operating within airports and analyzed the hurdles for them to prosper in this hostile environment.

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Mapping the 50+ most relevant sustainability startups

We wanted to know who are all the startups that are making travel greener by addressing global sustainability issues like overtourism, flight shaming, and more.

As a result, we created a map of the 50+ startups transforming the Travel & Mobility Tech ecosystem towards a more sustainable future.

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New Transportation Leaderboard

The transportation landscape is expanding rapidly with hundreds of startups and a growing number of traditional mobility providers equipping our cities with new mobility modes to cover short distances such as ride-hailing or car-sharing. 

It’s hard to keep track of all these new modalities. Therefore, we present you with a comprehensive overview of 16 major modes within New Transportation ranging from e-scooter sharing all the way to space-travel providers, which may one day allow us to travel to the moon and beyond.
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