WE’VE all arrived at a destination after a long international flight looking like we’ve run the whole way.
While the dreaded jet lag is one of the few downsides of international travel, a new app could help passengers combat time zone change syndrome when travelling internationally.
Etihad Airways and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have announced a partnership to jointly develop and trial wellness solutions aimed at reducing jet lag.
As part of the partnership, Etihad will be the first airline to trial the Jet Lag Adviser, which was developed in collaboration with Detalytics and unveiled at the Aircraft Experience Expo in Hamburg, Germany.
Jet Lag Adviser uses passenger data such as circadian rhythms, height, weight, the nature of travel, and travel information such as flight times, routes and zones.
Using its artificial intelligence engine, the program then comes up with a personalised plan on how to reduce the risk of jet lag, incorporating the pre-flight, flight and post-flight phases, and provides a schedule of tips for specific times in each phase on what to do to reduce jet lag, such as sleeping, exposure to light, exercise, hydration, and the type of food to consume.
App users will also receive a combination of generic route-based and personalised ‘jet lag impact scores’ which gives them a summary of how severe jet lag may be on that route in general, and their own travel specifically.
Throughout each phase of travel, the Jet Lag Adviser will send reminders with recommended actions to passengers via the app.
“Etihad is committed to providing choice and a superior experience to our guests, and we are continually looking at new ways to do just that,” said Etihad Aviation Group Chief Commercial Officer, Robin Kamark.
"With the Jet Lag Advisor, we can now leverage artificial intelligence to improve the travel experience. This will be the first of many wellness initiatives we will explore together, and we are excited about our partnership with Panasonic and the possibilities that lie ahead.”