May 23 2019  |  Tech & Hardware

Wearable tech flying on ANA's HNL A380 flight

By Rick Lundstrom

The BONX Grip will take the place of intercoms on ANA A380s to Honolulu

All Nippon Airways will be debuting the new BONX Grip, a device designed to aid in communication between flight attendants.

“This device combines proprietary technology with a smart application, making it possible for users to speak freely and naturally at any distance, in any environment,” said a release from ANA. “This is the latest in a series of moves that highlight ANA’s embrace of advanced technology and cement the airline’s reputation as an innovator.”

The device will take the place of the intercom for communication between flight attendants on the A380. The number of flight attendants required to operate an A380 makes it the perfect case for the new technology, said the airline.

“At ANA, we apply the latest technology to constantly improve our ability to offer world-class service, hospitality and comfort aboard our flights,” said Akihiko Miura, Executive Vice President of ANA. “By making it easier for flight attendants to communicate with each other, they will be better equipped to meet passenger needs. These hearable devices are just one important tool that ANA is testing, and we look forward to harnessing the latest technological breakthroughs to improve every aspect of the travel experience.”

ANA will begin using the device May 24 on board the first FLYING HONU flight. Data and feedback will be collected that will help ANA determine if the technology will be expanded to other employees working around the aircraft.

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