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Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling Airlines was putting tech start-ups to the test at this week’s World Mobile Congress in Barcelona.

The global show saw all the major mobile tech brands and developers converge on the Spanish city for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vueling stand was located in Hall 4YFN (four years from now) of the global show where start-ups from around the world were showcasing their technology.

The budget carrier, a sister brand to BA in the International Airlines Group, is expected to sit down with more than 100 individual start-ups over the four days of the show.

They were invited to record a short, elevating presentation at the booth that will be reviewed by IAG executives for its Hangar 51 accelerator, now in its sixth cycle.

The next cohort of the 10-week Hangar 51 program is sought to examine solutions related to sustainability and operational efficiency like smart buildings.

Vueling also works directly with start-ups on research and development projects through its InnoLab which focuses on seven areas including: Hyperreality, Gadgets, Persona, ArchDevSecOps technology developers, Robotics, Sustainability and Technology. ‘information.

The carrier will focus on vibrant business tech communities in three Spanish cities, including Barcelona, ​​Bilbao and Zaragoza, to empower local talent and innovation.

Àlex Corretgé, head of innovation at Vueling Airlines, said big companies need to work with start-ups because they are more agile and see things from different angles.

“The main objective of InnoLab is to connect to the ecosystem of start-ups. We want to have a good relationship with the start-up ecosystem, use its scale and it’s a good way to benefit from the talents that exist in these companies,” he said.

Corretgé said Vueling was particularly interested in mobile technology like the rollout of 5G and the coming 6G era which will further support a connected multimodal future for travel.

The carrier also plans to provide in-flight entertainment services through customer devices. Currently, it offers paid Wi-Fi, but improved technology could allow it to generate more ancillary onboard sales via digital devices.

“After the pandemic, we believe people will travel less than before, but when they travel they will spend more money and buy more accessories to be more comfortable,” Corretgé said.

“For travelers, it is important that information is ubiquitous and accessible wherever they go. In terms of mobile technology, this is an exciting moment in history. When you look back only five years, it’s hard to believe what life was like.