Seven start-ups to look out for at Aviation Festival Asia: Ancillaries

by | Jan 25, 2023 | Digital Transformation, News, Travel Tech

Seven start-ups to look out for at Aviation Festival Asia: Ancillaries


Aviation Festival Asia gathers together industry giants, start-ups, and everyone in between to drive innovation in the aviation industry. The event is an opportunity for start-ups to get noticed and for influential industry players to forge business partnerships in the Asia Region.

Ancillary revenue, “revenue beyond the sale of tickets that is generated by direct sales to passengers, or indirectly as a part of the travel experience,” played a key role for airlines during the pandemic. As we return to travel, these continue to provide an important channel of revenue whilst elevating the passenger experience. Ranging from facilitating easy access to all available ancillaries to harbouring potential as the ultimate ancillary product, these seven start-ups are ones to keep an eye out for at Aviation Festival Asia.


1. Aeronology

Aeronology has created the world’s best full service ‘Point of Sale’ travel booking platform. Our booking model is created for Travel Advisors, Universities, Government and Corporate Organisations.
Sabre, Travelport, Amadeus, TravelSky, IATA NDC – LCC Certified and full webservices to every available airline product in the world.
All available Ancillaries, and Special Service Requests (SSR) bookable online. Book, Change, Reshop, Reissue, Cancel and Refund all on one screen, every user trained within hours.



2. Bacarai

Bacarai operates the world’s first online marketplace for group airfare, offering group customers an entirely digital experience, from shopping, to securing seats with a deposit, and managing the entire life cycle of the group trip contract. Airlines can digitalize their offline group sales programs by integrating into the Bacarai Marketplace.


3. Cielo.Ai

Our technology helps airlines monetize their customer service experience based on access, quality, and speed. The process is seamless for end-users, turning pain points into profit-centres and raising NPS. Cielo.Ai provides ancillary uplift at zero cost and increases profitability per passenger between 5-12% (2021). In addition, our AI makes airlines more competitive by accelerating or unbundling CX, providing further opportunities as we become the entry point for data-driven monetization across billions of interactions.


4. eSIM GO

Roaming remains a big problem for many, including your customers, as mobile operators profits continue to rise.
eSIM technology has made solving this problem easy.
eSIM Go provides API-driven access to cost effective mobile services in more than 100 countries worldwide.
We partner with travel service providers to build and enable eSIM web and mobile applications so they can offer consumers and business travellers commercially viable mobile data services, saving them time and money when they roam.


5. ModiFly

Berlin-based ModiFly provides a seamless ancillary retailing platform that enables post-booking ancillary sales for agents and airlines with a focus on the most demanded flight-related ancillaries. The white label solution is designed in the branding of the agent and provides a simple, flexible and quick way for both parties to improve the customer experience and generate additional revenues with virtually zero investments.


6. Simtex

In a few simple steps, you can select and purchase the optimal data package for you without a physical SIM card. We provide a strong and stable internet connection in one easy, secure and accessible operation – just scan a QR code and connect.


7. SmartRyde

SmartRyde is a leading fast-growing airport transfer platform with headquarters in Tokyo. With more than 1000 suppliers, in 153+ countries.
The company service includes the following features:
Safety & Comfort. All of Smart Ryde’s drivers are licensed and insured, passengers can relax and enjoy the ride.
Efficient movement. The driver makes the transfer smooth by meeting every passenger individually with a name plate.
Pre-booking. As all fees are included in the predetermined price, there are no on-site charges.
Customer Support. Our 24×7 telephone support is available to all our customers.
Additionally, local taxi and car hire companies affiliated with SmartRyde are implementing measures to prevent new Coronavirus infections. It gives SmartRyde the opportunity to continue offering safe, secure, and comfortable transportation services. For more information see here.


Watch a 20-minute in-depth discussion on ancillaries and digitisation with with Apple Ignacio, Director of Ancillaries, Cebu Pacific Air here.