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Exploring new smarts

With artificial intelligence expected to take off in the world, we’re excited to explore how it can help us provide an even better service for our travellers. What have we looked into so far?

Meet Pepper, the humanoid robot  

Over the next few years we’re trialling a range of disruptive technologiesfrom AI to robotics projects, across various areas of our business. 

We’ve already introduced ‘Pepper’, our humanoid robot, to people in the terminal. Pepper robots, created by SoftBank Robotics, can make peoples lives easier, more connected and more extraordinary. Were collaborating with the University of Canterbury to see how our very own ‘Peppers’ might help us deliver an even better airport experience. 

We’ve already learned a ton about what people think about interacting with a robot and what information they’d like from it – and we’re looking forward to learning loads more!

Come and see Pepper for yourself in our Digital Innovation Zone on the first floor of the airport terminal.

Check out the video below and read our media release to learn more.


Pepper the humanoid robot

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Future of Digital Travel Challenge 

Collaboration and sharing new ideas is how innovation happens, and it's something our Digital Innovation Zone is designed to promote.

In March 2019, we hosted the Future of Digital Travel Challenge with the University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship (UCE). Over two fast-paced days, teams of students were asked to look 15 years into the future and explore solutions to airport challenges. Robotic retailers, travelling by virtual reality and pilotless planes were just some of their solutions for integrating digital disruption and emerging technologies into the future of travel.  

Guided by experts and mentored by Christchurch Airport staff, the students took away new skills including teamwork, critical analysis, quick thinking and presentations – and we tapped into insightful ideas from our future travellers.

Check out the video below and read our media release to learn more.

Future of Digital Travel Challenge

Tapping into our brightest young minds

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