Japan Airlines starts baggage robot trial

Robot helps to transport baggage of arriving passengers to ground transport waiting areas

Japan Airlines is trialing a baggage robot at the domestic terminal at Fukuoka Airport.

The robot is being used to help arriving passengers transport baggage to the nearest ground transportation waiting area.

The trial is focusing on helping passengers using wheelchairs and families with a baby carriage.

It is part of JAL’s effort to improve accessibility, which includes supporting passengers with disabilities and older passengers.

The robot supplier is Omron.

The Omron LD Mobile Robot is a self navigating Autonomous Intelligent Vehicle (AIV) designed for dynamically moving material in challenging environments that may include confined passageways as well as dynamic and peopled locations like an airport terminal

The trial runs from April 17 through April 28, 2017.

In February 2016, Japan Airlines trialed a robot at Tokyo Haneda called Nao.

Japan Airlines trials humanoid robot guide
Japan Airlines agent Nao can speak Japanese, English and Chinese

60-centimeters-tall, it speaks Japanese, English and Chinese.

It was placed at the departure counter and security check areas to provide information to passengers on such things as the airport’s facilities and the deadline for security checks.

About Japan Airlines (JL)

Japan Airlines is the second largest airline in Japan after All Nippon Airways. It is headquartered in Tokyo.

Routes: JAL flies to over 50 countries and covers all continents. As of March, 2017, JAL flew 54 international routes and 127 domestic routes.

Fleet: JAL Group had 227 aircraft as of July 29, 2016, comprising;

  • 29 Boeing 787
  • 40 Boeing 777
  • 40 Boeing 767
  • 62 Boeing 737
  • 19 Embraer 170 and 190
  • 17 Bombardier DHC8
  • 8 Bombardier CRJ200
  • 12 Saab 340B

Alliance: oneworld

Image credit: JAL

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