KLM Royal Dutch Airlines claims to be the first airline in the world to create a payment method which allows customers to pay via social media channels.

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Cision, a major provider of publicity services, PR software and owner of the United States’ best-known database of media outlets, has ranked www.AirlinesAndDestinations.com among the top 50 travel blogs based in North America.

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When a passenger does this, other passengers on the flight will be able to see that passenger’s Facebook profile. In turn, the Facebook-linking passenger will be able to see others who have linked their Facebook profiles when checking in for the same flight and where those other passengers are seated.

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Thomson Airways has added the hashtag #nameourplane to the side of one of its Boeing 737-800 jets. To enter the competition, consumers can tweet an image or the location of where they spotted the hashtag, along with their reasons why they should get to name the new Boeing 787-8.

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Along with a newly designed home page at delta.com introduced earlier this week, the Delta Ticket Window offers the first visual cues of Delta Air Lines’ planned transformation in customer-facing technology.

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Business travelers rank adjusting travel plans, making dinner reservations and checking into hotels as three of the top four mobile applications, according to a late-March 2010 survey from Omni Hotels & Resorts.

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