Airline drone delivers free flights to customers

Summary:Here's one interesting way to use drone delivery.

Amazon's drone delivery might be a few years away , but one airline has found an interesting way to make use of the unmanned aerial vehicles.

To celebrate reaching 100,000 Facebook followers, airBaltic surprised select customers with free flights, delivered by drones. Check it out.

 
 
Add it to the list of companies utilizing (or planning to use) drones in one form or another.

While 100,000 Facebook followers might not seem like much to celebrate -- compared with an airline like Southwest which has over four million followers -- the Latvian national airline says it's the first brand in the Baltic region to gain that many followers.

The airline considers itself a hybrid by using "best practices both from traditional network airlines and low cost carriers." 

Though it's a small carrier -- about two million passengers through the first three quarters of 2013 -- the airline has been touted as one of the most innovative in the world, with features like customizable in-flight meals and a frequent flier program that gives you a mile for every calorie you burn during the 24 hours after your flight.

[hat tip Skift]

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

Topics: Innovation

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Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter.

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