Technological high-flyer: airberlin presents digital innovation for more travel comfort at the Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco
As a “first mover”, airberlin is the world’s first airline to have developed a so-called “progressive web app”. The airline is presenting its innovation for more travel comfort today at the renowned Google I/O Developer Conference taking place from 18th to 20th May 2016 in San Francisco.
After a one-off web check-in, airberlin passengers can use the progressive web app technology to retrieve their personal boarding pass at any time, from anywhere in the world and without an Internet connection, and also access further travel information about their destination. airberlin is therefore offering its passengers an even more flexible travel experience and bringing the mobile future one step closer. The airberlin innovation team presents its software during Google´s major technology conference. At the conference, Google will present the latest hardware and software solutions, both in front of a specialist audience of over 7,000 developers and via live-stream.
Hannes Schwager, Head of Mobile & Innovations at airberlin: “We’re very proud and pleased that airberlin is able to present its specially developed progressive web app at the renowned Google I/O Developer Conference in San Francisco. The intelligent networking of mobile services will become increasingly important in the aviation industry, and we know that our passengers would like to quickly and conveniently check in online, no matter where they are in the world. Our internal innovation team has therefore developed a solution that combines the best features of both an app and a web application.”
Alex Komoroske, Group Product Manager Google: “We’re very excited to see this kind of innovation in the airline industry; by building a Progressive Web App airberlin is able to provide their passengers a first class user experience on the web that is available offline, accessible from the home screen and allows one tap check in through push notifications. We’re looking forward to seeing this widely adopted in the travel industry – and beyond.”
An initial demo version of the airberlin progressive web app can be tested at https://flights.airberlin.com/en-DE/progressive-web-app, without the user having to install an additional new application.
Hannes Schwager says: “This is just the beginning. We’ll be expanding the functionality of our new IT solution over the coming months in order to be the perfect digital companion for our passengers, providing a number of services throughout their journey. As an international network carrier, airberlin must always be ahead of the times. By actively scouting trends at an operational and strategic level, we identify and evaluate trends in aviation and beyond.
And as a “first mover”, airberlin also directly defines market trends, by quickly recognising and applying relevant technologies such as the progressive web app.”
Germany’s second largest airline aims to always be one step ahead in terms of technology: since April 2014, airberlin passengers with a Pebble or Apple smartwatch (launched in 2015) have been able to send a digital boarding pass to their smartwatch using their iPhone app. Their smartphone and watch are then synchronised and they are able to board using just their smartwatch.
There is no longer any need to open their boarding pass on their iPhone or search for it in their handbag. Here too, airberlin was one of the world’s first airlines to make this technology available to its passengers.
Hannes Schwager concludes: “We’re confident that the future of travel will be increasingly characterised by integrative, mobile technological solutions. We therefore aim to not only be a major part of the future of aviation, but to design it – especially in terms of our passengers.”
Whether it’s to track down Google or enjoy a city break, San Francisco is always worth a visit. From 6th May, airberlin will be operating direct flights from Dusseldorf to the popular metropolitan region in the US state of California, which can be booked at https://flights.airberlin.com/de-DE/fluege-von-duesseldorf-nach-san-francisco. Guest travelling to Germany can fly with airberlin from several destinations in the US non-stop to its hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf.