If you could design the ‘perfect flying experience,’ how would it look?
Last April, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky asked his Twitter followers that question, and they came up with some intriguing ideas that included in-flight karaoke and bunk beds on the plane! But Chesky condensed their responses to three main issues—'faster, cheaper, better experience.’ This week, he is hinting that Airbnb may take action on those suggestions, telling the Sunday Times of London that the platform is looking to get into the ‘end-to-end trip business.’ Is there an Airbnb Airlines in our future?
Jasper is joined by Nicole Prentice Williams, VP of Strategic Partnerships for Hostfully, to discuss the possibility of Airbnb entering the aviation space. They discuss the creative suggestions proposed by Chesky’s Twitter followers as well as Jason Steffen’s boarding research.
Nicole and Jasper also cover the story of a Canadian grandmother who is suing the platform for her stay in what she called a ‘university pot ghetto,’ the abrupt cancellation of bookings in Beijing during China’s annual parliament, and Danny Glover’s efforts to promote pro-Airbnb legislation in New York. Listen in for hacks to improve your own flying experience and insight on the future direction of Airbnb.
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