Austrian Airlines has launched a virtual assistant that provides answers around the clock via Facebook Messenger.
The new myAustrian Messenger Service answers questions on flight status, baggage and service, such as lounge access.
It also helps passengers to search for Austrian Airlines flights and offers travel ideas on request.
A so-called chatbot comprises the basis of the new system. This is an automatic question-answer computer, which is linked to a databank and provides answers to standard questions.
How it works
To us the myAustrian Messenger Service passengers go to the official Austrian Airlines Facebook site at https://facebook.com/AustrianAirlines.
They then click on “Send message” and the new service will open up automatically.
Passengers choose their specific request, and they’ll be sent a reply in a few seconds.
They can also just click on the “Message Us” button on the site.
Karl Höllriegl, the manager responsible for social media at Austrian Airlines:
“The advantage for our customers is getting answers to their inquiries in just a few seconds as well as the round-the-clock support.
“Whoever prefers personal contact will continue to be supported by the service employees of Austrian Airlines.“
In the initial phase, it is only possible to communicate with the myAustrian Messenger Service in English. It will be available in German and other languages in the near future.
Other services will be offered in the future, for example support for Web Check-in.
The myAustrian Messenger Service was developed in cooperation with the agency Ambuzzador and the Austrian startup company TheVentury.
About Austrian Airlines
Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier. Based in Vienna, it is part of the Lufthansa Group.
Routes: Austrian operates a global route network of approximately 130 destinations, being particularly dense in Central and Eastern Europe with 37 destinations.
Fleet: Austrian Airlines currently operates a fleet of 81 aircraft.
- 6 Airbus 321
- 16 Airbus 320
- 7 Airbus 319
- 5 Boeing 777
- 6 Boeing 767
- 18 Bombardier Q400
- 8 Embraer 195
- 10 Fokker 100
- 5 Fokker 70
Passenger numbers: About 11 million per annum.
Alliance: Star Alliance
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