AIRLINE APPS THAT DO NOT OFFER CALL CENTRE SUPPORT
AIRLINE APPS THAT DO NOT OFFER EMAIL/ONLINE FORM SUPPORT
Customer support features on airline Android apps include integrations across call centers, chat services, social networks, etc. videc’s App in the Sky reviews the customer support status available on 110 airlines Android apps.
CALL CENTRE/ TELEPHONE SUPPORT
Up to 69% of the total of 110 airlines analyzed had the functionality to dial the call center. This seems relatively low considering most users would resort to this feature first in case of problems, especially if when they are in transit.
E-MAIL/ ONLINE FORM SUPPORT
There is a huge delta between telephone and form-based support in airline Android apps and for good reason. Still, 30% of airline apps have integrated an e-mail/form based support mechanism. A fundamental reason behind it could be to document all grievances and feedback.
SUPPORT VIA SOCIAL NETWORKING PLATFORMS
Most airlines today have presence on varied social networking platforms. Yet only 17% of the airline apps analyzed integrated social network channels for customer support in 4Q19, increased from 9% in 3Q19.
IN-APP CHAT/ MESSAGING SUPPORT
Chatting has emerged as a major customer engagement tool on website but this has not widely translated into an in-app feature. Airlines have been rather slow in integrating messaging platforms within their apps. Part of the reason could be integration issues itself, ultimately leading to a heavier app, apart from privacy issues. Only 4% of the airline apps supported in-app messaging in 4Q19 which is down from 6% in 3Q19.
THIRD-PARTY CHAT/ MESSAGING SUPPORT
These are relatively early days for messaging services such as Facebook Messenger, WeChat or Line to roll out business profiles that could communicate with individual users. As a result, very few airlines – 3% – have such integrations. But expect more airlines to be onboarded as a business profile on these platforms; ultimately, these communications take place on platforms customers are most comfortable with, and offer a broad range of back-end analytics for the airlines.