Airlines apps that support email/online form
Low-Cost Carriers vs. Full Service Carriers
When apps are the primary interface, how do customers seek support? How prominent are traditional call centers, chats, social networks? videc’s App in the Sky in the Sky reviews Android apps of 33 low-cost carriers (LCCs) and 77 full-service carriers (FSCs) globally to see how many offered the different types of customer support to their users in 4Q19.
CALL CENTRE/ TELEPHONE SUPPORT
Up to 61% of the LCC apps analyzed listed call center support as against 73% of FSCs in 4Q19. By comparison, this stood at 69% for LCCs and 75% for FSCs in 3Q19.
E-MAIL/ ONLINE FORM SUPPORT
Form-based support stood at 36% for LCC apps and 27% for traditional carriers in 4Q19. Form-based support is often time-consuming and is a slower resolution mode. A fundamental reason behind airlines offering this could be to document all grievances and feedback received from users.
SUPPORT VIA SOCIAL NETWORKING PLATFORMS
A sizable 18% of LCC apps analyzed in 4Q19 offered customer support through the social media platforms built into their apps. For FSCs, customer support via social networks rested at 17% during the same period.
IN-APP CHAT/ MESSAGING SUPPORT
Chatting has emerged as a major customer engagement tool on websites but this has not 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. While 4% of LCCs offered an in-app chat tool in 4Q19, this was at 3% for FSCs.
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. Few airline apps – 5% LCCs and just 4% FSCs – have such integrations in 3Q19. Expect more airlines to be onboarded as a business profile on these platforms, in-turn having a seamless multi-platform chat integration.