Air France claims that it is meeting the needs of its increasingly connected customers by offering them its services on different vocal assistant platforms. Wherever they are in the world, Air France customers can now check the status of their flight, consult departure and arrival times and find out about the services available onboard with the Google Assistant, available on smart speakers and compatible telephones.
“OK Google, speak to Air France…”
“I want to know if my flight AF1234 is delayed”, “I want to know about the services onboard flight AF1234”, “I want to know the departure terminal of flight AF1234” are some of the questions customers can ask using the Google Assistant. Similarly, Air France already offers these services with Alexa, Amazon’s virtual voice assistant.
Louis, the Air France chatbot, offers customers assistance and support throughout the summer
Louis, the Air France chatbot, informs the company’s customers throughout their trip, in real-time, 24/7, on the Facebook instant messenger app.
Air France has 10 million fans and followers on social networks. The company is able to respond to up to 10,000 messages per day, in nine languages, thanks to the combined expertise of its service agents and chatbots.
What’s more, on Messenger, customers now have access to a new payment system allowing them to book their tickets without leaving the app.
The Air France app
With seven million downloads, the Air France app is evolving constantly and offers new features to assist customers during their trip, including:
Real-time airport access indications with geo-localisation – irrespective of the customer’s location, they can plan their commute time to the airport thanks to a multi-transport itinerary (car, public transport, etc.).
A guided airport tour through to the boarding gate – a map is automatically offered to the customer indicating how to get to their boarding gate, making it easier for them to find their way around the airport.
Real-time baggage tracking – each customer receives a notification informing them of the whereabouts of their baggage throughout the trip and the number of the carousel where they can collect their baggage on arrival.
Michael Flood is the Editor of Ireland's leading travel industry publication, Irish Travel Trade News. With more than 35 years experience, he has accumulated an in-depth knowledge of the airline industry and the travel and tourism world.