4 october 2018 by undefined

New flight search startup wants to revolutionize the business

The Swedish-Russian flight search startup Avionero is, on October 4th, launching in Spain. Avionero is a new user friendly flight searching website based on advanced AI technology. Due to their business model, they provide the largest inventory of flights – larger than other price comparison site. Avionero has earlier launched a beta version in Sweden, Russia and USA, with great success.

With the help of this AI-technology, Avionero is the first of its kind in the world to provide live searches with open criteria on price comparison level, which means users can, for example, search flights for a whole country. The team behind Avionero has developed a new user friendly interface deeply connected to behavioural psychology, and they use a modern search technique similar to Google, Amazon, and YouTube. This, to be able to meet the populace, personalise the search results, and obtain relevant recommendations for the user. After three successful beta launches in Sweden, Russia and USA, Avionero is now ready to launch on their next market; Spain.

– After our previous international, or English, version, we are now opening up in Spain, as Spanish is one of the largest languages in the world. Our intentions are truly global, and Spanish gives us access to a broad population. Opening up in Spain, perhaps together with Portugal, also acts a first step towards South America, which is an interesting growing market. The goal for us is simply to become available to as many as possible, CEO and founder Lars Kristensson says.

With a brand new business model – where Avionero works closest to the customers, one step closer than the price comparison websites – Avionero is the next generation online flight searching website. For example, all searches will be presented on one page, which means less tabs open, and a better overview of the different options. By being able to choose open, many, or no dates, the user is also freer and allowed more flexibility, while still getting correct live prices for the dates presented. Avionero personalises the results by not only showing the cheapest alternatives, but also the most relevant flights for the user, giving an effective and more convenient search experience compared to other traditional sites. Additionally, their weekend search feature lets the user search for weekend trips within a certain span of the week, over a number of weeks ahead. The vision ahead is to enable the ability to search for trips based on weather forecast, family vacations with sun and swimming, backpacking trips within a certain budget, or even on address or village you need to visit.

– We've always been developing Avionero with having actual user needs in mind. A lot of people have flexibility in plans which is poorly supported by current solutions on the market and we wanted to encourage this behaviour: Explore, compare flights and be inspired by unexpected options! That was my main challenge in UX: How can we help people to search for flights based on how they actually think about it, rather than how it's constrained by the current technology? Anton Tyulenev, co-founder and UX designer of Avionero says.

Avionero has launched a beta version in Sweden, Russia, and USA. Via a pre seed-round, as well as a seed-round, Avionero has raised almost a million dollars. Now Avionero has opened their A-round of $2.5 million. Recently Avionero created a Gamified Rollout – a poll – where the users can vote for where they should launch next, in a true democratic spirit. Avionero will launch in a new country every three months. The startup company was founded by Lars Kristensson, CEO and System Architect, and Anton Tyulenev, Vice President and Product Designer, in November 2015. The team behind Avionero consists of 13 people located in Sweden, Moscow, Bolivia, and Denmark.