COLOGNE/BONN – From bus to Airbus: as of 26 March, customers will be able to book tickets for travel with mobility provider FlixBus directly in the Eurowings app. In a first step, Eurowings and FlixBus will be offering trips from over 300 points of departure to initially three top airports in Germany: Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Munich. Tickets for some connections are available for as little as 4.99 euros.
Following the existing cooperation with ‘mytaxi’ (passengers can book or pre-order a taxi directly from the Eurowings app) and the cooperation with hotel provider HRS, the cooperation with FlixBus is the next strategic step towards creating a smart travel platform for Eurowings customers. “Thanks to partnerships like the one with FlixBus, Eurowings is increasingly becoming a digital travel companion for its customers, accompanying them along every step of their journey and making a rich range of digital products and services available to them at the same time,” says Eurowings Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Oliver Wagner. This strategy has a clear goal: “Soon, we want to be able to seamlessly offer our customers the entire travel experience, beyond just the flight: the inspiration for the trip, the drive to the airport, their hotel stay, an event at their destination – and much, much more.”
“The cooperation between FlixBus, Europe’s largest long-distance bus travel provider and Germany’s largest domestic airline Eurowings is a logical move,” says Daniel Krauss, co-founder and CIO of FlixMobility, the parent company of FlixBus. “It sets a strong signal for how mobility can be intelligently networked through digitalization.” For travelers, the additional FlixBus option is ideal, says Krauss: “Booking a trip from your front door to your flight’s destination – it doesn’t get better than this.” He adds that FlixBus and Eurowings are already considering additional possibilities for cooperation.
The partnership between Eurowings and Flixbus is – like the mytaxi cooperation before it – made possible by the digital platform Yilu. Thanks to Yilu’s tech solutions, Eurowings customers can book their bus tickets in the airline’s customer app without having to leave the digital environment of the airline.
At Eurowings, the subsidiary Eurowings Digital is responsible for bringing the ‘digital travel companion’ to life for customers, as well as for the bundling and further development of all of the airline’s customer-relevant digital activities. The new company, based in Cologne, launched to high acclaim and has already received several thousand applications without doing much PR. Oliver Wagner emphasizes that an amount in the high double-digit millions will be invested and that the expansion of Eurowings Digital will be vigorously advanced: “Eurowings Digital will be hiring roughly 150 digital experts over the next three years and significantly increasing the ‘digital footprint’ of our airline in the aviation industry.”
Eurowings is the low-cost airline of Lufthansa Group, making it part of the world’s largest aviation group. With a rapidly growing fleet of currently 185 aircraft, Eurowings specializes in affordable non-stop flights within Europe. The German carrier offers flights to over 210 destinations in over 50 countries around the world, making it Europe’s third-largest low-cost airline after Ryanair and Easyjet. Last year, the company carried over 40 million passengers for the first time and expanded its staff to around 10,000 employees.
FlixMobility is a young mobility provider, offering new alternatives for convenient, affordable and environmentally-friendly travel via the FlixBus and FlixTrain brands. Thanks to a unique business model and innovative technology, the startup has quickly established Europe's largest long-distance bus network and launched the first green long-distance trains in 2018. Since 2013, FlixMobility has changed the way over 100 million people have traveled and created thousands of new jobs in the mobility industry.
Yilu is the smart platform for travel. Offering an end-to-end travel platform powered by a rich logic layer, Yilu makes it easy for airlines and hotel chains to provide personalised recommendations and relevant information to their customers while connecting with a global ecosystem of service providers. With great attention to research and user insights, Yilu ensures a smooth journey for the traveller and creates growth opportunities for travel companies. Backed by the Lufthansa Group, the fast-growing Yilu team is based in Berlin. Further information is available at www.yiluhub.com.