Airbus launches online booking tool allowing users to choose aircraft type

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A visitor looks at Airbus's A380 flight model during Japan Aerospace 2016 air show in Tokyo, Japan, October 12, 2016. Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

Airbus has launched a one-of-a-kind online booking tool that allows users to choose the type of aircraft they wanted. The company said that ifly380.com is the first and only flight search system that can perform such feature heralding the new trend in flight differentiation.

The online tool website features all A380 flights that passengers can choose from. They can explore all A380 destinations and the on-board services offered by each type. The online tool is easy-to-use as three information were needed to start the search process. The passengers must select the travel dates, departure location and destination, and then the search result will show all relevant flights on the A380. The results indicate the price, itinerary and carrier available. The online tool will redirect the passenger to the carrier's website to finalise the booking.

Airbus claimed that according to the independent survey, Epinion: Independent agency surveying passengers arriving on A380 flights at London Heathrow, 98 percent of A380 passengers would recommend flying on the A380 to their friends and family. The independent survey has revealed the 60 percent of the respondents were willing to make an extra effort to fly with the aircraft. The A380 was awarded by Global Traveller Magazine as the Best Aircraft Type.

According to Airbus, there were 170 million passengers who have flown with the A380 on over 110 routes and 55 destinations in 32 countries, with a total of 2,000 flights per week. The aircraft featurs unparalleled comfort in all classes including widest seats even in the economy class. It also offers the quietest and smoothest flight. The business and first class type offer amenities such as showers, beds, lounges and bars.

The A380 aircraft is currently flying different premier airlines including Qantas, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa and British Airways. Air France, Asiana Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways International also fly using A380.

The company announced in January that it was developing a single-person flying car. The flying car is a helicopter-style vehicle that could take off and land vertically. It would likely use the quadcopter-style drone of Ehang.

Airbus chief executive officer Tom Enders said that the company aimed to produce a clean vehicle. He said that using the skies may help in cost reduction for infrastructures in the city. The flying car is expected to be launched by the end of the year. The Skyways project was in its development stage that would be tested in the National University of Singapore.