VariFlight unveils new travel data intelligence arm Airsavvi

Chinese aviation data technology provider VariFlight is expanding its South-east Asia operations with the launch of a global brand dedicated to providing flight data and customised analytics to business partners.

Airsavvi, which fully inherits VariFlight’s aviation data intelligence on 1,279 airlines and 10,968 airports globally, aims to help travel businesses grow by building smarter data application capabilities. It also provides additional data on land-based transportation like high-speed railways and ride-hailing.

The launch of VariFlight’s new travel data intelligence arm Airsavvi also saw the signing of partnership between Airsavvi and its launch customer Indian OTA MakeMyTrip and its subsidiary Goibibo (From left: Airsavvi’s Jia Guo, MakeMyTrip’s Sharath)

Its railway coverage now spans China, Japan, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France, the UK, the Netherlands and Italy, for which it provides data on schedule changes, connections and travelling distance.

This comprehensive coverage of different types of travel data, along with the brand’s prominent algorithms and computing power, will provide data-driven and more insightful support for travel and transportation companies worldwide.

Zheng Hongfeng, founder and CEO of VariFlight, said at the launch ceremony: “It is the market that calls for a service like Airsavvi. As a tech company that has gone through the era of web 1.0 and mobile Internet, and now the era of AI and IoT, we have spotted the transition of market demands from simply integrating data into existing business processes to building a more intelligent and flexible capability to adapt to new business scenarios with the help of data. Airsavvi is designed to help build that capability.”

VariFlight’s vice president Simon Li told TTG Asia that although Airsavvi is already working with Chinese OTA Ctrip and Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi, the new travel data intelligence company also aims to open dialogues with other ride-hailing companies in South-east Asia such as Grab.

“One of the challenges in the travel industry is that aviation is developing very quickly, but it is not the only sector doing so. It is becoming increasingly interconnected with the broader transport industry. We hope to increase our market share, and we are already seeing a lot of interest among our clients for this service,” he shared.

To complement its launch, Airsavvi signed a partnership with Indian OTA MakeMyTrip and its subsidiary Goibibo as their data provider.

Li explained: “Airsavvi will provide more personalised customer service to meet our business clients’ needs. A lot of data companies provide the standard products and solutions, but we want to be more individualised. We will have one dedicated solution manager for each business partner, providing 24/7 service to them.”

VariFlight will continue to operate its eponymous app that provides airline schedules, live flight statuses and real-time service data for airports and aircraft in China, covering over 94 per cent of global commercial flights.

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