Airbnb Founder Considering Opening Airline
The founder of Airbnb has revealed he's considering plans to open his own airline in an attempt to create a 'one-stop shop for travel'.
Billionaire Brian Chesky, 36, already has over four million listings on his home-share app, but is now considering branching out into aviation.
He said he's looking to model his company on Amazon, which is probably a pretty good idea, considering it's the biggest e-tailer on the planet and turns over billions a year.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, he said: "We've seriously considered a lot of things around aviation and we've spent a lot of time exploring different concepts.
"We definitely want to make sure, though, that we can get into the end-to-end trip business."
Before adding: "Of all the big tech companies, the way Amazon has approached building their business to a one-stop shop for shopping is probably most similar to what we're trying to do. We're trying to be a one-stop shop for travel."
Airbnb is already one of the biggest tech firms in the world, with an estimated value of £22billion. It has over 300 million users and, if Brian does decide to branch out into flights, could be serious competition for established airlines.
The company has some absolutely amazing places you can rent - not least this entire pub in Ireland:
Conroy's Old Bar in County Tipperary, Ireland is a 'traditionally characterful, authenticly Irish' and if you're planning a trip to Ireland you'd be a fool not to stay here, because he doesn't want to spend an entire weekend in a pub?
According to its listing: "Conroy's Old Bar is especially suited to those who have a love of the great outdoors, who would like to experience the true beauty and tranquility of rural Ireland, whilst staying in a converted authentic Irish village bar.
Adding that it is a 'village bar, discreetly converted into self catering accommodation'.
For the price of around €100 (£90) per night, you get two bedrooms, a lounge with an open log fire and everything else you'd expect of a traditional pub.
Sign me up.
Source: The Sunday Times
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