Amadeus and Malaysia Airlines launch Facebook chat bot for bookings

Malaysia Airlines, together with Amadeus, has launched MHchat, a new feature which helps travellers’ book flights and pay through the social media app, Facebook Messenger.

Jointly developed with Malaysia Airlines as its pilot customer, the Amadeus chatbot for airlines is a new solution designed to make it easier for travellers to book flights, retrieve bookings, and ask questions through a platform customers are already familiar with.

On Facebook Messenger, Malaysia Airlines’ customers can use MHchat if they want to look up flights, or ask a question related to a booking, and it will search, locate and push offers or information. Travellers can even complete a transaction, make a secure payment and receive the travel itinerary all within the same app.

Designed to mimic human conversation, MHchat acts like a true ‘travel buddy’ that aims to understand what the traveller needs, 24/7.

“More personalised and integrated services”

Captain Izham Ismail, CEO, Malaysia Airlines said, “Customer experience is a key priority for Malaysia Airlines and we are deeply committed to constantly improving it. Our digital transformation strategy lies at the heart of this, as we continuously harness new and innovative technologies to enhance all touch points for our guests.

“We are pleased to partner with Amadeus on the launch of MHchat, and we are excited to be the first in Malaysia to bring this to travellers. We were very pleased with Amadeus’ ability to deliver this innovative solution within the short time frame of a few months. We look forward to further exploring how we can deliver more personalised and integrated services for our customers.”

“Turnaround transformation initiatives…. to improve the customer experience”

Cyril Tetaz, executive vice president, airlines, Asia Pacific, Amadeus, added: “We are very delighted to work with Malaysia Airlines on its digital transformation; MHchat is a testimony to the airline’s commitment to evolve its digital channels.

“Agility is crucial when working on innovative digital solutions, and working together with Malaysian Airlines, we have delivered this innovative platform in three months. Many airlines are embarking on turnaround transformation initiatives, driven by a real will to address competition but above all to improve the customer experience.”

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