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Monday, 11 February, 2019, 10 : 45 AM [IST]

Airbnb announces Fred Reid as Global Head of Transportation

Airbnb has announced that aviation industry pioneer Fred Reid has joined Airbnb as Global Head of Transportation. In his role, Fred will focus on building partnerships and services that make travel seamless while delivering the kind of people-to-people hospitality Airbnb is known for around the world.  

“There was a time when getting on a plane was a magical trip of its own, but over the years, how you get to where you are going has become an experience we endure, not enjoy. We believe that needs to change,” said Brian Chesky, CEO & Head of Community, Airbnb Co-Founder. “We could not ask for anyone better to take on this monumental task than Fred, and I am honored that he has agreed to work with us.”

“Airbnb and its incredible global community have revolutionised where you stay and what you can do when you travel,” said Fred Reid, Global Head of Transportation, Airbnb. “I am excited to work with them to tackle the third part of the travel experience: how you get there. Whether in the air or on the ground, there are tremendous opportunities to create products and forge partnerships with other companies that make travel easier and even fun. Realising those opportunities will take years and require constant experimentation, and I am truly honored to have the chance to take on such an audacious challenge with this team.”

“We are going to explore a broad range of ideas and partnerships that can make transportation better. We have not settled on exactly what those will look like,” added Chesky. “I am not interested in building our own airline or creating just another place on the internet where you can buy a plane ticket, but there is a tremendous opportunity to improve the transportation experience for everyone.” 

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