The standard for customer service should be that passengers receive proactive communication about flight disruptions - as they happen - with clear information about the next steps and passenger options in the language, and channel (voice, text, etc.) of their choice. That standard should be that passengers can reach out to airlines in the channel of their choice, they are greeted by name, asked if they are calling about an upcoming flight, and given the option to self-service while holding their place in line or waiting on hold or for a call-back. The bar should be set so that passengers deserve a more inclusive customer service experience, and should not have to wait for hours on hold to schedule the assistance they need during transit.
Because customers were able to resolve their inquiries through customer self-service, hold times drop and agents can handle more complicated requests. At the same time, customer satisfaction and trust rise, and the American air travel experience truly improves.
Automation can help make each of these expectations a reality. Better yet, automation is cost-effective (cents, not dollars), scalable according to demand (unlike call centers), and easily integrates with the systems airlines are already using.
We at NLX echo your calls for airlines to provide better customer support to passengers and stand ready to help airlines improve their customer support through best-in-class automation.
NLX is one of eight AWS Conversational AI Partners and an AWS Travel and Hospitality Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Competency Partner. Our clients include some of the world’s largest airlines that are actively trying to improve their support, but there’s more that can be done. One client, in particular, called NLX’s automated, personalized self-service solution “A win for customers, a win for employees, and a win for stakeholders.”
We call on you, Secretary Pete, to be our ally and continue to be a champion for all passengers and flyers. Easily implementable solutions exist today. We invite you to experience the difference automated, personalized customer-self service can make during travel for yourself here, or watch here. Under your leadership, The United States Department of Transportation has a unique opportunity to advance the American air travel experience through passenger support.
The time to act is now, ahead of the busy winter holiday travel season where weather and dramatic increases in air travel heavily impact airlines annually.
NLX is happy to meet with you to discuss the solution further.
As you once said, “The world is changing, but it is not changing on its own.” We’re ready to seize this opportunity with you to make a difference.
NLX CEO and Chief Product Officer
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