• Stéphane Pingaud

Updated: Sep 18

It’s been nine months since we last posted something on our blog. And what nine months! Who would have expected last December that 2020 will turn out to be the most uncertain year for our industry, ever?


When it became clear that the current crisis would destroy our sales pipeline almost entirely, the question for the team was: what now? Do we focus on “connecting” more airlines to our platform? Or do we concentrate on solving a major feature challenge based on our existing airline integrations?


We chose the latter and decided to take on the challenge of airline ancillary services, with the goal to find the best way to enable the distribution and sales of those in a consistent way across all our connected airlines. As we explained a few months ago at a webinar organised by our friends from IATA, we see ancillary services as taking an even greater role in airlines’ product and commercial strategies as they prepare for the industry’s rebound. Travellers are likely to demand a greater level of customisation in terms of comfort, convenience, flexibility and safety, when they are able and decide to fly again.


For those who are working with the aggregation of airlines’ distribution APIs (NDC and non-NDC), you’d agree that the main difficulty is about defining a data model and a distribution flow that is scalable. And such difficulty increases as you go deeper into the integration of those distribution APIs. That’s clearly the case when you look at ancillary services and how each airline makes them available through their API.


So, here we are, 6 months later, with a pretty solid Add-On Services feature, which now allows our channel partners to:

  • easily sell additional bags for check-in, on top of those included in the fare chosen by the traveller - prior to completing the order;

  • let travellers select, book and pay for their desired seats in advance.


The way we address this challenge was to leverage our basket/{id}/customize API endpoint used to add a previously created Basket the above Add-On Services together with the passengers and payment information.



API Flow Overview

Today, our channel partners can sell add-on bags on Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Vueling, United, and shortly on Aegean Airlines, Olympic Airways, Singapore Airlines and Transavia, while our brand new Advance Seat Reservation feature has been deployed with all Lufthansa Group airlines and Vueling.


Seat Map Display (Testing Tool)

If you would like to check our API documentation, or simply ask some initial questions about our Air Travel API, send us an email at contact@flyiin.com and we’ll be in touch.


  • Stéphane Pingaud

Updated: Oct 7

When it became clear that flyiin would grow as an organisation and as a team, one of our first decisions was to design and implement a personal development program to allow for everyone in the team to grow in their role. Despite being at the very early stage of our journey, we chose to allocate part of our funding to letting all our team members benefit from a €2,000 budget per year, for personal development.


How does this program look like? In a nutshell, anyone who joins our team can, after an initial period, take advantage of this budget and use it for:

  • Individual training sessions, which our super talented Head of People will help you define and implement

  • Coaching and mentoring

  • Participation in her conferences and workshops of choice, and there are some many inspiring ones to choose from

  • Subscription to e-learning courses

  • Books and magazines

... without forgetting German classes, for those who are courageous enough to learn this d... complicated language!


To give you a sense of the opportunities that come with employment at flyiin, here are a few of the really cool conferences that some of us have chosen to attend:

  1. Code Beam Lite Berlin

  2. The 2019 Platform Summit

  3. KubeCon CloudNativeCon Europe 2020


For us at flyiin, giving the opportunity to every team member to improve their knowledge and skills is something, which, even as a young company, we feel strongly about. So strongly that we made it the cornerstone of our employment benefits.


We have openings in our engineering team, and will have soon more in other areas. If training is something that matters to you, and you see any position you may be interested in, get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.


  • Catharina Schulze

How does life at an early stage Start-Up look like? When we think of a Start-Up we usually picture a petit version of Google: epic office space with ‘interesting’ furniture, ping pong and kicker tables, free food and drinks, and many team parties, and events. But truth be told, when you are building up it isn’t so glamorous and cool. But it is fun and impactful.


With our new Instagram account, we intend on documenting our overall life and progress at flyiin, be it working hard (not posing to work hard) or taking a break (since we’ve been working so hard) or enjoying a beer during our Friday beers or company events. We want to give a truthful insight (with some IG filters to make us look prettier - we are already pretty but some glam doesn’t hurt) of what it is to be at flyiin right now and take you all on our awesome unsexy journey as we continue to grow and build and become somewhat glamorous and cool ;)


So, check us out on Instagram and feel part of this awesome journey!





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