Uber takes flight with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

AMSTERDAM, October 28, 2014 – Uber and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines have taken their vision of the seamless journey to the next level by integrating the Uber travel planner at klm.com/uber. The Uber travel planner shows available Uber options and rates at every destination. The platform allows passengers to schedule a seamless door to door journey. Travellers who book a flight on KLM.com to selected European destinations get their Uber rides for free up to €30.

CREATING THE SEAMLESS JOURNEY

Uber and KLM are dedicated to create a seamless door to door journey for all passengers. The integrated Uber travel planner on the KLM website enables passengers to plan their trip from start to finish by providing all available Uber options, rates and travel times from their home or office to their departure airport, and — after the flight has landed — from their arrival airport to the final destination.

“Integrating Uber’s planning software into KLM’s reservation platform makes planning your next KLM journey easier and more convenient”, says Niek van Leeuwen, General Manager Uber Netherlands. “Integrating this feature on the KLM website is an important next step towards our vision of the seamless journey, which integrates all possible transportation options for your journey into a convenient single platform”.

KLM INTEGRATED THE UBER API

Dutch airline KLM was one of the first companies to take advantage of Uber’s recent decision to open up its application programming interface (API) to developers who want to integrate the Uber service into their website or app. KLM believes the integrated platform offers great benefits to its passengers. “At KLM we always strive to improve our passengers’ complete journey, and that includes traveling to and from their departure and destination airport”, says Martijn van der Zee, Senior Vice President E-commerce at Air France-KLM. “The Uber planner is a simple tool using Uber’s API to give our passengers an overview of the stretches Uber is available, the price for the journey and the travel time involved. The campaign is a first experiment using a third party API and we’re eager to see the results.”