The founder of Airbnb has spoken of his ambitions to “get into the end-to-end trip business”, including the possibility of launching an airline.
Brian Chesky told The Sunday Times said the firm has “seriously considered” a lot of things around aviation and “exploring different concepts”.
He told the newspaper that the firm wanted to challenge its image as a cheap alternative to hotels and become the Amazon of travel.
“Of all the big tech companies, the way Amazon has approached building their business to a one-stop shop for shopping is probably most similar to what we’re trying to do. We want to be a one-stop shop for travel.”
Last week Airbnb announced a series of changes including to categorisations of its inventory, including new high-end luxury properties. It also unveiled a ‘super hosts’ scheme.
The Sunday Times said the firm became profitable last year and expects to hit the $4 billion annual turnover mark.