The flight-booking software eWings.com, launched in February 2014 and headquartered in Berlin, has taken up capital in the amount of €1.1 million in a second round of financing. The round was led by Bonn-based venture fund High-Tech Gründerfonds. In addition, FSF Beteiligungs GmbH and Kima Ventures, as well as existing investors, participated in the financing round.
The startup will use the capital injection to further strengthen its product development and push expansion. The vision of eWings is to make booking and managing flights as easy and inexpensive as possible.
“Our fast growth confirms the demand for a simple and efficient flight-booking solution for frequent flyers and business customers,” says Thilo Hardt, managing director and founder of eWings.com. He continues: “Our investors, especially the High-Tech Gründerfonds, are experienced and established partners who will support the implementation of our corporate vision: making booking and managing flights as easy and inexpensive as possible. We optimize the booking process and thus render the services of a travel agency superfluous. Thanks to our high booking volume, we are cheaper than booking online.“
Within the first twelve months after the software’s launch in early 2014, eWings.com has attracted over 3,500 customers. Business clients have access to the airlines’ net rates and are able to choose from over 107,000 flights by over 700 airlines per day. Search results can be compared according to stress level, price, departure, arrival and duration and can be booked within 60 seconds.
eWings Founder Thilo Hardt expains: “We show our customers the final prices right from the beginning, and moreover we do not offer additional sales or charge fees depending on the payment method. One of our biggest customers, for example, who books over 1,000 flights per year, saves over 50,000 euros in service and payment fees this way. This does not even include the time that is saved thanks to faster processes and usability,”