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Airbnb is working on a new flight-booking tool


The home-rental startup Airbnb Inc. may soon do more than just help you find a place to stay during your next trip. 

Bloomberg reports the company is developing its own flight-booking feature, known as Flights, to help it compete with the likes of Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz, and Kayak. 

Airbnb is shooting to have Flights up and running before its initial public offering, which is scheduled for some time in 2018, according to Mashable.

Airbnb's move to expand into flight-booking is no surprise. Just last month, the company introduced its Airbnb Trips initiative, which focuses on tours, restaurant reservations and other travel services. 

“Until now, Airbnb has been about homes,” Brian Chesky, Airbnb's CEO said in a release last month. “Airbnb is launching Trips, bringing together where you stay, what you do, and the people you meet all in one place. We want to make travel magical again by putting people back at the heart of every trip.”

Bloomberg reports the 8-year-old startup is currently valued at $30 billion, but the company has made it clear it intends to eventually be a site where a person can plan their entire vacation. 

Last month Steve Hafner, the CEO of Kayak, said he wasn't concerned about Airbnb getting into the flight-booking business because so many other accommodation companies have tried and failed, according to Bloomberg. 

Last month, Airbnb's CEO showed off new website and app designs during a presentation in Los Angeles. 

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