PAN AM 

Reviving an American icon

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Details

CLIENT: Designlab

ROLE:  UX research, IA, UI, and visual design

TIMEFRAME: 40 hours

Overview and Challenge

In the wake of Virgin America’s acquisition by Alaska Airlines, iconic airline Pan American Airlines sees a opportunity opening up for a flying experience that’s a cut above the usual. Pan Am wants to make a very strong comeback, and needs a next-level user experience for their new website.

The challenge was to create a responsive website that leads users through the process of booking and managing flights. 

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Research goals

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INTERVIEWS summary

While users were quite comfortable navigating through and booking airfare on a variety of sites and apps, they shared a common frustration over pricing transparency. In addition to using an established UI pattern that users can easily progress through, the Pan Am website should provide users with tips about pricing trends.

Personas

I discovered two general behaviors toward airline loyalty and shopping during my primary research.

Brandon travels frequently for work and vacations. He perceives frequent flyer miles as the primary way to save money long term. 

Anna is a vacation traveler who values price over brand. She will shop a variety of websites including aggregators/third party and airlines in order to find the best price.

 

Definition

Using my primary and secondary research, I began to concept the product.

Project goals identified.

Product feature list.

 

Information Architecture

Flow for booking a flight.

Site map captures screens and content needed for the website.

 

Sketches

Low resolution homepage.

Early testing with users revealed better solutions for the results screen.

 

Wireframes

 

Branding and UI

 

Testing and Iteration

 50% of users tested reported it took them a lot less or a little less time to book their flight than they would have expected.

50% of users tested reported it took them a lot less or a little less time to book their flight than they would have expected.

 66% of users tested indicated the Pan Am website would serve their needs very well or extremely well.

66% of users tested indicated the Pan Am website would serve their needs very well or extremely well.

 100% of users tested reported that it was very easy or extremely easy to book a flight on the website.

100% of users tested reported that it was very easy or extremely easy to book a flight on the website.

Usability testing showed insights into successes and areas that needed improvement.

Testing led to minor changes to labeling and styling that improved clarity for users.

 

Final product

Future considerations

Within six months of the website launch, a rewards mobile app will be developed. The app will incentivize users to enroll, track, and spend Clipper Miles in a unique and engaging way.