Airbnb has tapped Fred Reid -- the founding CEO of Virgin America and a former Delta president -- to spearhead the company's foray into transportation.

Reid will take on the new role of global head of transportation, charged with cultivating the company's plans to "create opportunities for partners in the travel space by offering them access" to Airbnb. 

Fred Reid
Fred Reid

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said that the home-sharing platform is experimenting with how to best incorporate transportation concepts and partnerships.  

"We haven't settled on exactly what those will look like," said Chesky. "I'm not interested in building our own airline or creating just another place on the Internet where you can buy a plane ticket, but there is a tremendous opportunity to improve the transportation experience for everyone."

Reid comes to Airbnb from Cora Aircraft Program, where he most recently served as president. A division of aviation start-up Kitty Hawk, Cora Aircraft Program said it has developed an air taxi that combines "electric power, self-piloting software and vertical take-off to pioneer an entirely new way to fly."

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