We’ve talked a lot about how cell phones and blackberries are changing the travel experience in-flight. But there is plenty of action happening on the ground too. And rightly so. Nowadays, it’s pretty important to have up-to-the-minute flight information at your fingertips. This way, you’ll know when your aircraft is scheduled to (eventually) take off, or when it makes sense to get on the road to pick up your cousin at the airport.
British Airways gets a gold star for its innovation in this regard. Available for free at the iTunes store, the carrier’s application for Apple iPhone users in the UK gives real-time flight arrival and departure information, the full BA timetable, and enables access to the carrier’s web site. Blackberry customers in the UK can also synch their booking to their online calendar and receive online check-in reminders.
The application has enjoyed extraordinary success and has exceeded expectations since its 10 July launch. “We’re hoping this will be available to US passengers later this year,” says BA, noting that there is no set US launch date as yet (a shame).
Dependent on the success of this trial, BA “will look to rollout to the rest of the world”, reveals the carrier.
Note to the world’s airlines: it’s time to make a similar leap. Kudos to American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines for moving quickly to offer web apps for iPhone users.
Other fun programmes in the iPhone web apps travel category include Vegas.com Mobile Concierge, which allows you to “discover Sin City on-the-go”; the Florida Beach Webcam Network, a collection of webcams across many of Florida’s beaches (you’ll know which ones to avoid); and Taxi Please, which helps you score a taxi before the other poor sods.