AirTran Airways is the latest carrier to expand its mobile Web services, and will allow flyers to book flights, change or even cancel their itineraries via a mobile device. Previously, travelers were able to view flight status and check-in for flights from a mobile device.
“We’re always looking for ways to provide AirTran Airways customers with easier access to our Web site and services,” said Tad Hutcheson, vice president of marketing and sales for Orlando-based AirTran Airways. “With this expanded application, our passengers can make travel plans at the touch of a button. And now that AirTran’s entire fleet is Wi-Fi equipped, customers can use these services from 30,000 feet.”
Automated Travel Assistance Lets Users Chill Out With Android Handsets
This week TripChill, a mobile service provider of automated travel assistance to business and leisure travelers, announced that it would now offer a feature-rich Web browser experience for Google Android-enabled smartphones. This gives users the ability to manage a TripChill itinerary while on the road, allowing hardened “road warriors” the ability to send travel updates to colleagues and relatives. This could include flight departure and pending arrival times, so users could know when to pick someone up or change a meeting time if necessary.
The services provider has also released an offline viewing option for both Android and iPhone users, and this is meant for those times when reviewing an itinerary online isn’t possible, such as when the flight is in the air (without Wi-Fi access), and the phone is in airplane mode.
China TransInfo Introduces Real-Time Traffic Information
Just two decades ago car ownership was practically insignificant in China, but now cars are everywhere and traffic is getting to be a problem. To help drivers in the People’s Republic of China, China TransInfo has introduced a real-time traffic information app for handsets on China Telecom’s Surfing Space App Market, also known as the AppMarket.
The marketplace launched only last month, and has already become a leading app source for more than 400 mobile phone and PC software applications and is aimed at China Telecom’s 43.8 million mobile subscribers. Currently all of the software is available for free, and this will last throughout the beta phase, with a paid model going into effect when the service has its official commercial launch in the coming months.
Palmcity Live-Traffic is now available, and is the first real-time traffic information mobile app on the service. The app should help users navigate through China’s increasingly congested streets, and used technology from China TransInfo Group, which currently is the largest integrated platform and commuter traffic media platform builder and operator in China.
Mobile Travel App of the Week:
ioVector – BlackBerry 8300 and 8800 Series, as well as Bold and Peal users can now plot their vectors with this new free app from Intellione. The provider of traffic information for consumers, businesses and governments has released this BlackBerry app, which delivers accurate traffic maps, travel times and easy local search to users, with versions planned for other smartphones. And unlike other GPS navigation apps, ioVector downloads quickly, and won’t be a battery hog.
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