Sit down in any airport lounge for a few minutes and it'd be hard to find anyone in the below 35-age group not playing with his smartphone.
Youngsters, it seems, take greater delight in interacting with smartphones than in communicating with their fellow humans.
Yes, smartphones are here to stay.
And with proliferation of smartphones has come an increasing bunch of travel applications.
Just check in the travel category of Apple's AppStore and you'll find a gazillion apps for the iPhone.
FlightView, an app that works with the iPhone, is one of the travel apps that has found favor with travelers.
Launched in June 2010, the FlightView app provides travelers useful information such as flight schedules, real-time flight status and current weather conditions in the palm of your hand.
FlightView's iPhone app is said to have been downloaded by 600,000 users. An impressive number considering the tons of apps on the AppStore.
Now, FlightView has put out an upgrade of its popular travel app.
Where’s My Plane?
A key element of the FlightView upgrade is ‘Where’s My Plane?’ – a feature that lets travelers see exactly where their flight’s inbound plane is located so that they can anticipate boarding and take-off times more accurately.
If the aircraft has flown other flights in the previous two days, users can view each route sequentially for insight into on-time performance.
‘Where’s My Plane?’ is available for several flights including those on United Airlines, Virgin America, West Jet, JetBlue and British Air.
In the other highlight of the upgrade, travel notifications and airport directions, previously available only in FlightView Elite, is now offered to FlightView and FlightView Free app users as well.
The notifications are said to push important day-of-travel information like updates on delays, cancellations and terminal and gate locations to a user’s iPhone, creating a more informed airport visit for both travelers and those planning curbside pickup.
FlightView 2.0 includes other enhancements such as Twitter integration for easier sharing of flight details with friends and family and a new flight status category – “Expected” – to remove confusion over international flights with limited data availability.
FlightView for the iPhone continues to be available in three versions - Free, a 99 cent app and a $3.99 Elite version.