FlightCheck service brings flight information via SMS to mobile
Posted on 26-Aug-2008 08:07
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New Zealand-based YouTXT Ltd is launching a service that allows air travellers with a mobile phone to receive information about their flights.
Users need only to send a SMS with any arrival or departure flight number to the shortcode 8808 and receive instant flight information - including arrival, departure, delays and cancellations.
Web users can also search for flight numbers or look at all New Zealand airports' departures and arrivals online.
The FlightCHECK software has been designed and developed to offer travellers (as well as meeters and greeters) real-time domestic and international flight information.
"Texts cost 50 cents," says John-Daniel Trask, the FlightCHECK CIO. "That's a small price to pay compared to needlessly waiting around for a late flight, getting up early to get to an airport only to find out your flight is delayed or making a wasted journey to the airport to pick someone up."
"FlightCHECK is the only flight information service of its kind currently available in New Zealand, because it covers every airport and every air carrier," says Sam Allen, Director of FlightCHECK.
"Other services of this kind are either carrier specific - for instance, Air New Zealand flights only - or location specific, such as Auckland Airport's arrivals and departures only."
Unlike other flight checking services, FlightCHECK can also be used to query most flight information in Australia, the Americas, and a majority of Europe and Asia, so if travellers have connecting flights outside New Zealand they can check to see if those connections are on time.
As well as being available to the general public, FlightCHECK is also available under licence as a private service for companies such as travel agents or airlines who wish to rebrand and augment FlightCHECK with sales and marketing information to provide a unique service/experience, tailored to their customers.