Qantas Windows Phone app tracks flight schedules

App prompts passengers to check-in and can store domestic boarding passes

Qantas has launched a free application for Windows Phone which, according to the company, will help passengers keep an eye on how much time they have before their flight boards.

The app uses Windows Live Tiles, a feature which gives the user the ability to `pin’ virtually anything to the phone’s start screen as a tile. Qantas customers can access app information from their start screen, as well as multiple individual flights, without needing to load the app.

The app also works out the passenger’s global positioning system (GPS) location and then prompts them to travel to the airport for check-in by factoring in the estimated travel time required to get to the airport form their location.

Windows Phone Australia business group lead, Megan Howard, said in a statement that the app will update the Live Tile on the passenger’s phone to alert them of how much time they have before take-off and when check-in is open, as well as store mobile boarding passes for domestic flights to “help make travel easier for many passengers.”

In October 2011, Qantas began trialling iPads on one Boeing 767-300 as part of a long-term strategy to introduce wireless technology for in-flight entertainment.

Techworld Australia has contacted Qantas for further comment and is awaiting a response.

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