Qantas App hits marketplace, seems Australia only for now

Qantas App hits marketplace, seems Australia only for now

Qantas have just announced the much awaited Qantas for Windows Phone App, which was first shown off way back at MIX 11 (almost a year ago) has finally been released onto the marketplace. It doesn’t quite look the same as when we last saw it, with Qantas deciding to take a white background as opposed to a black background we saw on the app before and for the time being it seems to be an Aussie only app (surprising since we’re sure lot’s of non-Australians would use Qantas).

Megan Howard, Windows Phone Business Group Lead, said the Qantas app takes full advantage of the unique capabilities of Windows Phone Live Tiles and is an exciting addition to the app portfolio.

“One of the innovative features of the Windows Phone interface is Live Tiles, which allows people to see information they’ve selected on the phone’s start screen; without opening and loading applications. Travellers need only glance down at the dynamic Live Tile of the Qantas app to instantly receive clear and up to date information around their itinerary  – helping to avoid those stressful last minute dashes to check-in, or even worse, missed flights!” said Megan Howard.

“Our Marketplace is the fastest growing app store in Australia and we are thrilled to partner with Qantas, such an iconic Australian brand, to really showcase the capabilities of the Windows Phone platform. Through features like check-in prompts, mobile boarding passes, real time bag drop updates and gate changes, this app will help make travel easier for many passengers,” added Howard.

From first glance, it seems that booking flights from the app is not an option as of yet and it’s a little basic for now. You would of course get the full benefit of the app if you were to have a Qantas Membership number (which we don’t) and a flight itinerary (which we don’t) for the app to fully function (so we’re unable to fully try the app out at this point). Other than that, the app allows you to locate which Australian Airports have lounges and the same for international airports. Emergency contact numbers both locally and internationally are also given, making it easier to plan for an emergency which may arise.

The app itself does boast live tiles where you can pin multiple flights to your homescreen for live updating. Furthermore, the app does take into factor your GPS and location in order to estimate travel time to get to the airport and the Live Tile will prompt you to get going for the Airport so you don’t miss your flight (a welcome feature of course for us frequent travellers).

Overall, it’s a thrill to have this app in the marketplace and we hope more airlines implement the features we’ve seen in the Qantas App, because they’re extremely useful and we hope to take full advantage of this app soon.

  

Download the Qantas App here – Qantas WP7

PRESS RELEASE

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Provides Stress-Free Travel for Aussies

New Qantas App Launches on Windows Phone Marketplace

 

Sydney, 5 April 2012: Missing a flight may become a thing of the past with a new Windows Phone application developed by Microsoft in partnership with Qantas launching today. Available exclusively on Microsoft’s Windows Phone, the free Qantas app will make travelling easier than ever before by helping passengers keep abreast of the current status of their Qantas flight schedule and prompting them to check in.

The Qantas Windows Phone app is a smarter travel app that takes advantage of the Windows Phone Live Tiles. Qantas customers can ‘pin’ the app to their start screen, as well as multiple individual flights, enabling ‘glance and go’ status updates without needing to open and load the actual app.

In an Australian first for any airline, the app works out the customer’s current GPS location and, by factoring in the estimated travel time required to get to the airport, the Live Tile will prompt them when it’s time to leave to help the customer arrive in time for the booked flight.

As the flight departure time draws near the app will continue to update the Live Tile on the passenger’s start screen to alert them of how much time they have before take-off and when check-in is open to assist their travel experience. The app is able to store mobile boarding passes for domestic flights, saving even more time and allowing passengers to head straight to the gate.

Megan Howard, Windows Phone Business Group Lead, said the Qantas app takes full advantage of the unique capabilities of Windows Phone Live Tiles and is an exciting addition to the app portfolio.

“One of the innovative features of the Windows Phone interface is Live Tiles, which allows people to see information they’ve selected on the phone’s start screen; without opening and loading applications. Travellers need only glance down at the dynamic Live Tile of the Qantas app to instantly receive clear and up to date information around their itinerary  – helping to avoid those stressful last minute dashes to check-in, or even worse, missed flights!” said Megan Howard.

“Our Marketplace is the fastest growing app store in Australia and we are thrilled to partner with Qantas, such an iconic Australian brand, to really showcase the capabilities of the Windows Phone platform. Through features like check-in prompts, mobile boarding passes, real time bag drop updates and gate changes, this app will help make travel easier for many passengers,” added Howard.

John Lonergan, Head of Qantas Direct, said Qantas is committed to developing innovate platforms to improve customer experience.

“The Qantas app for Windows Phone offers our customers another platform for making their travel experience even simpler.  The app keeps track of flight itineraries, sends check-in reminders and provides real-time flight updates.  For travel within Australia it even stores mobile boarding passes.  Windows Phone offers great functionality and we are excited to be launching an app for this platform,’ he said.

The Qantas app joins a stable of over 70,000 apps already available on Marketplace for Windows Phone.


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