Friday, August 31, 2012

FlightStats is hiring!

Ever fly anywhere and have a disruption? Our guess is that you have, and you know just how frustrating it is. 
FlightStats aims to provide data to travelers and the industries that serve them so that the inevitable travel disruptions can be fixed on the fly.

FlightStats, the leading provider of day-of-travel data services and applications to the travel industry is looking to recruit some fine people to its amazing team.  We have two positions available:

Data Services Unit: Software Developer
The Data Services Unit of the company delivers real-time global flight and airport data services that powers many of the world's most popular travel applications.

We're looking for a high-performing Software Developer to join the Data Services team. This individual should be someone who can contribute in many areas ranging from improving legacy code to conceiving new ways to solve challenging data problems. Outstanding candidates will possess a multi-disciplinary background and excel in problem solving.

View complete job description: FlightStats Data Software Developer 

Traveler Services Unit: User Experience Designer - Portland, OR

The company's Traveler Services Unit provides web and mobile applications to the FlightStats community, helping travelers to better manage their travel day. FlightStats' data is seen by millions of people each month, and the company is constantly evolving to offer the best worldwide alerting and tracking services to travelers, and the agencies and developers who serve them.Tr

We're looking for an experienced User Experience Designer to join the FlightStats Traveler Services team. This individual will be our User Experience expert, with responsibility for the design of user experience structures. This includes participating in defining functional interaction requirements, developing prototypes and working closely with the development team to implement designs.

View complete job description: FlightStats User Experience Designer 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

FlightStats Releases New Flex APIs and puts positional data in developers' hands

FlightStats,Inc. the industry-leading publisher of global flight and airport information services, is pleased to announce its next generation of Web Services: FlightStats Flex Web Services APIs. This new suite of APIs unlocks FlightStats' outstanding flight data covering approximately 99.5% of U.S. flights, and better than 80% of commercial flights worldwide. FlightStats powers the world's most popular mobile travel applications such as Kayak, TripIt, and Mobiata; flight search on the major search engines; flight boards at major airports and hotels; and supplies flight alerts on behalf of airlines, corporate travel agencies, and app developers.

FlightStats' New Developer Center
FlightStats new developer center. 

The FlightStats Flex APIs enable companies and app developers to track flight status in near real-time, follow flights in progress, build map-based trackers, query flight schedules and availability, and supplement these data with detailed airport information. Developers use these building blocks to create applications that make modern air travel better for passengers. The Flex APIs were developed in response to customer feedback from the developers of leading travel applications. The new RESTful APIs provide data in XML, JSON, and JSONP formats. The SOAP protocol is also supported.

FlightStats is also launching a new developer center leveraging the 3scale API Management platform, making it easier for developers to explore the APIs and develop their applications. The new FlightStats Developer Center has easy-to-use interactive documentation and robust monitoring capabilities with customer-facing analytics.

"Travelers generate more than 5 million queries to FlightStats each day to help deal with the complicated logistics of air travel. FlightStats leads the pack with the best and most complete data available worldwide. Our APIs help developers leverage that data to create compelling and useful travel applications," said FlightStats, Inc. CEO, Jeff Kennedy. "With the new Flex APIs and the 3scale API Management platform, we are making our customers' development process easier and helping to get their applications up and running quickly."

The FlightStats Flex APIs will serve mobile developers, airports, airlines, travel agencies, and ground transportation companies. API details can be found in the new FlightStats Developer Center.
Read the full release.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FlightStats makes Inc's 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list

Portland based FlightStats makes Inc's 5000 Fastest Growing Private companies. The company earned the sixth spot of the top private travel companies on the list and fifteenth of Portland companies.

America’s fastest growing private companies span 25 industries in all 50 states. New York City had the most honorees, with 350--three more than runner-up Washington, D.C. Nearly half the winners had revenues between $2 million and $10 million, more than 50 took in over $1 billion. See the complete Inc's 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies list.