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.
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