Monday, September 23, 2013

Leading Global Airline Uses FlightStats Japanese/English API in Mobile/Web Apps

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ANA (All Nippon Airways) is a leading Japanese provider of air transportation services and is one of the world’s largest airlines, serving 128 domestic Japanese routes with 912 daily flights and 34 international and regional routes to 10 countries in Asia, Europe and North America. ANA is consistently at the top in on-time performance and has been recognized as a winner or a finalist by FlightStats On-time Performance Awards in various categories since the program’s inception in 2009.

THE CHALLENGE

As a leading airline in Japan, ANA is continually striving to find innovative ways to provide the best customer service experience for its customers. In this case, ANA sought a powerful solution for making flight status information by route, and by flight, available to their customers via their mobile application ANA GLOBAL, as well as via their website. With ANA’s commitment to customer experience, it was important that the user experience be seamless to customers, and that the flight information available also include codeshare information. Codeshare information is typically quite difficult to integrate into a solution for independent entities because it requires the gathering, implementation, and management of multiple data sources.
“FlightStats data has made it possible to provide our customers with the latest flight status information, for both operating and marketing carrier customers. And since the data has been translated into Japanese, it was quick and easy to implement without having to do the translations ourselves. This data has received high marks from our users.” - Hiroyuki Yoshida, All Nippon Airways

THE SOLUTION

ANA is using FlightStats Flex APIs to get the real-time global flight status information by route and by flight. With the option to have API responses delivered in multiple languages, ANA was able to quickly and easily provide the information in both Japanese and English for customers to choose. The breadth of FlightStats global coverage, including codeshare data, gives ANA the power easily give customers the ability to quickly find data about their flight. ANA is able to offer an enhanced travel experience to their customer but does not have to manage multiple data sources. Using FlightStats’ data shortened ANA’s development time because FlightStats has packaged its flight information and made it available via RESTful APIs that are flexible, easy-to-use, and easy-to-implement in mobile and web applications. For more information regarding this and other FlightStats data solutions please contact a FlightStats representative.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

FlightStats API used in upcoming THack San Francisco coming September 19th.

Tnooz brings developers and travel brands together at the upcoming THack San Francisco on September 19th.  The hack will feature two tracks: products (coded hack) and conceptual (concept hack). FlightStats APIs are among the nine featured in the hackathon.


  • Coded Hack - developers have ten days to pull together a hack for the showcase. Developers will have three specific travel problems (noted below) to solve. Potential prize: $2,000.
  • Concept Hack - developers and others can pitch an idea for a new multi-API hack. Potential prize: $1,000.

Problems to be solved:
  1. Breakaway or stayaway - create a service to give a traveller options for a three-day break anywhere from San Francisco by air or visiting a tourist spot within California.
  2. Friend on the road - using mobile as the interface, develop a service to assist users on the days they travel from A to B.
  3. Inspire me! - images, videos, tips and more, showcase what California has to offer the tourist and how they might get there.
  4. The ultimate hack - use every API on offer and see what comes out the other side!
Developers interested in participating should contact Tnooz edtor Kevin May to confirm participation. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

GE FlightQuest 2 - Enter today and optimize flight!



Do you have what it takes to change the future of flight? 
Airlines are constantly looking for ways to make flights more efficient? From gate conflicts to operational challenges to air traffic management, the dynamics of a flight can change quickly and lead to costly delays.
Commercial airlines spend 22 billion dollars a year on managing flight plan efficiency.

There is good news. Advancements in real-time big data analysis are changing the course of flight management, as we know it. Imagine if the pilot could augment their decision-making process with “real time business intelligence,” —information available in the cockpit that would allow them to adjust and improve their flight patterns.

On the heels of GE's FlightQuest 1, where the winning team's algorithm managed to improve the prediction of estimated flight times by 40% over the standard industry benchmarks, GE seeks again to build upon those high reaching results. The winning predictive algorithms from the first phase will be used to create a simulation in the second phase of the Quest with the ultimate goal of GE developing an onboard flight management application.

The second phase of Flight Quest is a challenge to recommend the best flight strategy for flights already in the air - recommending the best route to reduce cost, avoid bad weather, and get to destinations on time. Better decisions in flight mean passengers can plan their days better, ground crews have less wait time, and flights consume less fuel.

The competition will feature comprehensive flight status information, positional, and airport weather data from FlightStats for data scientists to leverage in their quest to optimize flight planning efficiency.

"FlightStats is delighted to be a data partner with GE's FlightQuest2 competition. Technology advancements that optimize flight operations will contribute to airlines’ overall success and will greatly benefit the entire aviation ecosystem," said FlightStats CEO, Tod Hutchinson." 
Watch the video to learn more about the competition powered by Kaggle or visit GE's FlightQuest 2 site to get started. GE has committed a prize pool of $250,000 winners of Phase 2.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

3scale interviews David White about Flightstats APIs



Picture of David White, Chief Customer Officer at FlightStats


Interview with David White, FlightStats Chief Customer Officer. In this role, David works with key customers, content providers, and channel partners, and insures all are properly represented in product and development plans.


Introduction

APIs are a key infrastructure component for online businesses – powering mobile applications, partnership programs and innovation. Increasingly, as many businesses become more software driven, having a well-managed API available to customers and partners is becoming key to success in the marketplace. That is why FlightStats chose 3scale as its API platform enabling FlightStats to securely open, control, manage, operate and monetize APIs to 3rd parties (e.g. developers, business partners, etc).

APIs have been a core part of our business since 2003. We’ve built FlightStats around providing day-of-travel data and services to the travel industry. APIs are the primary delivery mechanism. - David White 


Q.  Tell us more about FlightStats APIs

A. FlightStats aggregates data from many sources to provide the most complete global coverage of commercial airline flight information. With FlightStats® Flex APIs you slice and dice the data the way you want. The APIs are powerful, precise and concise. They are designed for ease of use with REST, supporting JSON, JSONP, XML formats as well as SOAP. FlightStats® Flex APIs can receive replies to their API requests in English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, German, and French.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Monetizing Mobile Applications

Michael Jurewitz posted an excellent series on app store economics and strategies for making money from mobile applications on his blog at http://jury.me/blog/2013/3/31/understanding-app-store-pricing-part-1

The five-part series covers everything from price elasticity to analysis on the kinds of apps for which people will pay good money.  If you want to generate more income from your mobile efforts, be sure to read Michael's posts.

You can find them here.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

When is a Cancelled Flight Not a Cancelled Flight

The term "cancelled" has a certain finality about it.  If the lead singer in a band loses her voice, the show is cancelled.  Once a check has been cashed, the bank cancels it so it can never be used again.  When a visa is cancelled, it's worthless and will never get you into the issuing country.

When a flight is cancelled, it's final, right? Not necessarily.  A cancelled flight can be reinstated if the airline can solve the problem that caused the cancellation - put together a crew or substitute new equipment for a plane with mechanical issues.  This doesn't happen often.  But it does happen  more often than you might think, especially during irregular operations due to weather or system-wide issues.

The worst case scenario for passengers is that they will see the flight status marked cancelled or receive a cancellation alert, not go to the airport, then find out later that the flight actually did depart without them.  Policies vary airline to airline.  But a passenger's rights are usually severely restricted in that event. They may be considered a no-show.  So when you display fight status information in your app or website or use our system to send alerts, make sure that you encourage passengers on cancelled flights to either go to the airport anyway or, at the very least, contact the airline to find out what they should do next.



Open Source Ruby Client for FlightStats Flex APIs

Pierre Meyer, founder of DidItClear.com, was kind enough to share a Ruby on Rails client for our Flex APIs.  The client is posted on Github and can be used under the MIT open source license.  It should be a real time-saver for Ruby developers. You can review and download the code at:

https://github.com/diditclear/flightstats-client-ruby

Thanks to Pierre for contributing this to the FlightStats Developer Community. Check out his new venture, a website that aims to collect statistical data for all things flying related at:

https://www.diditclear.com/


Monday, March 18, 2013

French and Spanish Now Added to APIs


FlightStats has added French and Spanish to its language repertoire. The new Flex APIs can now deliver query results in any of six languages using the "extended options" feature - English, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, French and Spanish.

FlightStats® Flex APIs deliver translated flight status responses and flight schedules data, along with airport names, countries, cities, and street addresses. Developers will be able to specify the language they prefer by simply appending a optional parameter to the query and will receive the translated response in their choice of XML or JSON.

Learn more on the Extended Options page

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mobile-app platform Meridian uses FlightStats data in their powerful way-finding airport apps


Meridian is a mobile-software company that helps businesses within a busy location create apps that engage with their visitors. Popular retail outlets, hotels, hospitals, subways, airports, and museums use the Meridian Editor software to build and maintain mobile apps that take advantage of GPS and other location-aware technologies. 


The challenge:
People in airports are always trying to navigate in a hurry and are met with the challenge of figuring out the lay of the land.

Airports have a brief window of time to provide a really positive experience for the traveler, and in that time, they also need to maximize the revenue opportunity for the businesses within the airport.

A typical scenario:
Typically on-the-go travelers are hastily scanning airports' electronic displays, hurriedly searching for their gate numbers, or are wandering the halls in confusion seeking amenities such as the nearest bathroom, food venue, or lounge, en-route to their gate. Travelers are often left feeling confused, rushed, and unsatisfied since they were not equipped with the information necessary to optimize the experience.

The solution:
Meridian offered app-building software to airports such as Portland International Airport (PDX) and the Sydney International Airport (SYD). With Meridian’s software, the airports built apps filled with helpful resources such as airport amenity information including: stores, restaurants, and food venues. The apps they built though are much more than just interactive maps. For example, the app built by PDX gives the traveler quick access to highly relevant trip information via the data powered by FlightStats including: flight status, delay, airport, and gate data

"Airports are complex places that see many harried travelers with only a few minutes to find the right dining option or gift,” said Jeff Hardison, vice president of Meridian.. Therefore, airports want to create their own mobile apps that support traveling passengers while maximizing revenue from a traveler's brief visit in their airport. To give travelers a sense of just how much time they have to spend in the airport, incorporating FlightStats real-time data is crucial. Thankfully, FlightStats makes the integration process easy.”

See a little demo of how Meridian's app for the Portland International Airport works.

Friday, February 15, 2013

FlightStats at upcoming Digital Signage Expo

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Want to discuss what is new with FlightStats FIDS and other digital signage content solutions? FlightStats' Derrek Wright will be at the Digital Signage Expo on February 26th through the 28th in Las Vegas. To set up a time to chat with him please email him at derrek(at)flightstats.com.




Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FlightStats is looking for a Sr. SOA Software Engineer

FlightStats is currently looking for a senior level SOA Engineer to join our development team located in downtown Portland to make an immediate contribution to the success of our products and our company.  The successful candidate will work on the back-end services that power our suite of applications. There are a wide variety of exciting projects that we are undertaking to make the day-of-travel experience more enjoyable for our customers.

Want to know a bit about FlightStats?

We are a leading provider of day-of-travel data services and applications to the travel industry and traveling public. The company delivers real-time global flight tracking and airport data services that power many of the world's most popular travel applications. The company also provides web and mobile applications to the FlightStats community, helping travelers to better manage their travel day. 

FlightStats' data is viewed by millions of people each month, and the company is constantly evolving to offer the best worldwide alerting and tracking services to travelers, including the agencies and developers who serve them.

To learn more about the position and apply please click the following link:

Apply to FlightStats Sr. SOA Software Engineer




Have you seen what you can do with FlightStats Real-time data?

FlightStats unveiled its January 2013 Airline/Airport On-time Performance Report.

Why is this news? Well, because hundreds of airlines and airports around the world provide FlightStats data in real-time. We don't have to wait for them to file a report at the end of the month, and neither do you.

FlightStats aggregates data from over 300 sources worldwide. It's Flex APIs offer responses in Simplified Chinese, German and Japanese.

FlightStats data is fueling innovation and is expanding in use cases. FlightStats data is currently being used globally to report flight status, flight delay, weather, airport and gate information in many mobile applications. It is used for search engines or to find arrival gates on FIDS screens at airports. It powers the alerts systems of airlines and is now being included in several onboard navigation systems for cutting-edge cars.

Get a glimpse of the on-time performance and delay data in January for the top 35 major international airlines. To what commercial use could you put this data?





Monday, January 28, 2013

FlightStats® Alerts API transitions from Beta to Production

The FlightStats® Flex Alerts API has transitioned from Beta to production status. Production status means three things to those who have been using the Alerts API Beta:

  1. The API is considered stable for development. No compatibility-breaking changes will be introduced from this point forward. Customers can expect to see some new developer tools emerge over the next week or so that will allow developers to test their rules by having test messages sent to an end point of the developer's choosing. 
  2. FlightStats is offering the Alerts API for free during the month of February.
  3. Requests against the Alerts API will incur fees starting on March 1, 2013, according to your pricing plan with FlightStats. Standard pricing (Commercial and Limited Plans) will be as follows:

Number of rules (per month):1–50,00050,001–500,000>500,001
Price per request ($USD):$0.10 each$0.06 each$0.03 each

 An alternative pricing method based upon the number of messages sent is available in certain cases. There is also a special package price available to airlines. Contact FlightStats sales for a quote.

Read about the FlightStats Flex Alerts API  to learn more details about the API or visit the FlightStats developer center.




Thursday, January 24, 2013

FlightStats at Conferences Around the World...


Let's meet! FlightStats representatives will be actively participating in several upcoming events in the coming weeks. If you have a project that you would like to discuss or get help with please contact the FlightStats team. 

January

Contact Derrek Wright - derrek(at)flightstats.com








Contact Nelly Liu - nliu(at)flightstats.com


February



Contact David White - davidw(at)flightstats.com





Contact David White - davidw(at)flightstats.com




Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Canvas of Light Tapestry woven with fiber optic threads uses FlightStats Data from the worlds nine busiest airports

50 Different Minds

50 Different Minds Fiber Optic Tapestry using FlightStats Data
This innovative work of art called 50 Different Minds was a successful Kickstarter project.  The tapestry is made from hand woven fiber optics. There has never been anything like it. It fuses traditional arts, digital electronics, interactivity, and data scraping with contemporary art. It is a new media canvas, woven from information, using fiber optic thread to carry information and data from the internet in the form of light.

The tapestry is connected to the internet and gets data in real time. 50 Different Minds runs two computer programs that listen to Twitter tweets and follows flight arrivals and departures at the nine busiest airports in the world. The brightness and colors are modulated by flight activity with data supplied via FlightStats Flex APIs. Specific search terms are associated with patterns and color frequencies. When queried, information is parsed and assigned a pattern, which triggers a display of changing pattern/color. The animated effect looks like illuminated silk.

If you happen to be headed to San Francisco, stop by the Catherine Clark Gallery and have a look.
(Address:150 Minna Street, San Francisco, CA)

Otherwise you can check out the video created by the artists describing the project.