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Airline industry is swimming with iPhone apps

posted Jul 27, 2010, 1:40 AM by Rowan Hewitt
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American Airlines on Monday announced it was launching an iPhone app that lets you check flight status, get a mobile boarding pass, book tickets, check in, create flight notifications and do so many other things, including games of Sudoku.

As my editor and I were talking, it's almost news when a company doesn't have an app for iPhone, Blackberry or Android or other smartphones these days.

Here are a few others that have been announced recently:

• Garmin and its Digital Cyclone subsidiary are adding fuel pricing and approach charts to its Pilot My-Cast by Garmin app, Garmin said Monday

• FlightView released a flight tracking app for Android phones Monday.

• ITA Software released Sunday an iPhone version of its OnTheFly software that let users price and buy airline tickets. It is making it available to airlines to "license and integrate ... into their branded mobile products and booking platforms." A free version for consumers includes the shopping-only features.

• British Airways this month updated its iPhone app to allow Executive Club members to download mobile boarding passes and gives them the ability to log on their frequent-flier info. BA also provided apps for Blackberry and Android devices.

• Southwest Airlines on May 19 updated its iPhone app to allow customers to change reservations, check in through one's RapidRewards account, buy an "EarlyBird" check-in for a flight, among other enhancements.

• TripIt travel organizers updated its app on June 30, as did the Travel Channel on July 22.

• Updates came from Alaska Airlines May 3; Asiana Airlines, June 29; Lufthansa, July 23; SWISS, July 23; and Air China, July 20, amonng others.

Check out the iTunes story for full details, and many other apps for the iPhone or iPad.