Posted on: 01 May 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Air France, JetBlue and Singapore Airlines have joined the host of carriers introducing apps for smartwatches as the trend for wearable technology continues.
JetBlue’s Apple Watch app builds on the airline’s existing ability to use Apple Pay on-board. The airline claims that when integrated with iPhone's Passbook, JetBlue for Apple Watch will also eliminate the need to print paper boarding passes or continually retrieve a customer's Apple device from a bag, pocket or purse.
Other features of the JetBlue Apple Watch app include the display of flight status information; a 24-hour countdown to boarding and departure; arrival, seat and gate information; and destination weather.
Customers using Air France’s smartwatch app can find useful information on their My Account and Flying Blue account, consult information on their next flight, and receive a notification two hours before the expiry of their mobile guarantee or their online ticket purchase option.
Air France is also working to offer its customers additional new features, including notification of a change of departure time or boarding gate via the watch’s vibrate function.
Singapore Airlines’ app has launched at the same time as an all-new mobile app for Apple and Android smartphones. Designed by Mobile Travel Technologies Ltd, the smartwatch app offers ‘Glance View,’ which incorporates quick updates like trip reminders and up-to-date information such as when counters are ready for check-in without launching the app. JetBlue’s smartwatch app also offers this function.
Air New Zealand, Delta and American Airlines are just a few of the other airlines who now offer smartwatch apps.