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European Airlines Fighting It Out To Release Apps for Apple Watch

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Apple Watch will make flying experience more convenient for both casual and frequent flyers, with a number of airlines updating their apps for the Apple Watch in recent weeks. Bloomberg reports that British Airways and Air France will be among the first companies competing with applications for the Apple Watch when the device is released this week.

Also the airlines announcing support Includes American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, JetBlue, British Airways, EasyJet, Ryanair, Qantas Airways, Air Canada, WestJet, Emirates and Japan Airlines.

Notable airlines that have not announced or planned Apple Watch support include Southwest Airlines and Virgin Airlines in the United States, and Cologne-based Lufthansa, the largest airline in Europe. As more airlines begin updating their apps for the Apple Watch, however, it is likely that others will follow in an effort to keep up with their competitors around the world.

At a glance, the app allows you to view the status of your next flight, access both scheduled and estimated departure times, and view the latest weather at your destination using British Airways for Apple Watch.The app also provides up-to-date information about the flight’s gate status and provides notifications on your wrist when your gate status changes at Heathrow Terminals 3 and 5 and It will Keep up to date with the latest flight information.British Airways is free on the App Store.

Air France said it will also have a new application for the device. Deutsche Lufthansa AG said customers using its standard app for iPhone or iPad will “automatically” be able to use it on the watch.

Apple Inc.’s smartwatch will reach consumers in nine countries on April 24. It comes in six different versions: there’s the Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch Edition. And each of these comes in two sizes, for those that like a larger or smaller device for their wrist which reflect a wide range of styles and prefers with the Sport model priced at $349 and $399 and the midrange version starting at $549..

To make full use of its capabilities, the watch, which has a color touchscreen, needs to be paired with an iPhone. The device shows text messages and e-mails, and offers features called “digital touch” that allow watch-to-watch communication. It can also track health and fitness information and send calendar reminders.

“With a quick look at their wrist, the glance screen will deliver them everything they need to know about their upcoming flight,” Sara Dunham, BA’s head of marketing, retail and direct channels, said in the statement.


 


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