American Airlines Apps for BlackBerry and Windows Phone Smartphones Cleared for Takeoff
Adding to its suite of mobile apps for Android phones and Apple iOS devices, American Airlines today rolled out apps for Blackberry and Windows Phone smartphones, giving travelers with these devices the ability to check in, access mobile boarding passes, and more with their phones.
The release of the app for BlackBerry and Windows Phone smartphones makes American Airline’s apps accessible to 87% of smartphone users – more than any other carrier, according to the airline. American already offers apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color Reader’s Tablet.
“We know our customers continue to rely heavily on their mobile devices when traveling, and these new apps will simplify travel for a larger portion of them,” said Andrew Watson, American’s Vice President of Customer Technology.
The new apps offer many of same tools available in versions for other platforms, including the ability to create flight status notifications, check flight status and schedules, and access AAdvantage accounts. In addition, the BlackBerry app allows users to save their flight itineraries to their mobile calendars. Future versions of the app will facilitate flight information sharing through BlackBerry Messenger.
The app is fully integrated with American’s Mobile Boarding Pass program, which allows travelers to check in and save their boarding pass to their smartphones for easy access at the security checkpoint and at the gate. The program is available at over 65 domestic airports and is set to expand in July.
The BlackBerry app is available for BlackBerry Tour, BlackBerry Torch, BlackBerry Curve, and BlackBerry Bold phones running on OS 5.0 or 6.0. The Windows Phone app can be downloaded onto any smartphone running Windows Phone OS 7.0.