Air Canada comes to the iPhone

Posted by Warren Frey

Air Canada recently rolled out an iPhone app that’s a first for the Canadian airline industry, enabling flyers to check in, monitor their flights, and check their Aeroplan points.

The app also features a Rent a Car feature, as well as access to all Air Canada messages.

While that’s all quite useful, the app does need some work. The various features work, but more often than not they seem to serve as a link to the Air Canada mobile website, rather than being baked into the app itself.

And the fact that this is app is a first for the Canadian airline industry says more about the sorry state of innovation and competition in our country than it does about the app itself. If we had more than two airlines to choose from, developers would have more of an incentive to create apps with more functions and tighter integration with hotel and travel sites. As is, the airline industry is much like wireless...you have nowhere else to go, so you’d better like what you’re given by them.

Company:
Air Canada
Website:
http://www.aircanada.com/
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Air Canada is Canada's largest full-service airline and the largest provider of scheduled passenger services in the Canadian market, the Canada-U.S. transborder market and in the international market to and from Canada. Together with our regional partner Jazz, Air Canada serves over 32 million customers annually and provides direct passenger service to over 170 destinations on five continents. Air Canada is a... more


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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more




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