easyJet has announced that it has further enhanced its award-winning mobile app by adding live aircraft tracking functionality directly from Flightradar24.
The airline is the first in the world to have collaborated with Flightradar24 to integrate the feature into a mobile app, meaning passengers can view the exact whereabouts of the aircraft they are due to fly on in real time up to three hours before their flight.
Family and friends of passengers flying can also track their loved ones’ flight ahead of their arrival.
The feature is the result of a purpose built Software Development Kit that was specially created for easyJet by Flightradar24 and uses GPS information that is sent from easyJet’s 240+ aircraft.
The flight tracking software, which went live on the app this morning, will show the aircraft’s route, speed, type of aircraft, altitude, distance travelled and total distance to destination.
James Millett, easyJet head of digital, said: “We’re delighted to have launched live location-based flight tracking to our award winning app.
“More than 800,000 customers use our app every week to make travelling across our network of more than 780 routes even easier - it’s fast becoming the essential travel companion for Generation easyJet.”
In addition to the new feature, easyJet have added 3D Touch functionality to its app, meaning users of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus can benefit from getting to four key app areas even quicker.
By pressing deeply on the app icon, users can jump to Book Flight, My Flights, Boarding Passes and Flight Tracker options instantly.
In recent years easyJet has embraced technology to help make passenger journeys easier and more seamless.
easyJet’s app is the fastest airline app available and has now been downloaded more than 14.5 million times.
It is available to download now on the App Store.