I’m sat in Heathrow Terminal 3, waiting for my flight to Cairo. In the Business Lounge I’m in there sits a row of eight Apple Mac’s. 22″ models (Hang on, just checking into Foursquare!). Imagine my utter despair when I found that they’ve all had Windows XP installed on them! Someone actually made that decision to install XP onto an Apple Mac.
If we rewind the clock just a little bit to this morning, when I was going through the various bits of information I have on paper for this trip, I thought it would be nice to have something in which I could just setup my flight details and quickly check the scheduled time, gates etc. Initially I wondered which device – iPad or Windows Mobile. The iPad is a difficult device to pull out of your pocket when you want to check details, so the phone it was. Off to the Windows Phone Marketplace and a quick search turned me towards an app called FlightTrack.
So far the app has been a painless experience. I quickly added the four flights I have over the next week. Each flight is individually represented and a quick tap on the screen opens up more information such as terminal numbers, full flight schedule and a delay forecast – based, I guess, on previous delays. It’s nice to know there is a 30% chance my flight will be 45 minutes late arriving into Cairo. The app also gives me the ability to call the airline direct! Nice to have!