Japan Airlines develops Countdown app for Apple Watch

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April 8, 2015: Japan Airlines (JAL) has developed an app for the Apple Watch that has been designed to make it easier for customers to obtain important travel information, check flight status on the go and check-in at the gate.

Below: Tailored specifically for Apple Watch, the JAL Countdown app provides passengers with timely information about domestic flights – including flight status and boarding gate details – as well as boarding procedures and notifications at the airport.

JAL worked with IBM Interactive Experience, the world’s largest digital agency, to support the development and design of the new app. According to JAL, IBM’s user-centered design approach and use of big data helped to create a unique customer experience.

By tapping notifications delivered on the watch, passengers can check gate details, flight status and boarding times on their wrist. Passengers can also countdown the exact time to their flight in increments of 10 minutes, giving them worry-free time to shop, eat or relax before their flight. With a two-dimensional QR code, passengers can use their watches to board flights, go through security check points and enter airport lounges.

The JAL Countdown app will provide users with three design options as it counts down the departure time. To take advantage of the watch’s customization capabilities, JAL Countdown displays images to depict upcoming activity, such as an animated airplane taking off when it’s time for departure.

The JAL Countdown Apple Watch APP will be available on the Apple Watch App Store on April 24, 2015. The JAL Countdown app for iPhone is available today from the App Store.

For more information about the JAL Countdown app, click HERE

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