Qantas Android app takes flight

Customers will be able to buy tickets, check-in and book hotels on their mobile

Qantas Airways has rolled out an Android version of its free mobile app which integrates with electronic personal assistant Google Now.

Google Now is part of Google’s Search mobile app. According to Qantas, it will give customers information about their trip including flight details, directions to the airport with live traffic updates, reminders to leave and the local weather at their destination.

The Android app allows Qantas customers to buy airfares, book hotels, view their Frequent Flyer points and check-in from one location.

It follows the release of the airline’s iPhone app in May 2013 and Windows Phone app in April 2012.

Qantas Domestic CEO Lyell Strambi said the increased focus on mobile technology was a conscious effort to free up customers’ time.

"Since the launch of our iPhone app in May, we have seen a 20 per cent increase in mobile bookings,” he said in a statement.

“It’s great that our domestic customers are realising the benefits of mobile check-in thereby avoiding queues and removing any need to print a booking confirmation at home or boarding pass at the airport.”

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