FlightStats’ New Flex APIs put Powerful Flight Status and Positional Data in Developers’ Hands

FlightStats,Inc. the industry-leading publisher of global flight and airport information services, is pleased to announce its next generation of Web Services: FlightStats Flex Web Services APIs. This new suite of APIs unlocks FlightStats’ outstanding flight data covering approximately 99.5% of U.S. flights, and better than 80% of commercial flights worldwide. FlightStats powers the world’s most popular mobile travel applications such as Kayak, TripIt, and Mobiata; flight search on the major search engines; flight boards at major airports and hotels; and supplies flight alerts on behalf of airlines, corporate travel agencies, and app developers.

The FlightStats Flex APIs enable companies and app developers to track flight status in near real-time, follow flights in progress, build map-based trackers, query flight schedules and availability, and supplement these data with detailed airport information. Developers use these building blocks to create applications that make modern air travel better for passengers. The Flex APIs were developed in response to customer feedback from the developers of leading travel applications. The new RESTful APIs provide data in XML, JSON, and JSONP formats. The SOAP protocol is also supported.

FlightStats is also launching a new developer center leveraging the 3scale API Management platform, making it easier for developers to explore the APIs and develop their applications. The new FlightStats Developer Center has easy-to-use interactive documentation and robust monitoring capabilities with customer-facing analytics.

“Travelers generate more than 5 million queries to FlightStats each day to help deal with the complicated logistics of air travel. FlightStats leads the pack with the best and most complete data available worldwide. Our APIs help developers leverage that data to create compelling and useful travel applications,” said FlightStats, Inc. CEO, Jeff Kennedy. “With the new Flex APIs and the 3scale API Management platform, we are making our customers’ development process easier and helping to get their applications up and running quickly.”

The FlightStats Flex APIs will serve mobile developers, airports, airlines, travel agencies, and ground transportation companies. API details can be found in the new FlightStats Developer Center.
“3scale is proud to bring its years of API Management expertise to help FlightStats keep on innovating with APIs,” said Guillaume Balas, 3scale CMO. “The new Flex APIs will transform travel applications and the traveling experience of millions of people.”

The FlightStats Flex APIs give developers access to a broad range of flight information including: flight status, flight position, flight schedules, on-time performance ratings, airport delays, weather, and reference data. FlightStats’ multi-sourced data yields the world’s most comprehensive, timely, and accurate flight information available making it the preferred source for developers around the globe.

About FlightStats
FlightStats is a leading provider of day-of-travel data services and applications to the travel industry. The company delivers real-time global flight and airport data services that powers many of the world’s most popular travel applications. The company also provides web and mobile applications to the FlightStats community, helping travelers to better manage their travel day. FlightStats’ data is seen by millions of people each month, and the company is constantly evolving to offer the best worldwide alerting and tracking services to travelers, and the agencies and developers who serve them.
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About 3scale
3scale provides a flexible, secure and scalable API Management infrastructure for Enterprises’ API or Web Service to control, manage and monetize the distribution of their data, content or services to multiple devices or mobile/web applications. 3scale’s customer references include Skype, Wine.com, Viadeo, Transport for London or Softonic. http://www.3scale.net