As a traveling professional you may be interested in knowing and tracking your flight status while on the move. Here are some of the best live flight tracking websites. Also, featured are those mobile live flight tracing applications for your iPhone and Android phones (We haven’t covered Nokia and Blackberry apps in this article though there must be similar apps on these platforms as well)
Live Flight Tracking Websites
The following three flight tracker websites are the best when it comes to fast flight tracking services and also in terms of accuracy and usability.
1. FlightAware Live Flight Tracking – Our Pick
Using FlightAware to track your flight is like a 5 seconds job. All that you have to do is to start typing your Airline name (e.g. United Airlines) and as soon as you type in one or two letters, the carrier name suggestion immediately fills in and you can pick your carrier in a jiffy. From then, just enter the flight number and that’s it.
The screenshot of the basic information that FlightAware pulls in is given below. Of course, it offers additional features like flight alerts as well.
You may visit FlightAware website to play around and get a feel yourself.
FlightStats is pretty similar to any other flight tracker application. However, in the first search screen you also have the possibility to choose a future date. The look and feel of the flight status shown is more like that of a mobile application. However, the user may be annoyed by the numerous advertisement banners around your flight status. Shown below is the information that FlightStats pulls out (of course, we have removed all ads surrounding it)
Check out FlightStats for more information.
3. FlightView – Web Version
Probably the web version of FlightView is not as fast as the mobile version (read below) but still does the job. The flight data that it pulls out somehow looks like having too much of information due to its styling. Nevertheless, it is a perfect flight status tracking application.
You may check out FlightView yourself and figure out.
Mobile Live Flight Tracking Apps
Though they are numerous mobile applications to track flight status, here’s our pick of two of the best flight tracking mobile applications on iPhone and Android phones respectively.
4. FlightTrack for Android Phones
This Android application is the best we have seen in terms of accuracy and usability while tracking the domestic and international flight status realtime with the help of beautiful maps. Mind you, it is worth paying $5 this one rather than going for the buggy free apps. Please visit the Android Market place and download FlightTrack today (See below some screenshots of this lovely app)
5. FlightView for iPhone
If you are an iPhone user, the best iPhone Flight tracker application is FlightView. This 99 cents app does a better job than its $5 competitors and the features include real time flight tracking, airport delays etc. It’s a must-have app for frequent fliers.
See below some screenshots of this incredible iPhone app.
Please note that your airline carrier might also have their own flight tracking services. i.e. American Airlines, Delta, United Airlines, Southwest, Emirates, KLM, British Airways – all of them might have own flight tracker apps but most of them do not provide other carrier’s or your connecting flight’s information on their website. That is why the above mentioned applications are extremely handy and reliable.
Bon Voyage for your well planned trip!
Image Courtesy: Respective websites mentioned above that offer live flight tracking services