June 26, 2013 Last Updated 7:05 am

Big iOS app updates for both United and Air Canada

Both Air Canada and United Airlines have recently updated their iOS apps as the major airline continue to see their mobile apps as both enhancements to their customer service, and no doubt replacements for human customer service, as well.

The Air Canada update is quite extensive:

What’s New in Version 3.14

Introducing player, Air Canada rouge’s In-Flight Entertainment System
Air Canada rouge is redefining the way you experience in-flight entertainment with player. You can now stream movies, TV shows and music directly to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch! Simply connect to the wireless network on Air Canada rouge flights to get started.

AirCanada-rouge-smAir Canada App for iPad
The Air Canada app has been designed and updated for iPad! This version brings all of your favorite features from the Air Canada portion of the app, including Mobile Booking. In this first release we’ve been able to take advantage of the iPad’s screen to simplify your experience, whether it’s booking a new flight or adding your existing trips into My Flights. This is only the beginning! Let us know what you think and stay tuned for more updates as we look to enhance the experience to make it even more suited for your iPad.

Flight Status – Premium Economy
Premium Economy meals and cabin now show for eligible routes and aircraft.

Mobile Booking – Seat Maps
Seat map preview and selection buttons only appear when seats are available.

Mobile Booking – Fare Details
Extended the Fare Details screen to take advantage of iPhone 5’s screen size.

The update for United Airlines iOS app is about redesign and providing travelers with alternative flight options.

Unlike the app from Air Canada, though, the United app is still for the iPhone only. Surprisingly, United still does not have an iPad app for tablet owners – who, by the way, are seen in increasing numbers waiting for their flights (usually delayed).

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