Eight great apps for cabin crew

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By cabincrew.com on Monday 25th Jun, 2012 at 10:46

Which smartphone apps would be useful to busy cabin crew? We’ve come up with a selection that should help you improve your cabin crew skills while you’ve got a few spare moments, keep you connected to colleagues and family, and even send and receive money while you’re flying. Hopefully these are all apps that will make life easier for you as you jet around the world.

Cabin Crew Ready Lite – A useful knowledge builder for crew

Cabin Crew Ready is an app for cabin crew to use as a useful knowledge-builder for airline prefixes, IATA- and airport codes. You can test yourself and compare your knowledge with cabin crew friends and aviation colleagues around the world, says the developer of the app, Extreme Projects GmbH.
The educational app uses short quizzes containing questions about airports and airlines to help you build your general knowledge. It asks you for the code or name of airports and airlines. Your score and ranking can be shared with friends and colleagues. This is available for download fro iPhone and iPod Touch.

Audible - Download audiobooks when you’re far from home

Audible.co.uk, the UK’s largest provider of digital audiobooks is owned by Amazon.com and will give cabin crew members away from home the chance to get hold of a quick read through their smart phone. This could be useful if unexpected delays mean you have more time on your hands than usual, or you’re hanging around on standby. The book download service is now available on iPhone and iPod Touch. It’s a free app and features a ‘comprehensive audiobook experience’, including Wi-Fi delivery of your Audible.co.uk library.

TwitPic for iPhone - Tweet your pictures

TwitPic allows users to post photos and videos to their Twitter accounts in super-quick time. We think this will be perfect for cabin crew keen to keep in touch with friends and family back home who might be interested in where work is taking them. The iPhone app comes complete with a picture editor and will shortly be followed by a version for Android.

Travel Tip-off by Teletext Mobile - Plan your time off

Gone the days when you had to sit through hundreds of pages on Teletext Holidays. Travel-Tip-off by Teletext Mobile serves up the latest deals whether it’s a far flung trip or a cheaper domestic ‘staycation.’ You can check out the top 10 deals and use one-click dialing to make the call to seal the deal with the relevant tour operator. This could be the ideal way for busy cabin crew to plan their free time while stuck in a hotel room on standby. The app is free on iPhone and Android.

Aircrewlink Economy - Stay in touch with your mates

Aircrewlink Economy is a new smartphone app designed for airline crew who are away from home. The app has been designed to allow you to stay in touch with colleagues and friends while on duty and see who's around when in port. The idea is for cabin crew to use it for networking, chat, planning outings and meeting new crew. It’s free to download and has features including the ability to filter your chat and notifications by airline and those you are linked to. Aircrewlink Economy is available from the iTunes Store or for the Android Market.

Barclays Pingit - Make payments while you’re away

Ever flown off on a long haul and remembered you owe your sister or best friend some money, or haven’t paid your rent? There are many banking apps out there but this one might appeal to jet-setting cabin crew because anyone can use Barclays Pingit to send or receive money. If you don't bank with Barclays, when you register they will set up a Barclays Pingit Wallet account on the app for you to use to send money. Once you've registered, you can check the balance of your linked Barclays current account or Barclays Pingit Wallet account in the app. It allows you to send up to £300 a day to family and friends. Also on the plus side, it’s free to download and use.

My Explore Hertz NeverLost Mobile Companion – Never get lost

Hertz has launched 11 new iPhone city travel apps under its NeverLost My Explore brand, each with a clever set of features including augmented reality, customized voice narratives and descriptions for must-see sites, shopping areas, restaurants and neighborhoods, plus five-day weather forecasts and that all-important social integration with Facebook and Twitter. You can choose your first city guide for free “and experience the vivid images and media rich content first hand” says Hertz. Cities available so far are New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Boston, Miami, San Francisco, Orlando, Dallas, San Diego, Sacramento (Northern California), Hawaii (Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island). More destinations are coming soon.

Time Out Mobile City Guides – Plan great nights out during layovers

Get the most out of your layovers with these Time Out mobile apps for iPhones. Free to download on iPhone and Android, these guides tell you what’s on in the world’s leading cities – so they give you access to everything that’s great about a city in one place, with information on gigs, events, bars, restaurants, club nights and film releases. Currently there are editions for more than 20 of the world’s biggest cities.
This is like having expert local knowledge in your pocket. Whether you’re out and about or planning from home, it’s simple to organise a day or night out in Berlin, Paris, or Buenos Aires for example, and invite your cabin crew colleagues to join you.
The apps are particularly clever as they are location driven: the service can pinpoint where you are, and show you all the recommended activities nearby on a map, complete with event previews. These apps also feature recommendations – they can alert you to events you might enjoy, you can invite friends through the app, and rate the events yourself.

Please suggest other apps that you've found useful for work and play!

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