Delta releases iPad app with new “Glass Bottom Jet” feature

Craig Lloyd - Jan 15, 2013, 8:48 am CST
Delta releases iPad app with new “Glass Bottom Jet” feature

Delta Airlines has released a new iPad app that comes with quite a bit of new features that the airline’s current iPhone app doesn’t offer. Most notably, there’s a new “Glass Bottom Jet” feature that allows you to explore the places that you’re currently flying over — a great feature that can help pass the time on that long flight.

It’s not live footage by any means, but the feature combines maps, satellite imagery, photos, social media updates, and the aircraft’s position to highlight landmarks below. This way, you can match up certain landmarks with what you’re seeing out of your window. The feature also tells you how fast you’re traveling and how much time there is remaining in the flight.

Obviously, you’ll need to be connected to WiFi in order to use the app, so you’ll have to flying on one of Delta’s 800 planes equipped with WiFi, which is most of their fleet anyways. The app also provides seating charts, check in, and flight tracker. Plus, there’s also Delta’s in-flight magazine if you feel like doing some light reading.

Delta also released an update today for its iPhone app, which includes everything you get with the iPad version, except for the “Glass Bottom Jet”. With version 2.0 for the iPhone, users will be able to find, compare, and book flights right from the device, and even add their eBoarding Pass to Passbook in iOS 6.

Fly Delta for the iPad is a free download and the update is available now in the iTunes App Store. The iPhone app is also a free download, and the update is available now.

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