The Holiday Inn Dulles and two other Washington D.C. area properties, the Holiday Inn National Airport and the Crowne Plaza National Airport, announce that they will implement Flyte Systems' airport flight information displays and digital signage content. All three properties are owned and managed by the B.F. Saul Company Hotel Division, founded in 1892 with headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland,
"The northern Virginia/DC area is a hotly contested market and we are looking for every opportunity to grab the competitive advantage," says Michael Woodhead, vice president of e-commerce and development for B.F. Saul. "This type of amenity makes the most sense for our guests, especially passengers who are flying standby or whose travel plans have changed. Instead of going to the airport and sitting out delays there, they can find the latest flight information in the comfort of the hotel lobby or restaurant."
Real-time flight information in the hotel
FlyteBoard, developed by Flyte Systems, is a high definition, flat panel screen that properties install in public areas to provide guests with travel planning content at a glance. What sets Flyte Systems apart from PC-based applications is the ability to post accurate, real-time airline flight arrival and departure information, not FAA-regulated scheduled departure times that do not list delays caused by:
- Air traffic control
- Aircraft maintenance
- Crew availability
Flyte offers a suite of products that serve the traveling public: FlyteBoard, FlytePass, FlyteChannel and FlyteTouch:
- FlyteBoard is a wall, floor or ceiling mounted high-definition, flat panel screen for lobbies, restaurants, bars and other public areas, displaying flight information for one or more airports.
- FlytePass uses FlyteTouch technology and adds free, secure boarding pass printing, packaged in an all-wood kiosk.
- FlyteChannel permits guests to view live airport arrival/departure screens via their in-room TV.
- FlyteTouch enables individual guests to search flight information via touch screens that display real-time flight arrivals and departures for one or more airports.
According to Woodhead, the first three properties represent Phase I of a rollout that targets big box and full service properties, including the two Reagan National hotels. Phase II will cover smaller properties and will be assessed in coming months. "We have been looking a long time for a solution like this. What impressed us about Flyte Systems is that they have been providing this technology to airports for more than 40 years," he says. "Plus, no one else can match their combination of reliability and price."