The Belamar luxury boutique hotel, located in Manhattan Beach, California, is latest hotel to install Flyte Systems' FlyteBoard real-time airline flight information screen and FlytePass boarding pass printing station. After recently undergoing extensive renovations to its restaurant, lobby, and meeting and business centers, the Belman reopened in March with state-of-the-art, high-end, high-tech capabilities. According to Belamar General Manager Tom Beedon, "The changes were done specifically with the business traveler in mind, and Flyte's products were a conscious addition to the renovations."
'Live' Flight Information Spurs Selection
"We were in Boston at a National Business Travel Association trade show when we first saw FlyteBoard in the hotel where we were staying," says Beedon. "We immediately thought that it would be a perfect addition to our new Business Center." Beedon explained that FlyteBoard displays live departing flight status information from LAX on two 23-inch Apple monitors mounted on the wall in the fully equipped Business Center located inside the hotel's Meeting Center. "Our designers chose these monitors because they look great within the overall design scheme and because of their outstanding clarity." The Belamar also placed a FlytePass boarding pass printing station next to the monitors for greater guest convenience.
The Bellamar's Meeting Center has five boardrooms which is unique to the South Bay region of Los Angeles. "There is nothing comparable for business travelers in this area," says Beedon. In designing the Center, Beedon notes the property conducted a series of focus groups to ensure their improvements were on target for the business community. "We brought conference coordinators together from some of the area's top companies and asked them if they thought the changes would be valuable; the Flyte Systems products received a resounding 'yes' all around."
Real-time Flight Information
What sets Flyte Systems apart from other PC-based applications is its 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