signol
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Google Flight Search

Mon May 30, 2011 12:00 pm

I've just noticed a new feature on Google'a search engine. Enter:
"flights from LON to EDI"
And the full scheduled non-stop timetable is displayed. Very cool. I wonder where they get the info from?
Apologies if this has been discussed already, nothing came up in a search.

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RE: Google Flight Search

Mon May 30, 2011 12:52 pm

That really is very handy, I had not noticed it before. Saves a lot of time trying to figure out which airlines serve a particular route. Thanks for sharing!
 
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RE: Google Flight Search

Mon May 30, 2011 2:13 pm

Quoting signol (Thread starter):
Apologies if this has been discussed already, nothing came up in a search.

Maybe hasn't be discussed here before, but certainly it's a new feature and more than that one of the hottest topics in the travel induxtry as Google bought a company that is also providing other sites (like Expedia) with data.

Just google it:

http://www.google.de/search?q=google...=142d146a2d0f1131&biw=1242&bih=897
 
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RE: Google Flight Search

Mon May 30, 2011 2:40 pm

Too bad it doesn't show types, for the rest it looks good.
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RE: Google Flight Search

Mon May 30, 2011 5:05 pm

Fantastic feature. It is really handy.
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RE: Google Flight Search

Mon May 30, 2011 6:57 pm

Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 3):
Too bad it doesn't show types, for the rest it looks good.

It's also a pain that the javascript 'dropdown' to see the flights doesn't work in Firefox 3.6! No problems with IE though, so I'm guessing they just went for the bulk of the public...

I wonder if it works in Chrome!   
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RE: Google Flight Search

Tue May 31, 2011 1:00 am

Quoting yxd172 (Reply 5):
Quoting nipoel123 (Reply 3):
Too bad it doesn't show types, for the rest it looks good.

It's also a pain that the javascript 'dropdown' to see the flights doesn't work in Firefox 3.6! No problems with IE though, so I'm guessing they just went for the bulk of the public...

What "drop down" are you referring to? I have tried both Firefox 3.6 and IE8 and I only see the results as a link in the regular search results which I have to click on to display the flights.
 
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RE: Google Flight Search

Tue May 31, 2011 3:36 am

Quoting yxd172 (Reply 5):
It's also a pain that the javascript 'dropdown' to see the flights doesn't work in Firefox 3.6! No problems with IE though, so I'm guessing they just went for the bulk of the public...

I wonder if it works in Chrome!

For me, the Dropdown feature works in IE8, Firefox 3.6, Chrome, and Opera 11.11 (my choice of browser).

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RE: Google Flight Search

Tue May 31, 2011 11:07 am

Very useful! Excellent feature.

I notice that it will work when, say, you search for 'flights EDI to IOM' or 'flights from EDI to IOM' (or when use the names rather than IATA codes) but not 'EDI-IOM' or 'EDI to IOM'.
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RE: Google Flight Search

Tue May 31, 2011 11:49 am

Indeed a very useful feature for those seeking a non-stop flight. I wonder if Google intend expanding it to flights that require a connection.

For example, I can find flights from PER to places like SIN, DXB, AKL or BNE, but if I want to fly on to CMN, HAM or LST it requires two separate searches.
 
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RE: Google Flight Search

Tue May 31, 2011 2:17 pm

Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 6):

What "drop down" are you referring to? I have tried both Firefox 3.6 and IE8 and I only see the results as a link in the regular search results which I have to click on to display the flights.

For me, in IE7 when I click on the link a schedule of non-stop flights drops down in the search results area - when I do the same in Firefox, nothing (a friend has 3.6 as well and has no issues with it, so it may be a Vista problem or something that I've misconfigured in the past ...  

Oh well, either way it's a very nice feature, really interesting to look at competing flight times between different airlines (ex. on YEG-YYZ, all WS flights are within 15 min of AC flights - other than the red-eye, which is 35 min difference! So in this case competition brings good prices, but not much more in terms of flight times.)
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RE: Google Flight Search

Tue May 31, 2011 3:30 pm

Quoting phen (Reply 1):
aves a lot of time trying to figure out which airlines serve a particular route
Quoting Quokka (Reply 9):
for those seeking a non-stop flight

Yep this is the problem - it works with nonstops only. If you want to fly, say, MIA to ORD - Great: 10-12 flights per day. But if you want to fly MIA to HKG, it only provides links since there are no nonstops. Most people don't know if there are nonstops on any given route, so that can be tricky.
 
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RE: Google Flight Search

Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:45 am

I like it. Most of the time I log on to OAG (I am lucky to have an account) if I am on desktop, but it's a sluggish site. On mobile I go to Flightstats, but that can be slow too. It works with flights within small Chinese cities, which is what I would use it for (I travel domestically in China 2 - 3x per week on some weeks). They bought ITA Software, so perhaps they're getting the schedules from there (matrix1.itasoftware.com or matrix.itasoftware.com).

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