Flight Factory on Windows Phone is still one of the best apps for frequent fliers

This time of year I tend to spend a lot in airports, traveling from event to event. With modern air travel, having the right tools on hand to make those trips stress-free is key, and that includes flight tracking and information.

Flight Factory has been around for a few years now and is one of the most popular apps for Windows Phone travelers. Version 2.0 came out recently, and if you need an app for tracking flights (and TripIt integration to boot), then Flight Factory should be on your radar.

Flight Factory 2.0

Flight Factory v2.0

  • Introducing Passport, a detailed overview of your trips broken down by flights, airports, airlines, airplanes, countries, and even distance
  • Entirely new backend service that's faster and more reliable and that will automatically notify us of issues on your behalf
  • Native support for Windows Phone 8.1 with single sign-on for Passport
  • Refresh a flight that departs more than two days in the future
  • Choose always to show your next flight on the app's primary live tile without waiting for it to flip
  • Dozens of bug fixes and performance improvement

Flight Factory's Passport system is certainly unique. It allows you to sort your previous trips by different categories, giving you a detailed history of your travels. The downside is the costs of servers require occasional in-app purchases to continue to track flights. Therefore, the app's 99 cents unlocks 15 flights to track, while $4.99 gives you 100 (those who previously purchased the app appear to be grandfathered in with 100 flights automatically).

The native 8.1 support indeed improves the app's performance, which combined with the app's minimalist design makes it one of the fastest apps around.

Flight Factory 2.0

So useful, so Modern

One of my favorite features of Flight Factory is the design. It straight up looks like a native Windows Phone app, with no background images, in-app Tiles, and text with Accent colors. It does look like something Microsoft would build. Other useful features in the app includes:

  • Pin flights to your Start screen (control live Tile design)
  • Lock screen support to reveal upcoming flight details
  • Add to Calendar
  • Quick call to airline
  • Flight tracking through maps
  • TripIt integration for automatic import and management of travel information
  • Flight details e.g. seat number, confirmation number, notes
  • Share flight information (Messaging, Email, Social Networks)

Overall, Flight Factory is a powerful app for those who spend much time in the air. If you need an app to keep tracking of all of your flying details, look at Flight Factory today. Windows Phone fans will certainly love the design and frequent travelers will appreciate the feature set!

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Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • I will definetely try this out, although the microsoft flights app is enough for me.
  • Got a link to that?
  • Nice! :)
  • Or.......Cortana :D it's nice when she is telling me about my flight.
  • Cortana does this job very efficiently. It automatically identifies my flights from the confirmation emails and check-in. Wasted my $ on this app :(
  • I would like to see Cortana eventually handle these functions.
  • Be nice if the lock screen could update with your next flight automatically. I already paid for the app, nice to be grandfathered in for another 100 flights but I'm not sure if I'll continue after that. I only care about my next flight, my flight history is not important to me.
  • Great suggestion. I have this on my to-do-list.
  • Awesome, thanks!
  • Dan, I guess u tried this app on your L925 ))
  • Hey folks! This is the Eric, the developer. I'm really excited that I was able to make the app more affordable for you despite the really high flight data costs. Besides TripIt syncing, Passport is probably my favorite feature in the app because it's cool to see where I've been and where I'm going. I'm happy to answer any questions you have about the app. Feel free to post below or email me privately at flightfactory@outlook.com!
  • A very nice looking app. Any plans to support .pkpass files so that (iOS) boarding passes can be imported from emails? Maybe link into the Windows Phone Wallet too? Just ideas. Slick app as-is. Servers and bandwidth aren't free, so a completely fair billing system in my opinion.
  • Thanks! And great suggestion. I've been thinking about ways to add boarding passes to the app. I'll have to see if .pkpass files can be integrated. P.S. the main cost is actually the flight data, not the servers.
  • Thank you for what you do for the platform. Keep up the good work.
  • Love this app.
  • Awesome! What do you love most about it?
  • As the price for the App itself is already 50% higher (1,29€ instead of 0,99$), I wonder how much the inApp purchase costs in Euro... But actually this surcharge is already a no-go for a "nice to have"-App.
  • In the United States, the sales tax is not included in the price shown in the Store ($0.99). In the EU, the price shown is the final price and it includes sales tax. This is why the price is a bit higher in the EU. The in-app purchases start at 1.29 EUR for 15 flights in the EU.
  • I know about the tax, but even if you take the 19% (for Germany) off, it's still ~30% higher. That's much more than a bit to me...
  • I always struggle with luggage allowances. One operator might allow 23kg, the connecting just 20kg. The same with the dimensions of cabin luggage.
    Does this app give you active warnings if there are clashes with allowances?
  • Interesting idea. Sounds like a good feature to add, but I don't think this data is available across operators :-(
  • Which device is that in the cover pic?
    Looks like a 920 with closer together virtual buttons, is it a render?
  • My guess is that is the 1520.
  • Funny how you write this app looks like an app that Microsoft would make, but there is one app by Microsoft that defies that perception. Any guesses which one that is?
  • Cortana
  • Don't see why I should pay per flight for tracking data that's available free of at most as a one time purchase fee all over the place. No discussion of this critical bit of (over)pricing in the context of competing Apps? Makes this article feel a bit like a product placement piece, not a review. :/
  • Hey, the pricing structure is set up in this way because of the high cost of the flight data. Most of the free apps are from companies who actually own the flight data (ex: FlightAware). Others scrape flight data from web search results (which is not actually allowed) and is why you typically can't add flights more than two days in the future. Other apps that pay for flight data like mine have a higher initial price, but I wanted a lower price to make it available to more people. I'm happy to answer any more of your questions. You can email me at flightfactory@outlook.com.
  • Hey thanks for the explanation. I wonder how Apps like FlightRadar do it? Also, I am very surprised to hear that the FAA flight tracking info is proprietary in the US. Much appreciate the clarification!
  • I'm not entirely sure, but they might be doing a lot of work to aggregate multiple flight data sources which would be pretty difficult for a one man operation like mine :-)