Leading Management Company Selects FlyteBoard to Serve Air Travelers at Hotels in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

  • Flyte Systems
  • 09.17.08
Flyte Systems, a leading provider of airport flight information displays and digital signage content for the hospitality industry, convention centers and related businesses, announced its expansion into the Washington, D.C.-area airport hotel market with the installation of its FlyteBoard product at the Holiday Inn Dulles and planned installations at two other area properties,  the Holiday Inn National Airport and the Crowne Plaza National Airport.

All three properties are owned and managed by the B.F. Saul Company Hotel Division, founded in 1892 with headquarters in Bethesda, Md.

“The northern Virginia/D.C. area is a hotly contested market and we are looking for every opportunity to grab the competitive advantage,” said 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.”

FlyteBoard, developed by Flyte Systems, is a high-definition, flat panel screen that properties install in public areas to provide guests with "glance-and-convenience" for more confident travel planning.  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 or weather.
Flyte offers a suite of products that serves the traveling public, including: 
  • 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. 
Woodhead noted that the Dulles property first saw FlyteBoard about four months ago and now the general manager wouldn’t hear of taking it out.  “Signing the contract was a no-brainer," he said. "She feels it is a must-have amenity for all her guests.” 
He went on to explain that with the growing number of distressed passengers this summer, many Holiday Inn Dulles guests were relieved to find out about delays and cancellations before they got to the airport, “Having already been inconvenienced, they were grateful to spend that time in the comfort of our hotel or restaurant and not in the airport terminal.”

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 said.  “Plus, no one else can match their combination of reliability and price.”

Flyte Systems applications are often used by properties to generate increased revenue streams with innovative marketing approaches to the distressed traveler.

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