Mobiata creates a number of travel mobile applications including FlightTrack, TripDeck, HotelPal FlightBoard and FareCompare. FlightTrack is the developer’s most popular app and lets you check flight status, access information about delays or reschedules, locate your flight’s gates, and see real-time tracking maps of flights. FlightTrack is currently a best selling iPhone travel app in the App Store. A Pro Version of FlightTrack is also integrated into TripIt Pro. We’re not sure if that relationship will continue post-acquisition.
According to the release, the acquisition represents Expedia’s “most significant investment to date in addressing the mobile travel market.” Expedia is currently seeing 4 percent of its traffic coming from mobile browsers or app, and hopes to grow this number through the acquisition.
This week also brought the news that travel search aggregator Kayak.com is filing for a $50 million IPO. And the online travel industry is in a state of flux awaiting whether Google’s $700 million acquisition of ITA Software (which powers flight listings for both Kayak and Expedia) will be given the green-light by the Justice Department.
Mobiata creates innovative consumer software for the iPhone and iPod touch, with an emphasis on elegant user interface design. Since its founding in December 2008, Mobiata products have been featured by USA Today, Macworld, CNNMoney.com, TechCrunch, PC Magazine and others. Since January Apple has featured FlightTrack in a series of full-page ads in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and local newspapers.