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Dohop Flights App updated for Android and iOS

Dohop Flights App updated for Android and iOS

Dohop Flights App gets first class upgrade to deliver powerful travel comparison and booking on-the-go.

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Dohop Flights App, available for free through Google Play and App Store, has been updated with a fully revised design, more robust flight search and the ability to save recent flight searches. Dohop has also added a new “discover” tool, based on Dohop Go, which lets users browse and book the best-priced destinations currently available from their location.

The app also now includes hotel and rental car search for a complete travel comparison and booking experience on-the-go. All of the flight search filters and currency preferences enjoyed on Dohop’s site are also now available within the app.

Both the Android and iOS apps were built using React Native, streamlining development and improving Dohop’s ability to release features simultaneously across both platforms as well as desktop and mobile, for a more fluid user experience.

“Dohop is committed to making travel planning fun and simple. This is reflected in our new brand identity and the simplicity of the user experience on our site and app,” says David Gunnarsson, CEO of Dohop.

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What’s in the Dohop Flights App?

  • Hotel and rental car search
  • Robust Flight Search engine
  • Saved search results — see most recent flight searches.
  • Sort flight search results by price, take-off  and landing times, best possible itinerary and more.
  • Filter quality of travel (overnight stay, overnight flight, ground transport between connections, self-connecting travel), number of connections, length of time between connections as well as airport, airline and online travel agency inclusion or exclusion.
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Dohop “Discover” at-a-glance

  • Browse best-priced flights from your location without typing.
  • Check current travel prices for any destination globally, for up to 1 year.
  • Intuitive user guidance simplifies travel planning.
  • Additional “self-connect” icons identify unique, Dohop-created flight itineraries in search results.

Dohop Flights App Discover

 

 

Iceland wants to go anywhere but France

Iceland wants to go anywhere but France

In June, Dohop saw over 94,000 unique visitors within Iceland searching for flights, hotels and rental cars. Most of those visitors were looking for ways to get to France, more specifically the Euro2016 games. According to the latest census, the population of Iceland is 331, 778 people. Basically, one could conclude that nearly 1/3 of the residents of Iceland had Football Fever last month.

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Adieu, France. Iceland moves on to Spain.

But as July shows us, there’s more to Europe (and the world) than the European Championships (a heart felt congratulations to Cristiano Ronaldo and team Portugal). Now that the Euro2016 games are behind us, residents of Iceland have quickly returned to normal travel patterns, with Spain– one of the most popular holiday destinations for Icelanders– predictably leading as the top getaway spot (but we still love you, France! Happy upcoming Bastille Day!).

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Dohop Go. Anywhere. Simple.

If you visit Dohop Go you’ll find there are over 75 destinations with flight fares from Keflavik for under 40.000 ISK between now and December 2016; and over 20 destinations for under 30.000 ISK this summer alone (including Paris!). So whether you are looking for the best priced destinations in the UK, Europe, the US or really anywhere, now is a good time to book your trip. Dohop Go can help you decide!

Not in Iceland?

No worries! Dohop Go can also show you the best priced destinations from your home airport.

Dohop Flights App 3.0 for Android and iOS

Want to compare and book flights on the move? Join the thousands of travelers relying on the Dohop Flights app to find and book flights for their business, holiday and vacation needs.

We just released version 3.0 of our popular Dohop Flights app for Android and iOS. In the new version, you’ll find a great new design, the ability to see your recent searches and a few bug fixes that make the app easy to navigate.

 

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World Tourism

5 Charts That Show the Surprising Growth of World Tourism

Your favorite place in the world is about to get really crowded. 

The following charts show just how much global tourism impacts the world economy and, more surprising, just how much it is set to grow.

What surprises us most about these projections, especially the first one, is just how much tourism is expected to grow in Europe, and the expected explosion in visits to countries in Asia.

Another interesting thing to note is just how little visits to the Americas are expected to grow.

 

1. Projected Internation Tourist Arrivals

Global World Tourism Growth

Is This the Internet's Best Flight-Deal Gadget?

We outdid ourselves, for you.

We have a deal-finding gadget called Dohop Away that shows users flight prices from out database. You see, every time a user searches for a flight, our system “remembers” the price, for quicker lookup in the near future (called “caching”, in computer-lingo).

Dohop is unique in that we present users with flight search results where more than one booking has to be made, often saving users hundreds of dollars / pounds / what have you. These two-booking prices were put together on-the-fly and therefor hard to cache. After pouring boatloads of coffee into our programmers, however, we solved it.

And now, Dohop Away has those Dohop-special prices as well.

To see a list of prices from your nearest airport, just enter your airport in the little search box and select a date. We’ll do the rest. Try it -> Dohop Away.

Sums it up nicely

Now get packing!

Dohop meets Snow White

Ironically, the prettiest version of Dohop at the moment  is not Dohop.

No, it is a Dohop whitelabel called viaMilano. Snow White to our witch.

It looks like this:

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Fly viaMilano is a project we have been working on that shows flights around Europe (and the world, for that matter) but the flights search powering it is especially programmed to include stopovers in Milan (hence the name). You see, the beauty of owning our own flight search (unlike most all our American competition) is that we can customize it at will, like we do for Virgin Atlantic and Iceland Express. The functionality of our search engine is modified to meet the desires of the client. We’re clever like that.

Back to Snow White… erm… viaMilano. What users also notice is that their results are beautiful. If only our own results looked that good.

 

HOWEVER… we are working on a new version of Dohop as we speak, now that viaMilan has been completed. There is a new front page, new results, new bells and new whistles. And it will all be available to you, dear Dohop user, in less than two shakes of a pine cone.

For now, though, all you get to peek at is the slightly modified Dohop logo.

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You like?

What changes to Dohop would you like to see?

 

Malpensa airport flight search now powered by Dohop

SEA Aeroporti di Milano, operator of Malpensa and Linate airports in Milan, and flight search company Dohop announce the launch of a new flight search on ViaMilano website, www.flyviamilano.eu.

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Dohop as it appears on viaMilan

ViaMilano is a free service that allows you to reach hundreds of international destinations through Milan Malpensa Airport by combining different airlines routes, offered by either low cost or traditional carriers.

ViaMilano is powered by Dohop technology, known for finding superior flight connections, especially between low-cost and legacy airlines. As Malpensa is easyJet’s first European hub outside the United Kingdom, including a dedicated easyJet terminal, it is ideally suited for connecting Europe to the rest of the world.

“We are very happy with the final project. With the Dohop cooperation the ViaMilano website, designed to help travelers from all over the world find airline connections via Malpensa airport in Milan, now offers a faster search of all flights and a reliable service for all passengers.”

– Giulio De Metrio, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of SEA

“We are very pleased with the opportunity to work with SEA on this project. With our help, they have created an innovative and well thought-out product, allowing for pleasant transit experience in Milano.”

– Kristjan Bjarnason, Dohop CEO

Dohop already supply some airlines with connection searches (see for example Virgin Atlantic), and viaMilan is the second airport-specific flight search, the first being flyKlia for Kuala Lumpur airport.

Dohop's new Deal Finder (teaser screenshot)

Soon we’ll be launching our new deal finder, currently called Away. Clicking on the screenshot should give you a larger view.

Travel Deals

Screenshot of Dohop Away

It is designed so that you enter the location you will be travelling from, in this case Dublin, and a time (March 2011 for instance), press “One-way” or “Return” and we then show you available deals. You can organize them by price (pictured) or by location alphabetically.

We are open to suggestions for a different name.

p.s. The backdrop is New York city, not Dublin.

We hope Away will be a sensation, all viral and whatnot.

Low-Cost, Lower-Cost, Lowest-Cost

EasyJet and Ryanair revolutionized flying in Europe with their low-cost models.

EasyJet and Ryanair revolutionized flying in Europe with their low-cost models.

The end of the 20th century saw the boom of low-cost airlines, especially in Europe and the USA. These airlines changed the industry forever. Flying is no longer a luxury, which a few people can afford. Today many Europeans fly to London, Berlin or Prague just for a Saturday night out. Besides, these airlines triggered a general reduction of prices, better competition between carriers and increasing passenger numbers. This revolution has however mostly been restricted to flying within the same continent and long-haul flights are still somewhat taken only when one has a good reason and they generally cost a fortune.

Low-cost carriers usually base their business on providing fewer “luxuries” than traditional airlines. You could expect not to get free meals and entertainment systems and to book your tickets by yourself on the Internet. Departure and arrival times might sometimes be at weird hours of the night, but that makes it possible to keep airplanes in the skies, where they generate income for the airline, rather than on the ground. This model works well for short flights, but some of its advantages (such as the maximum usage of aircraft and landing at smaller and cheaper airports) are hard to make use of for long-haul flights. Yet, a lot og people are prepared to sacrifice a few conveniences in order to get a cheaper ticket to visit a place faraway.

The idea of low-cost long-haul flights is in fact nothing new. A groundbreaking airline, Laker Airways, offered no-frill service between New York and London between 1977 and 1982, when it went bankrupt. Since then many airlines have exploited the idea and many have failed. The past couple of years though see a boom in new and old low-cost carriers plying long-haul routes and planning new ones. The boom was also boosted by the financial crisis, which saw a sharp decline in business class travel and other luxurious travel services. Besides, new aircraft such as the Airbus A380 and the Boeing Dreamliner offer lower operational costs for long-haul flights.Most such airlines currently link mostly big cities such as London and New York. Flights between the US west coast and some big cities in Asia are also popular routes for low cost carriers.

Some European no-frill airlines such as Condor, Air Berlin, Eurofly, Air Comet and Arkefly mostly operate routes from their bases in Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands to popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, Africa, South America and even Nepal. Densely populated countries in Asia, such as India and Malaysia, have also seen the introduction of low-cost flights to Europe and North America, operated by Jet Airways and Air Asia X. From Australia you can find cheap flights mostly to Asia but also some to the USA and new destinations are constantly added. Some carriers make use of a convenient short stopover (only carrying the fuel for a long flight makes the flight itself more expensive). Iceland Express, for example, has announced flights to New York and Winnipeg starting in the summer. Passengers will be able to easily connect in Iceland to a variety of European destinations.

Some of the airlines that advertise themselves as low-cost, especially ones flying on long-distance routes, do not always sacrifice all of the services described above. Some even have a business class and thus resemble traditional airlines. At the same time the latter are pressed by the competition and often offer good deals as well. This way the fine line between low-cost and traditional carriers is more often than not hard to see these days. In order to get the best deal, passengers need to compare prices. And there is no better way to do that than to use dohop.com.

The Dreamliner

The aviation industry is definitely undergoing rapid changes these days. Now that Airbus is producing more and more of its giant A380 Boeing successfully carried out the maiden flight of its newest aircraft, the 787 Dreamliner, near its base in Seattle. The 787 has been the fastest selling wide-body airliner in history and that is obviously for a reason.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner (source: www.newairplane.com)

Boeing 787 Dreamliner (source: www.newairplane.com)

Boeing is aiming to set new standards in air travel with the Dreamliner. The plane will offer more comfort to passengers with a brand new interior design, larger windows, cleaner and better air, more storage space and internet connection.
Some of these conveniences are possible because of the new materials, which Boeing is using to build the aircraft. Instead of aluminium, Boeing uses composite materials for constructing the fuselage, which allows for higher internal pressure during flight (that means less dizziness for you) and higher air humidity, as the composite materials are not subject to corrosion as aluminium. Besides, with the 787 Boeing is introducing new systems to improve passenger experience during turbulence and heavily reduce noise from the engines. The new materials also make the aircraft lighter than comparable planes and Boeing promises that the 787 will use 20% less fuel than its current rivals.

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source: www.lefigaro.fr

The Dreamliner will be able to seat less than 300 passengers, which makes it tiny compared to Airbus’ A380 but the idea behind both planes is totally different. The A380 was designed with the belief that in the future people will prefer to fly long distances between hubs and then take smaller planes to their final destination. This is the so-called hub-and-spoke model, which is in active use at the moment. Boeing, on the other hand belives in the point-to-point model, that is that people will want to fly directly to their final destination rather than change planes at big airports. The Dreamliner is capable of doing that as it has a range of more than 8,000 miles (enough to fly from New York to Asia or between Dubai and Los Angeles).
The 787 starts regular service at the end of 2010 with All Nippon Airlines. Although only the future will show which industry model is more successful, the most important thing is that air carriers get a better selection of aircraft and passengers will get better service at competitive prices.

The giant of the skies

The A380 landing at Sydney airport

The A380 landing at Sydney airport. (Sourse: smh.com.au)

Just over two years ago, at the end of October 2007 the brand new Airbus A380 made its maiden commercial flight from Singapore to Sydney. The flight was operated by one of the biggest airlines in the world, Singapore Airlines, and the aircraft was produced by the biggest airplane maker in the world, Airbus. That flight was a cornerstone in aviation history.

A380 is by far the largest passenger airliner that the world has ever seen. It is a wide body aircraft and has two decks, the total take-off weight being 560 tonnes and its wingspan – 80 metres. If you have seen it up close and personal, you will know what that means. It is so gigantic that you cannot stop wondering how on earth it can get in the air. But it does and it has been doing it very well in the past two years with an excellent safety record.
One of the best things about the A380 is that it is extremely fuel efficient and the fuel consumption per seat is by up to 20% lower than that of its main “rival”, the former record holder Boeing 747. This has been achieved by the use of the latest technologies and lightweight materials for building the aircraft. Besides, it has a capacity of carrying 853 passengers, which is 50% more than the capacity of a Boeing 747.

A First Class suite on a Singapore Airlines A380. (Sourse: TheAge.com.au)

A First Class suite on a Singapore Airlines A380. (Sourse: TheAge.com.au)

Because of its size, the A380 is also able to introduce the earth´s greatest luxuries to the skies. First class passengers on Emirate´s A380 aircraft already enjoy private suites, bars and lounges as well as “shower spas”. Virgin Atlantic plans to have casinos, double beds and gyms on its A380s. These might come in useful during the long hours on the plane. The A380 is namely capable of flying 15,200 km or directly between Hong Kong and New York.
So far only 20 of these aircraft have been delivered to Singapore Airlines, Qantas, Emirates and Air France. Lufthansa and Korean Air expect their first A380s in 2010. So if you are an airliner freak (like me) or just curious and want to experience the giant in the skies, you should look for a flight on those airlines on your favourite search engine, www.dohop.com.