Fubra, and trading style CatN, have now been working with Thomas Cook Online for over three years. It has been an important period for both our companies. Thomas Cook have been rebuilding investor confidence by restructuring their business, and we have been growing our business and productising our R&D efforts, bringing them to market.

The relationship began as a ‘skunk works’ project. Thomas Cook immediately required colocation for a small number of development servers. We were able to respond very quickly and provided the servers within 48 hours of the initial request.

Clearly Thomas Cook recognised the benefits of working with a hungry, responsive SME and from this first engagement the relationship grew. We were asked to host ever larger development and testing environments, all the time delivering an agile and incredibly responsive service, led by an expert technical team in CatN.

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Following the success of our World Airport Codes app and to celebrate the site’s 10 year anniversary, the team at Fubra decided it was time the site received a complete frontend and backend overhaul. The website provides airport codes and information on nearly 10,000 airports around the world.

The Takeoff

Over the years World Airport Codes has gradually increased traffic at an astounding rate even though the design had received little attention and had only been changed once:

We could not believe quite how popular it became and realised the data we were providing was valuable to visitors, but who were these visitors?

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microstack logoI’m excited to announce that CatN have just launched a new private cloud solution! Microstack is a modular, OpenStack-based private cloud, designed to meet the needs of small to medium businesses looking for a cloud entry point which scales to meet their needs in a predictable way and without long contracts.

We’ve been working on bringing a private cloud to market for just over a year now and MicroStack is the culmination of this effort. I’m really proud that we’ve achieved our objective of creating a low-cost, short-commit private cloud offering to appeal to SMEs who have traditionally been scared off from high-CAPEX private clouds with long contract durations.

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Greetings! Just a quick update on what the Fubra World team has been working on since finalising our Audit and Targets earlier this year. We first highlighted a few projects with a decent potential revenue that we could all work on and release within a very short period of time.

 

Our World Airport Codes (WAC) made the shortlist as it has been one of our most popular sites for many years even though we had not worked on it too much during the past couple of years. Nor had we spent any time as a team thinking about how to fully monetise the website… That is of course until recently!

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For those unfamiliar, WAC is basically a giant index of vital details regarding over 10,000 of the busiest airports around the world. Providing authentic information on each individual airport’s mapped location, coordinates, runway length & elevation, timezone, airport contact details and of course the area, country and airport code.

 

We realised that despite WAC’s already high traffic, the number of visitors was continuously and consistently rising even further. Eventually we decided that now was the time to do something with the site to improve it for our high number of visitors so we began by researching the site’s traffic and trying to understand who our users were and why they used our website.

 

Our research demonstrated that over 20% of our visitors were accessing the site from their mobile devices. This encouraged us to design, create and release a mobile application for both iOS and Android users to improve the experience of the site for those accessing it from a mobile device:

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The apps were developed to improve the usability of the site from a mobile device. By also implementing the desired features from the site into the app we have managed to create an application which really does allow the owner to view ‘Every airport in your hands!’

 

It would still provide the users with the same essential information as the site but direct to your mobile device, wherever you are, within seconds.

Our goal is to be the number one resource for all fields of airport information by members of the following industries:

Commercial Airlines

Travel Agents

Airport Personnel

Aviation Fans

Private Pilots

Freight & Cargo Logisticians

Flight Simulation Gamers

Avid Travellers

The apps are currently priced at a promotional fee of just £0.69 or $0.99 on both the Google Play and iTunes stores. This launch price discount is for a limited time only and will soon return to its RRP of £1.49 / $1.99 (US store).

Although the WAC app has only been available for little more than a week we have been experiencing a positive response from our users. With multiple daily purchases and some very satisfying reviews and ratings already:

 

Finding an airport via it’s name or code is super quick and the design is super clean.

A nice and simple app that provides runway and airport contact information for thousands of airports around the world.

Bought this app as need to check airport codes for work and it seems pretty good so far.

Available now on iOS & Android

Available now on iOS & Android

We’re very pleased with how the app has come along and the comments we’ve received but if you have any thoughts, suggestions or feedback in general please feel free to share it with us and we can address these and try to work them into future updates.

Tweet us: @WAC_Official

Contact: http://www.world-airport-codes.com/suggestion.html

Recently we started looking at redeveloping World Airport Codes and one of the important questions that came up was:

What framework should we use?

It came to a bit of discussion about what would be the best framework for the job and a split was found internally regarding which solution should be used. Like the agile company we are, we came across an issue and quickly tried to rectify it with minimal lead time.

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