Crescentrating today launched the world's first Air Travel Prayer Time Calculator. This inflight prayer times application will now allow Muslim travelers to know the prayer times along the flight path of their journey by air. The application calculates the accurate prayer times along your flight path by simply entering your departure and arrival airports and times. Based on the departure airport and arrival airport & time, the application calculates the prayer times along its flight path. It is hosted on Crescentrating's website (www.crescentrating.com) and gives information on the availability of prayer facilities at the departure and arrival airports.
[UPDATE: The Air Travel Prayer Time Calculator is now hosted on Crescentrating's consumer website Halaltrip.com]
Until now, Muslim travelers had to rely on educated guesses to determine prayer times during flights. With the surge in Muslim travel, especially from countries like the United States, Malaysia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates, there was an urgent need for such a tool.
"This is the public beta release of the application. We will launch the mobile applications once we have tested them with as many travelers as possible. We also plan to add other features, such as direction for prayers, in the future release of the app," said Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of Crescentrating.
"From the very inception of Crescentrating, this was one of the frustrations of Muslim travelers that we wanted to find a solution for. It took us some time, but we are extremely excited to launch this application. We hope this will make life easier for those who want to ensure they do not miss their prayers while on an airplane," says Fazal.
Rafi-uddin Shikoh, Managing Director of DinarStandard, a US-based Muslim Market consultancy company, said, "With the Muslim lifestyle-friendly market for all types of products and services on the rise, there are many opportunities for innovation to cater to their unique needs. This is another example of how Crescentrating has filled a void. This is sure to delight many Muslim travelers who have been struggling with this issue."
Crescentrating website includes Muslim traveler guides for hundreds of cities around the world. Last year, It introduced the Qiblah Direction & Prayer Times button for its Crescentrated Hotels and Country Guides. Travelers utilizing the website to plan their next vacation will now be able to identify the Qiblah direction and local prayer times for any of the cities listed in Crescentrating's Guides and know the prayer times along the flight path of their next flight.