Skyscanner has dipped into toes into the world of mobile travel search, quietly releasing the first version of its smartphone application into the Apple appstore yesterday.
The metasearch site's All Flights, Everywhere free app was released in 23 languages, including English, Italian, Dutch and Japanese, and is a mobile re-working of the existing flight search tools on the main site.
Skyscanner is keen to stress that the first outing is the start of a steady roll out of functionality for the app, covering just "day view" flight search.
Later releases will include other browsing capability, the "inspirational" search part of the main site, maps and social media integration.
For the moment users can carry out some of the other functions now appearing on travel search apps such as link to the supplier website, connect to the airline's call centre and email a deal to contacts within the handset's address book.
No word yet as to whether Skyscanner will follow its rival in some markets with a quasi-booking element, where users let Kayak secure seats on their behalf.
Early indications on the iTunes appstore see the Skyscanner app compared favourably against Kayak's version.
"Beats the pants off Kayak," says one review.