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I was wondering how Google get its data for flights, not for the google.com/flights website, but when you search for a flight in the actual Google search. So for instance if I search 'United 51' I am given a nice little line that shows how far along the path the flight is, the scheduled and actual times of arrival/departure and other bits of information, how do they gather this data?

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closed as off-topic by Mark Mayo, Kate Gregory, choster, Flimzy, hippietrail Nov 12 '13 at 5:13

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This question belongs to programmers stackexchange –  happybuddha Nov 11 '13 at 20:57
ITA Software has been purchased by Google in 2011, that's how they get the data from primary sources. –  mindcorrosive Nov 11 '13 at 21:19
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about programming, not travel –  Mark Mayo Nov 12 '13 at 1:10
It's not about programming any more than asking where Google Maps get the data from, but it's not about travel either. Then again, it's not too far from some factoid questions we've had before. Anyway I'm also voting to close this one. –  hippietrail Nov 12 '13 at 5:13
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about how a website works. –  hippietrail Nov 12 '13 at 5:13