Airlines Continue to Test NFC for Boarding; BLE Piloted for Airport Navigation

France-based telco Orange and Air France, along with airline industry and information technology services provider SITA have launched a trial of an NFC boarding pass application for the airline’s route from Toulouse to Paris, and SITA is also piloting Bluetooth low energy beacons at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

The six-month trial of NFC boarding passes involves a few hundred Air France Flying Blue frequent flyer club members with NFC-enabled handsets from Orange, who will be able to tap NFC readers in French airports, Toulouse-Blagnac and Paris-Orly, to board airplanes and access airport lounges and priority lanes for airport security.    

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Among Topics Covered:

  • Details of NFC trial launched by Orange and Air France, along with airline tech supplier SITA, putting airline industry standard boarding passes on SIM cards
  • Reason for delay in trial
  • Details of pilot of Bluetooth low energy-based beacons by American Airlines at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • EasyJet’s announcement of three pilots of Apple’s iBeacon technology
  • Pros and cons of putting boarding passes or frequent flyer numbers on SIMs or other secure elements, including flat-battery boarding
  • Position of International Air Transport Association on NFC-based boarding passes
  • Prospects for use of host-card emulation for transmitting boarding passes and frequent flyer numbers
  • SITA’s approach to HCE

Sources Quoted:

  • Stephane Gruber, NFC program director, SITA
  • Emmanuel Jamin, head, partnership development for NFC, Orange
  • Stephan Copart, head, strategy and simplifying business, financial and distribution services transformation, IATA
  • Renaud Irminger, Geneva lab director, SITA
  • Paula Hunter, executive director, NFC Forum

Among companies and organizations mentioned:

Air France
Orange
SITA
IATA
American Airlines
Japan Airlines
Scandinavian Airlines
EasyJet
Iberia
NFC Forum 

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