New Zealand: Airline Uses Stickers To Speed Boarding

 

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Auckland, Christchurch, WellingtonNew Zealand
Scope: 
Rollout
Status: 
In progress
Launch: 
Nov 2008
Main Application: 
Ticketing (airline boarding passes)
Mobile Operator: 
None
Service Provider (application): 
Air New Zealand (ePass boarding pass)
Merchants: 
None
Users: 
100,000 stickers to be distributed (Nov. 2008)
NFC Handsets: 
N/A
TSM*: 
None
Secure Element: 
Passive sticker
Other Vendors: 
On Track Innovations (OTI) (sticker)

Part of an NZ$30 million (US$22.1 million) overhaul of the domestic airport check-in and boarding process, Air New Zealand distributed 100,000 of its “ePass” stickers to frequent flyers in announcing the improved check-in and boarding processes, which also include 2D barcode technology, according to sticker supplier On Track Innovations. Passengers could attach the stickers to the back of their mobile phones or other devices. They could tap the sticker at check-in kiosks or at the gate and use the sticker as a kind of electronic boarding pass, said the airline. The passengers would also have to show ID.

NFC Times Take: 

Japanese airlines have used contactless mobile phones to speed the check-in and boarding process for years and interest is growing elsewhere, including by Air France and reservation system provider Amadeus.

 

 

* Trusted Service Manager: Defined loosely to include companies or other organizations securely distributing, provisioning and managing applications, generally over the air, on secure elements in NFC mobile phones; or licensing their platforms for this purpose.

N/A: Not available or not applicable.

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