UAE flag-carrier Etihad Airways has announced the launch of mobile boarding passes on certain routes. They will be available for those who use Etihad's mobile online check-in facility.
With the new programme, the risk of losing one's boarding pass is eliminated. It offers more check-in options while reducing paper wastage and allowing the storage of multiple boarding passes on a single mobile device.
Etihad's chief commercial officer, Peter Baumgartner, commented that the introduction of mobile boarding passes will help simplify the departure and boarding experience. Replacing paper passes with mobile ones will be more convenient for passengers, while also cutting the airline's environmental footprint. It's a move that benefits the guest, the business and the environment.
The information on the mobile boarding passes will be the same as that contained on paper ones, i.e. the name of the traveller, seat number, flight number and gate number plus a barcode to be scanned by an electronic reader at the departure gate.
Mobile boarding passes are sent straight to users' smartphones and can be saved via the Passbook feature on iOS devices or saved and sent to an e-mail address.
The number of airport gateways fitted with mobile boarding pass readers will keep growing with installations across Etihad's global network. At present the new feature can be used by passengers travelling from Abu Dhabi (with the exception of flights to the US), London Heathrow, Manchester, Doha, Colombo, Dammam, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, Minsk, Munich and Tokyo Narita, the airline said.