have announced the launch of the Virgin Blue Mobile Boarding and Check-in
allows check-in from a mobile device along with the issuing of an electronic
boarding pass in the form of a 2D barcode to the passengers device
devices include Blackberry, Windows Mobile, iPhones, in addition to any mobile
device with a web browser.
can be used via the website mobile.virginblue.com.au, or in case of blackberry
via a dedicated application.
The Check-Mate Virgin Blue Mobile
Boarding and check-in system is only available on direct flights between
Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
media release from Virgin Blue can be read below:
BLUE FIRST AUSTRALIAN AIRLINE TO OFFER A NEW WAY TO CHECK-IN VIA YOUR MOBILE!
LOG IN AND TAKE OFF – NEW TECHNOLOGY
GETS TRAVELLERS MOBILE.
Thursday 22 April, Brisbane, Australia: Virgin Blue has launched a revolutionary,
innovative new process to check in and board on domestic flights via a
traveller’s mobile called “Check-Mate”.
Gone are the days of booking the
flight in advance at a desktop computer, getting to the airport, lining up to
check-in and getting a printed boarding pass, with the new Check-Mate process eliminating
all paper boarding passes in favour of electronic boarding passes on mobile
devices including mobile phones, BlackBerry Smartphones and iPhones.
New technology will enable Virgin
Blue travellers to make flight bookings, changes and cancellations across the
entire Virgin Blue domestic network from their personal devices while on the
run and at their convenience.
Phase one of the innovative
project was launched this week via “mobile.virginblue.com.au” and a special BlackBerry Virgin
Blue application. It offers mobile check-in, seat selection and boarding via 2D
barcode scanning on personal handheld mobile devices for Virgin Blue passengers
travelling on direct flights between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “Being at the forefront of technological advancements is critical to
the Virgin Blue strategy to providing our Guests, especially those who are time
poor, with the latest innovations to make their travel experience streamlined
“We are excited to be the first airline in the country to be
offering a full suite of mobile options, in particular the ability for people
to actually make a flight booking, check themselves in on their way to the
airport and then go straight to boarding with their 2D barcode.”
The barcode will feature all the
key information including flight number, boarding time, seat number and arrival
time at destination.
Brett Godfrey added, “Not only
does it eliminate paper boarding passes in favour of the more environmentally
friendly electronic boarding pass, it heralds the beginning of a new and
dynamic era for travellers who rightly demand more sophisticated and advanced
means of going about their business and leisure travel.”
Flyers can easily log on via
their personal devices and access other Virgin Blue information including
Lounge membership information, details on special travel requirements, Velocity
information and more.
Further cementing Virgin Blue’s
technology leadership in the airline industry, the carrier has launched the
downloadable App for BlackBerry smartphone users.
For Velocity members, Virgin Blue
is partnering with WorldMate to provide key business travel planning services
such as, itinerary management, travel alerts, currency converter and weather
The new application is a feature
rich and fast travel tool and offers key business travel planning services such
as itinerary management, travel alerts, currency converter and weather
While other carriers have
introduced some mobile functionality such as mobile boarding passes, Virgin
Blue is the first to offer a suite of products. The application was developed
as a joint project between Virgin Blue’s own Internet Technology team and
Dublin based Mobile Travel Technologies.
Future phases will include a
range of functions including Australasia wide airport 2D scanning of bar codes
for boarding and enriched mobile functionality across the Virgin Blue Group.