Bmi is to trial paperless boarding on selected routes, with boarding passes being sent directly to passengers’ mobile phones.
The facility will initially be available on its London Heathrow to Edinburgh and Manchester routes (one way) and in both directions on its Heathrow to Belfast City flights.
The service will be available to passengers checking in online, with a two-dimensional boarding pass being delivered electronically to the customer's PDA or mobile phone.
Assuming the trial is successful Bmi plans to rollout the system to more destinations on the carrier’s network soon after.
Mobile phones are increasingly becoming integrated into airlines’ commercial offerings, with Emirates recently introducing inflight calls on certain routes (see online news March 20), and carriers such as American Airlines launching mobile versions of their websites (see online news January 28).
For more information visit flybmi.com.
Report by Mark Caswell