Continental extends mobile boarding to Europe

1 Dec 2009 by AndrewGough

Continental Airlines has extended its mobile boarding pass facility to Frankfurt Airport, the first time it has offered the service outside of the US.

As with other similar systems, passengers receive electronic boarding passes in the form of a barcode which is then scanned directly from the mobile device’s screen.

Continental, the world’s fifth largest airline, said it was also the first US carrier to offer the facility on foreign soil.

"Our customers have told us this is the type of self-service technology they want, and we are pleased to make it available at Frankfurt,” said Mark Bergsrud, Continental’s senior vice president of marketing.

The mobile boarding pass contains passenger and flight information, and according to Continental has safeguards against duplication heightening overall security.

Continental was one of the first US carriers to pilot mobile boarding passes back in December 2007, and now offers the service at 35 airports including its New York hub.

Other airlines to have introduced mobile boarding passes this year include Finnair at London Heathrow and Manchester Airport, SAS throughout Europe and Bmi on domestic flights again at Heathrow.

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Report by Andrew Gough

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