British Airways has now launched mobile boarding passes for Blackberry users, adding functionality so far only enjoyed by passengers with iPhones.
An app for the iPhone, including the mobile boarding pass, has been around since July (see online new July 15), but Blackberry and Android-powered smartphones have had to make do with cut-down versions.
Blackberry users can now download a fully-functioning app from today (October 26), while Android users will have to wait until next month. Users of all three types of smartphone will soon have access to the same features, such as Executive Club details, departure times and BA’s timetables for up to one year in advance.
As with the iPhone, the apps will only be available to members of BA’s Executive Club to allow for the more advanced functions, such as mobile check-in and the boarding pass, which require access to passenger details.
Mobile check-in and boarding passes can now be used on any of BA’s UK domestic flights, as well as outbound services to Europe and inbound flights from 27 European destinations – click here for a full list.
BA is thought to be looking into rolling the service out on international flights, as reported back in July. A spokesperson for BA today said it was “seeking to extend the mobile boarding pass to a much greater extent of our network”, depending on the level of technology present at airports.
Report by Andrew Gough