Virgin Australia, Delta, American Airlines, United support Apple's Passbook app

By David Flynn, September 13 2012

Update | Virgin Australia's Passbook mobile boarding passes will go live this week with the debut of iOS 6 and the iPhone 5.

Previous | Virgin Australia, American Airlines, United and Delta are first off the mark to confirm their mobile boarding passes will work with Apple's Passbook app being built into iOS 6, which will be released this month along with the debut of the iPhone 5.

Passbook, as we've previously detailed, stores digital versions of boarding passes, movie tickets and membership cards.

AusBT reader Shaun Lorrain checked in for a Virgin Australia flight using the airline's mobile website on his iPhone, which is running a developer preview edition of iOS 6 – and this is what he saw.

Yes, iOS 6 detected the mobile checkin and offered to save the boarding pass into Shaun's Passbook account.

Read: Apple iOS 6 – top six features for business travellers

Passbook also offers live updates to these e-passes, such as flight delays and changes to the airport boarding gate.

Delta's Passbook support was showcased during Apple's launch presentation for the iPhone 5, and American Airlines has also confirmed it will upgrade its iPhone app to be Passbook-friendly.

United Airlines has already committed to supporting Passbook with its own mobile boarding passes.

Where to from here? We think that Passbook could prove to be the first step towards Apple's all-encompassing iTravel ecosystem, which Apple hopes will one day transform the travel industry the way Apple’s iTunes Store did the music industry.

While Apple has not publicly discussed iTravel, dozens of mock-up screens like the one above were revealed in Apple's submissions to the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Click here for our screen-by-screen walkthough of how Apple wants you to travel in the iTravel era.

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David Flynn

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Jasonsbradshaw

Jasonsbradshaw

08 Sep 2012

Total posts 1

I got excited when I got this link as well but unfortunately it didn't add it to passbook - will be great though. 

AlG

AlG

04 Nov 2010

Total posts 674

I wonder how long it'll be before the Virgin app is fully upgraded to work with Passbook? Nice forward-thinking of them!

here2go

here2go

Qantas

10 Sep 2011

Total posts 162

Open standard?  Can all phones use the same tech?  If not, I can't see why DJ is bothering.  Better to focus on high-speed boarding with NFC than mucking about with a scanner and shiny screen phones.

here2go

here2go

Qantas

10 Sep 2011

Total posts 162

Noting that 80% of the top 50 airlines in the world plan to be using NFC for checkin by 2014 including Qantas, Apple are seriously shooting themselves in the foot with iPhone 5.  http://mozo.com.au/travel-money/articles/nfc-could-change-airport-check-in-forever-nfc-could-change-airport-check-in-forever/801284866

Free kick to Windows Phone 8 and Android.  While Virgin have a nice PR win for iPhone users at present, I hope they keep up with the rest of the industry with NFC standards.


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