Emirates' mobile boarding pass

Emirates has begun offering customers the option of receiving a mobile boarding pass on their internet-enabled mobile device, the world’s largest airline by passengers ferried said in a statement today.

The service, said the statement, is currently available only to passengers flying out of Dubai, and those who use the airline’s online check-in facility. Following the launch in Dubai, over 30 other mobile boarding pass-compliant airports have been identified for implementation across the airline’s network, the statement added without offering an implementation timeline.

Emirates reckons the use of mobile boarding passes will save a minimum of 550kg of paper in the first year of implementation. Across the Emirates Group, over 3.6m kg of paper and cardboard have been recycled in the financial year 2010-11.

“The launch of Emirates’ mobile boarding pass not only supports paperless travel and the reduction of paper waste, but also meets the demands of a new era of travellers, who seek a more sophisticated and efficient means of managing their business and leisure travel,” said Mohammed H Mattar - Divisional Senior Vice President Airport Services, Emirates.

“The mobile boarding pass puts flexibility and control completely in the hands of our customers, while making a small step towards reducing our environmental impact.”

Passengers can log on to the airline’s website and choose to receive a web-link to their mobile boarding pass by email or SMS, that displays a barcoded boarding pass on their internet-enabled phone.

The mobile boarding pass can be scanned and read directly at all check-in counters, airport security check points, Dubai immigration, Emirates First Class and Business Class lounges, and boarding gates, the statement said.

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