Finnair launches mobile check-in and boarding passes

The Finnish airline carrier Finnair has launched two new mobile phone services for UK travellers – mobile boarding passes and text message check-in. Passengers will now be able to proceed straight to the gate if they only have hand luggage.

Text message check-in is available to members of Finnair Plus, the carrier’s frequent flyer programme. If you have luggage to check into the hold, you need to pass by the baggage drop desk in the departure hall. Otherwise, you can proceed straight to the gate.

Finnair’s UK sales director Tomi Hänninen, says: “The mobile boarding pass system cuts passengers’ carbon footprint by removing the need for passengers to print out and keep track of a paper boarding pass, thus eliminating waste paper. Customers will also see a tangible benefit through using the mobile boarding pass system as it will speed up the check in process, affording Finnair flyers even greater stress free travel.”*

The new mobile boarding pass incorporates a 2D bar code which can be scanned at the airport. The pass works on all mobile phones and will be charged at the cost of a normal text message plus the data cost for downloading the pass.

Finnair Plus passengers should update their profile with their mobile phone number to pursue the mobile check-in service. For flights departing in the morning, Finnair sends a check-in text message the previous evening between 17:00 and 19:00, and for flights departing in the afternoon, the message is sent around 3 hours before departure time. You need to send back the letter A to accept text message check-in.

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*Source – Times Online November 2009
**Premium £5.32 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual aged under 55 taking out a ‘Standard’ Single-trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 3 days in Europe excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (November 2009) and are subject to change.