Not wanting to lose its edge on all things digital, Air New Zealand, the same airline that has a fairy granting wishes on Twitter, has announced an update to its mPass mobile application that now allows users to book flights using their smartphones or tablet devices, getting people one step closer to never needing to sit on their computers again.
For now, the new booking system will only work for domestic flights but the company says it is working to introduce mobile booking for international flights by the end of the year.
“The new mobile booking system has been developed in-house and will enable our customers to book their domestic flights quickly and easily from their mobile phone,” says Calum Laming, the airline’s general manager of Customer Experience. “Based on initial feedback we certainly expect the system to be popular among customers and plan to expand mobile technology later in the year, including introducing mobile booking for international flights,” he adds.
Flights can be booked via the mobile app using credit card information (which users can store on their online profile if they want to use the Express Checkout option) or airpoints dollars.v
The mPass app, a free application for both iOS and Android devices, was launched in 2009 and acts as an electronic boarding pass, as well as a portal to manage a user’s Air New Zealand account, check and manage existing booking and look up airport maps and travel information.