Qantas is joining the growing number of airlines backing Apple's Passbook technology for mobile boarding passes.
Starting today, Qantas travellers who complete domestic check-in on their iPhone will be able to add their mobile boarding pass to their Passbook app.
Just follow the mobile check-in process as you ordinarily would, and watch for the Add to Passbook button to appear at the top of the mobile boarding pass.
This will add a boarding pass – colour-coded to match your Qantas frequent flyer status – for that flight into Passbook.
The Passbook app is a 'digital wallet' capable of storing boarding passes, movie tickets and membership cards, and is built into the iPhone 5 as well as being available on earlier model iPhones which have been updated to Apple's latest iOS 6 software (however, Passbook isn't in the iOS 6 available on iPads).
“The overwhelming majority of our customers who use mobile check-in do so via an iPhone” notes Samantha Taranto, Executive Manager Domestic Customer Experience.
A Qantas spokesperson says the airline is "working on further developments to the app which will enable live updates to the boarding passes. We expect that this extension will be in place by late January 2013."
Other airlines which have rolled out Passbook support include Qantas partner American Airlines, Virgin Australia, United and Delta.
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