August 3, 2021

Air New Zealand: a Travel Pass for flights to Sydney

The airline company Air New Zealand will test in the spring the Travel Pass mobile application, developed by theTHERE IT IS, initially on its flights between Auckland and Sydney

As passenger demand and traffic are expected to pick up again next month to soar next month, with the launch of the “New Zealand-Australia travel bubble, Air New Zealand will simultaneously begin testing a digital health certificate” with its customers and employees ”. The road between its base at Auckland and the airport of Sydney-Kingsford Smith, its most important, will be the first to benefit from it in April, said a statement from the New Zealand national company. ” This will give customers the peace of mind to meet all travel requirements for different countries around the world even before arriving at the airport Said Jennifer Sepull, head of digital at Air New Zealand. Which recalls that the choice fell on an application having ” the confidentiality customers at the heart of the design. There is no central database storing personal information – rather it is shared at the discretion of travelers, in a safe and secure manner ».

Customers will be able to create a digital health portfolio linked to their electronic passport ; once they have been tested and / or vaccinated, the labs will securely send data to everyone’s application. The traveler will then be able to verify the travel requirements against the data; whoever meets these travel requirements will then receive the “green tick” for travel. The trial in question will last for three weeks once the app becomes available in iOS / Android app stores. in April, and crews and customers alike will be invited to participate. The company of Star Alliance states that it is in discussion with government agencies on options for validation of tests and vaccination.

According to Jennifer Sepull of Air New Zealand, the goal is to enable customers to seamlessly manage their digital travel documentation throughout their travel experience. ” Once the borders reopen, travel will look very different, with customers’ health data needing to be verified upon check-in. It’s basically like having a digital health certificate which can be easily and securely shared with airlines. This will give the passenger the peace of mind that he meets all the travel requirements for the different countries of the world even before arriving at the airport (…), and that Everybody aboard meets the same government health requirements ».

Unveiled last November, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass is touted as a “comprehensive and standardized solution to validate and authenticate all national Covid-19 regulations regarding passenger travel requirements”; he wins like the others digital health certificates ground with airlines and tour operators around the world. With the hope of facilitating the resumption of air transport in parallel with the vaccination efforts. The IAG group, Air France, Air Caraïbes, French bee, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways or American Airlines among others, but also countries like Denmark and Sweden have already announced test phases, on a voluntary basis.


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