Starts trialling the service on one of its long haul Boeing 777-300 aircraft
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Low fare airline Jetstar is about to trial a world-first mobile phone technology that issues boarding passes via SMS. In a bid to reduce check-in times and long queues, the SMS "passes" can be scanned electronically from the phone's screen at the departure gate.
The SMS boarding pass was developed during the past six months by the Sissit Group, which was set up in Melbourne in early 2008 to work on airport immigration and other services.
The global financial crisis has been hard on may industry sectors, but arguably few are doing it as tough as the airline industry.
The International Air Transport Association has set aggressive new information technology-led savings targets as the faltering global economy threatens to drag aviation industry revenue down as much as $US35 billion this year.
The fresh plan, finalised in late 2008, could cut industry costs by an additional US$3.7 billion a year if carriers succeeded in eliminating all paper documents used in shipping goods by air.
Jetset Travelworld and Qantas Holidays are counting on a pair of computing projects to give them a leg-up in Australia's burgeoning online travel industry as part of their proposed $800 million merger.
The projects include further improvements to a $4 million Qantas business travel system and a new Jetset online booking engine - both due for completion this year.
The Qantas board has approved agreements for a new engineering and maintenance platform to replace the ill-fated, $40 million Jetsmart system.
The news comes as the carrier announced its technology and communication costs jumped $49 million in the first half of 2007-08.