The International Air Transport Association (IATA) revealed that the IATA Travel Pass has been successfully tested by Singapore Airlines, marking the first use of the app on an international flight.
Singapore Airlines announced last week that it will become the first airline in the world to pilot the IATA Travel Pass app, conducting a two-week trial between March 15 and March 28 for customers traveling from Singapore to London.
Passengers have arrived at London Heathrow Airport, after using technology to create a secure digital version of their passport on their mobile device. Travelers were able to enter flight details to learn about restrictions and travel requirements, then receive verified test results and confirmation that they meet those criteria.
The digital health check app has been in development for the past year, and several carriers have signed up for trials in the coming weeks and months, including Air Baltic, Malaysia Airlines, Rwandair, and Air New Zealand. Three of the Gulf’s largest airlines are also on the verge of testing, and BA’s parent company, IAG, has been working with IATA on the development of the program.
Alexandre de Juniac, Managing Director and CEO of IATA, said:
“The successful implementation of the IATA Travel Pass in this trial with Singapore Airlines passengers demonstrates that the technology can help travelers and governments securely, conveniently and efficiently manage the health credentials of passengers. travelers. The importance of this for restarting international aviation cannot be overstated. “
De Juniac added:
“Today’s success is a big win for many parties. It offers travelers a one-stop-shop to help them comply with the new travel rules. This shows that governments can effectively manage these travel requirements with full confidence in the identity of the passenger and the veracity of the travel credentials, importantly, avoiding long queues. And it’s a specially designed way for airlines to manage new travel demands without drowning in inefficient and inefficient paper-based processes.
JoAnn Tan, Acting Senior Vice President, Marketing Planning, Singapore Airlines, also commented on the news:
“Digital health credentials will be essential as borders reopen and travel restrictions are gradually lifted around the world. The successful implementation of the IATA Travel Pass reflects Singapore Airlines’ goal of using secure digital solutions to verify health information and support a safe and transparent travel experience for our customers. “
The news comes after the European Commission unveiled a proposal for a digital green certificate to facilitate travel across the bloc – a move requested by IATA earlier this year. The organization welcomed the news, as well as other associations in the aviation sector.
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