Sky Assist Arrival Services – Lost and Found Automated Baggage Handling and Tracing Software
Sky Assist is a provider of niche advanced software for the air transportation industry. BagAssist, Sky Assist’s vanguard solution, is an application that automates processes for the follow-up of lost and found baggage and is integrated with SITA WorldTracer™, the global standard for the tracing and recovery of lost luggage.
BagAssist Suite: for your arrival/lost and found department
BagAssist Suite provides to airlines & handlers solutions covering all aspects of arrival services and lost and found.
It is a fully web-based group of products that:
- Serves as a front-end to SITA WorldTracer by supporting, simplifying and automating the management of files in WorldTracer
- Produces all necessary messages, reports and labels needed for baggage tracing handling.
- Simplifies and automates the daily work for primary baggage handling and tracing processes
- Ensures services quality standards to the upper level and brings lost and found staff to higher productivity and flexibility
- Interacts with internal and external systems (DCS, airport, courier companies, Frequent Flyer database, etc) to pre-populate file fields, reducing significantly the agent input time and increasing security against fraud (self-service).
BagAssist Suite is constituted of the following products:
- BagAssist agent solution
- BagAssist passenger solutions:
- BagAssist courier solution
BagAssist is currently deployed by a mix of clients, including the airlines Air France/KLM, Qantas and Luxair, as well as ground handlers such as Alyzia, Billund Airport, GBS, Groundforce, SBA and Swissport.
Our customers recognize BagAssist key benefits:
- Simplicity: a ‘plug and play’ solution for which no local installation is needed
- Productivity: increase of staff productivity (up to 65%) and decrease of training needs, resulting in daily shifts reduction
- Professionalism: higher quality of service both towards the passengers and the handled airlines
BagAssist agent solution
BagAssist agents’ application is a smart and user-friendly front-end product supporting, simplifying and automating SITA WorldTracer® management files. It improves the staff productivity and reduces the risk of human errors, thanks to process-driven and syntax validations, warning messages, mandatory fields check, etc. As such, it also decreases the staff training needs, improving staff flexibility and easing the use of temporary employees, mainly needed during peak periods.
- Connection to SITA WorldTracer
BagAssist is connected and exchanging data with WorldTracer over MATIP or web-services for, amongst others:
- Creation, update and closure of AHL / DPR / OHD files
- Baggage reception (DR) and delivery by surface (BDO)
- Sending of bags by plane (FWD, FOH, FAH and FLZ)
- Display and creation of action messages; WM and FW areas
Thanks to its database, BagAssist can still be used during WorldTracer downtime.
- Provide tag labels and professional print-outs
Using BagAssist, tag labels can be automatically printed for rushed luggage, received bags, bags to be delivered and on-hands easing the identification of the bag. From BagAssist, print-outs for passengers and delivery companies are also generated.
- Configurable application behaviour
BagAssist is configurable using the application BagAdmin, allowing to personalize the application behaviour, customise the print-out texts and generate reports that can be exported to PDF or Excel.
- Interfaced to global or specific systems over web-services
To a DCS, delivery companies, airport system, BSM or other systems, BagAssist can be connected over web-services to ensure communication with third-parties systems (retrieve flight lists, alert delivery companies, send BSM, etc).
BagAutorush baggage handling system
BagAutorush module is designed to handle early, late, not-sorted baggage in a fast and effective way by checking if the bag can still be loaded on the passenger flight. If not, an automated rushing procedure is started, producing all necessary messages and baggage labels in order to forward the bag in the fastest way to its final destination.
BagAssist passenger solutions
To offer passengers flexibility and autonomy, BagAssist Suite contains self-service products also relieving the agent workload during peak times. Passengers can report their missing bag from anywhere via Internet (e-AHLreport), via their mobile (m-AHL report) or at the airport via a kiosk (kiosk-AHLreport). After, they can follow-up their bag status online and receive automatic updates via e-mail and/or SMS (e-AHLmanage).
Self-service applications can be run as sub-modules of BagAssist or independently (except for IVR and e-AHLmanage that require files to be created in BagAssist, kiosk-AHLreport or e-AHLreport).
BagAssist BDS courier solution
Part of BagAssist Suite, there is BagAssist BDS which provides baggage delivery solutions to courier companies and accurate information of the baggage incident to passengers and airlines.
PaxClaims claims management system
Also available for airlines, there is PaxClaims; the web-based automated system for claims management in an airline Customer Relations department.
Products and Services
Nashville International Airport Improvement Project
Inverness International Airport
Being a ground handling company dealing with Arrival Services Lost & Found is nowadays not easy if you want to offer good services to handled airlines and stay profitable.Read more
Like each year Sky Assist will be present at the exhibition and conference organized by GHI in Barcelona, Spain, from 27 until 30 November 2017.Read more
For the 14th time, Sky Assist organises its annual BagAssist user conference to be held in Brussels on 20 and 21 June 2017 in the Van Der Valk hotel, Brussels, Belgium.Read more
Sky Assist decided in late 2015 to start developing from scratch its BagAssist core application for agents. The main reasons were that, even though BagAssist has been coded as a web-based application, technology has heavily evolved since the first modules were available in 2002, implying technical constraints like limiting application mobility to other browsers than Internet Explorer, responsive design, time response optimisation and heavy maintenance.Read more
A brand new module is ready for going live for all BagAssist customers, in its desktop version or running on a tablet as an hybrid app (compatible iPad and Android): the Auto-DR / Delivery module.Read more
This year, Sky Assist product manager Eric Stessels will be present at the exhibition and conference organised by GHI in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 28 to 30 November 2016.Read more
Sky Assist, represented by Luc Trentels (managing director), will be present at the WorldTracer user conference organised by SITA in Shanghai, China, from 31 October until 02 November 2016.Read more
In mid-2016, Sky Assist upgraded its e-AHLmanage solution by allowing each handler to configure when and whether data are retrieved from World Tracer or from the BagAssist database. This new feature opens a lot of new opportunities for e-AHLmanage.Read more
m-AHLreport is our new mobile application for passengers to declare their missing bags on their smartphone. e-AHLreport is already used by several of our customers (Air France KLM, Swissport, SBA) for some years. During mid-2014, we developed m-AHLreport, the mobile version of e-AHLreport in collaboration with Air France.Read more
At Sky Assist, communicating with the operations at arrival services and customer relations is critical: it helps us developing our solutions in line with the industry's needs. On a regular basis, we discuss one-to-one with our customers to share their personal experience of our products.Read more
During the first two weeks of November, SkyAssist will take part in two international industry events to spread the latest news about ground-handling operations and meet new and existing customers.Read more
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At Sky Assist, communicating with the operations at arrival services and customer relations is critical: it helps us developing our applications in line with the industry’s needs. For this reason, we renewed our website, created a community portal for our BagAssist customers and joined the conversation on LinkedIn.Read more
During the last BagAssist user conference, held for the company 10th anniversary in Amsterdam, Holland on 27-29 May 2013, the BagAssist community did participate to a survey to rename the self-services applications for passengers originally called OnlineAHL, OnlineDelivery and PaxAHL.Read more
Sky Assist strengthens its partnership with SITA by signing a web service development agreement for WorldTracer. Since few months, SITA has built WorldTracer connectivity using web services, allowing product providers like Sky Assist to develop and test applications connecting to WorldTracer.Read more
Many efforts have been made the last decade to enhance passenger experience through self-service offers, but mainly in pre-departure area only like online check-in, self-baggage tagging or self-baggage drop. However passengers claim interest for more initiatives in that sensible part of the journey too, seen as the second factor in having an (un)pleasant journey.Read more
Ground Handling International magazine will be holding the 15th Annual 2013 conference in Spain. Sky Assist is participating to this event for the 9th time for promoting BagAssist, the web-based suite of products automating the primary baggage tracing process for lost baggage with special focus on self-services applications.Read more
Sky Assist will be holding a stand at the 2013 WACRA (Worldwide Airline Customer Relations Association) in Chicago, United States. Sky Assist will promote PaxClaims, the web-based product for airline complaint management of an Airline Customer Relations department & Refund, the web-based product for airline ticket / coupons refund of an Airline Finance department.Read more
On May 1st 2013, Sky Assist became IATA Strategic partner in Baggage Services area. This is one more step forward in the company recognition as major niche player in baggage services area, with specialisation in lost and found delayed baggage services.Read more
Qantas went live at the beginning of June 2012 with the mishandled baggage BagAssist kiosk PaxAHL application at Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airports. The delayed bag passenger declaration system uses an airport kiosk as an alternative to passengers queuing at the agent's desk.Read more
Swissport International, the world's leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, has launched a state-of-the art self-service solution for passengers arriving in Geneva that increases the quality and efficiency of missing bag reporting.Read more
In these difficult industry times, lost and found departments are often under-staffed and often don't have any real flexible way to add untrained people as the processes and applications are so specific and complex. Therefore, any small incident can easily create chaos to baggage services and take days to recover with frustrated staff facing angry customers.Read more
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Sky Assist, the IT niche software company specialised in top class web-based solution for arrival services and lost & found departments, is pleased to announce that it will be attending the Ground Handling International, the 12th annual conference in Vienna, Austria. It is being heRead more
Geneva/Zurich — Swissport International, the world's leading provider of ground services to the aviation sector, has marked a further e-services milestone with the introduction of a new self-service facility for reporting lost baggage. The new lost and found self-service kiosk enableRead more
Brussels — New customers have been joining the Sky Assist customer community in 2009. Luxair Services and SBA, a French ground-handling company, have joined the BagAssist product community, with production cut-over planned for mid-August and mid-September respectively. BotRead more
SkyAssist, the Belgian provider of advanced niche IT software for the air transportation industry, has welcomed some new customers for its BagAssist product suite, among them Qantas Airways, Luxair or SBA. Qantas Airways, the leading airline company in Australia, has selected BagAssiRead more
Brussels — Following the user conference successfully held in Brussels on 26-27 May 2009, many new features have been presented and added to the 2009 version of BagAssist. These include a complete new BagAdmin product easing BagAssist administration data management, a new kiosk verRead more
Malev Hungarian Airlines has decided to move to the PaxClaims application as a follow-up action for the airline that joined the OneWorld alliance since 1st April 2007. PaxClaims has been analysed as the best solution not only to cope with the normal airline complaint regulations, but also the supRead more
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Air France and KLM, major European airlines part of the Air France / KLM holding, have jointly selected the BagAssist product to implement in the first phase of Paris Charles-de-Gaulle and Amsterdam Schipol airports. This strategic choice will support Air France and KLM to strengthenRead more
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The B2C module called "light AHL" is now ready and has been tested by several customers. The final version will be presented to the BagAssist user community during the third user conference at the end of April. The first implementation will take place before the summer season by SwisspoRead more
There is nothing more frustrating for a passenger than a baggage incident at the end of a journey. The way in which the incident is treated can easily undermine customer loyalty. Until now there was no alternative but to queue alongside other angry and frustrated passengers, eventuallyRead more
Groundforce Selects BagAssist and BagAutorush to Enhance Baggage Handling Services in Portuguese Airports
Groundforce, born out of the Portuguese Handling company which has more than 60 years' experience in ground handling, has selected BagAssist and BagAutorush for use in Portuguese airports. This strategic choice will help support Groundforce build a professional and high quality service for itsRead more
With the BagAssist suite, it is now possible to simplify daily work, improve staff productivity and flexibility and, at the same time raise quality standards in the lost and found baggage and baggage control areas. For many years, Lost & Found and Baggage Control DepartmentsRead more
The second BagAssist User Conference took place in Brussels in April 2005, and was a great success with excellent participation and customer feedback. The Conference welcomed not only existing customers but also potential BagAssist customers that came to have an in-depth look at how the conferencRead more
ADP (Aéroport de Paris) selects BagAssist for its Lost & Found Baggage Departments at Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Orly Airports
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