A consortium comprising Air France, Orange, SITA, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and RESA will offer near field communications (NFC) technology to Air France passengers.
Using the Touch&Pass app, passengers travelling on Air France flights from Toulouse-Blagnac to Paris-Orly can complete the entire boarding process through their Orange NFC-based smartphones, providing a seamless boarding experience.
The passengers will also receive their boarding pass on their smartphones, which will be automatically read and located by the RESA reader.
Air France KLM ground product innovation manager Jean-Christophe Gaudeau said that Air France is committed to constantly searching for new products, innovative solutions and services that can improve the travel experience for its customers.
"Air France's participation in the testing of NFC technology at boarding illustrates its desire to be a pioneer in the field of innovation for the benefit of our passengers," Gaudeau said.
SITA chief technology officer Jim Peters said: "This is a perfect example of how SITA and our strategic research arm, SITA Lab, collaborate with our partners to test a variety of new technologies and lead innovation in the air transport industry.
"This trial with Air France and Orange marks the first NFC boarding pass that provides a truly interoperable and scalable solution for the industry."
Image: Air France passengers to use NFC-based boarding process. Photo: courtesy of SITA.