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    23 Apple patents related to NFC and mobile payments

    September 8th, 2014

    Apple has been steadily building a portfolio of patents related to NFC and mobile payments over recent years, from as far back as 2009. NFC World+ has reported on these as they have been published and links are provided here to details of 23 patents covering technical innovations and use cases in payments, mobile marketing, coupon delivery, gifting, event ticketing, content sharing, travel and beyond.  More

    Easyjet pilots Bluetooth beacons at three European airports

    July 8th, 2014

    Low-cost airline easyJet is trialling iBeacon technology at London Luton, London Gatwick and Paris Charles de Gaulle airports. The aim of the project is to “enhance the in airport experience”, the airline says. Bluetooth Low Energy… More

    Air France lets passengers board planes with NFC

    July 2nd, 2014

    Air France, Orange, SITA, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport and RESA have teamed up to provide an NFC boarding experience, allowing a select number of passengers to move through the airport — from entering the building to boarding… More

    Air France to test NFC

    June 25th, 2014

    Air France is to run an NFC pilot at airports in Paris and Toulouse from 2 July, enabling a selected group of customers to download their boarding pass to their NFC phone. Further details will be available when the pilot has been completed, the airline told NFC World+. Air France ran one of the world’s first NFC boarding pass pilots at Nice airport in 2009.

    Iberia to offer NFC boarding cards

    March 4th, 2014

    Spanish airline Iberia has partnered with Samsung to enable travellers to store their boarding passes on their NFC phones. The new service can also be used to speed up luggage check-in and download information in… More

    Schiphol Airport installs NFC boarding gate

    January 31st, 2014

    Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has installed an NFC boarding gate, supplied by air transport IT specialist Sita, allowing passengers to validate their boarding pass with a touch of their NFC smartphone. The installation is the first… More

    IATA and NFC Forum publish NFC air travel reference guide

    October 30th, 2013

    A guide setting out the potential use cases for NFC in the air travel sector has been published by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and The NFC Forum. “NFC Reference Guide for Air Travel”… More

    76% of mobile developers want to use NFC in their apps

    July 24th, 2013

    More than 31% of mobile developers are supporting NFC in their mobile apps today and an additional 45% plan to support the technology in the next 12 months, according to a Mobile Development Survey released… More

    British Airways to offer NFC luggage tags

    July 3rd, 2013

    British Airways has announced it will be launching an electronic luggage tag that houses support for NFC next year. The product will be trialled over the next few months. Using the British Airways mobile app,… More

    JAL adds carriers and coupons to NFC boarding pass service

    May 7th, 2013

    Japan Airlines (JAL) has added coupons and special offers to its NFC-enabled boarding pass service and announced plans to extend operations to include customers of all three of Japan’s mobile network operators. KDDI customers have… More

    Alaska Airlines prepares for NFC

    August 2nd, 2012

    Alaska Airlines is to install 320 BGR135 boarding gate readers, supplied by Access IS, which can be easily upgraded to support NFC. The airline was the first in North America to adopt 2D barcodes for boarding… More

    Apple awarded patent for mobile airline ticketing and travel service

    July 11th, 2012

    The iTravel patent covers the use of an NFC-enabled iPhone for buying an airline ticket, checking in baggage and passing through security. More

    Apple debuts barcode-based Passbook mobile wallet

    June 11th, 2012

    Apple’s forthcoming iOS 6 is to include a new app billed as “the simplest way to get all your passes in one place.” Passbook, announced today at Apple’s WWDC developer conference in San Francisco, looks… More

    Toulouse-Blagnac Airport to test NFC check-ins

    May 22nd, 2012

    “With NFC technology, the mobile phone simplifies the passage of the flyer through the airport,” says the CEO of the first airport in the world to pilot the use of NFC phones to improve the airline passenger experience. More

    Four in five major airlines plan to use NFC by 2014

    February 9th, 2012

    Nearly 80% of the world’s top 50 airlines say they plan to be providing NFC services in three years’ time, according to a survey conducted by airline IT provider Sita, but there are technical challenges that still need to be resolved before NFC mobile boarding passes can become the norm. More

    SAS to introduce NFC to airports

    June 15th, 2011

    Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has announced it will be issuing NFC stickers to frequent flyers from September 2011. The SAS Smart Pass stickers are to be provided to all EuroBonus Gold frequent fliers across Scandinavia with… More

    IATA and GSMA identify how NFC could take off at airports

    March 9th, 2011

    The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has teamed up with the GSM Association (GSMA) to identify six core areas of air travel in which passengers, airports and airlines can benefit from the introduction of near field communication… More

    Access introduces combined NFC and 2D barcode airline boarding pass reader

    March 3rd, 2011

    Access Interfacing Solutions has launched a boarding gate reader which is able to handle boarding passes stored in NFC mobile phones and in contactless cards as well as standard printed boarding passes and those displayed… More

    Air France tests NFC boarding passes at Nice airport

    Air France tests NFC boarding passes at Nice airport

    April 24th, 2009

    Frequent flyers can use NFC phones or stickers to get an electronic boarding pass and collect loyalty points. More

    Air New Zealand issues 100,000 smart stickers to frequent flyers

    Air New Zealand issues 100,000 smart stickers to frequent flyers

    November 19th, 2008

    The airline has provided each of its most frequent domestic travellers with contactless stickers from OTI that can be attached to the back of their mobile phone and act as a permanent and reusable boarding pass. More