By James Wilkinson
Emirates will introduce online check-in for Australian passengers this month, following the lead of several airlines that offer the service in Australia, including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
Online check-in now available for Emirates passengers
The airline is introducing an e-boarding pass (eBP), which will be available for passengers departing Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, and the move comes as the airline prepares to increase capacity into the Australian market.
From February 1, Emirates will fly the Airbus A380 from Dubai to Sydney and onto Auckland, becoming the third airline to operate the superjumbo to Sydney, alongside Qantas and Singapore Airlines. During February, Emirates will also introduce a third daily flight into Melbourne and a second daily flight to Brisbane.
Emirates’ vice president Australia, Stephen Pearse, said the airline was introducing the eBPs to this market after it proved successful at the award-winning carrier’s Dubai International Airport hub.
“Emirates was one of the first airlines in the Middle East to launch eBPs and now that the process has proven such a success, we are rolling out the system to our Australian passengers,” Pearse said.
“The objective of this initiative is to provide customers with more control of their trip, more flexibility and value-added services to enhance their journey.
“By printing an eBP at home or in the office, customers reduce the time spent at airport check-in. By automating processes we are able to bring about efficiencies that will provide a seamless customer passage starting at home, continuing through the airport, and all the way to the aircraft.”
Once the eBP system is implemented, Emirates passengers simply need to visit www.emirates.com/au to print out their boarding pass.