According to a recent report from Australian Business Traveler, one Australian airline – Virgin Australia – has already added Passbook support to its website, meaning iOS 6-equipped iDevice owners can store their boarding passes on their iPhone when purchasing tickets with the airline.
As the report notes:
AusBT reader Shaun Lorrain checked in for a Virgin Australia flight using the airline’s mobile website on his iPhone, which is running a developer preview edition of iOS 6 – and this is what he saw…. Yes, iOS 6 detected the mobile checkin and offered to save the boarding pass into Shaun’s Passbook account…Passbook also offers live updates to these e-passes, such as flight delays and changes to the airport boarding gate…United Airlines has already committed to supporting Passbook with its own mobile boarding passes, and other airlines won’t be slow to jump onto that bandwagon.
Besides boarding passes, Passbook will also allow users to store coupons, membership cards and store cards. It’s great to see airlines already adding support for the application. Hopefully if more services follow suit in the near future, we’ll all be able to start utilizing Passbook as soon as iOS 6 is installed on our iDevices.
For information on how Passbook might work with an NFC-capable iPhone, check out the below post:
And feel free to share your thoughts on the service in the comments.