Already, one airline based in Australia has added Passbook support to its website. This means that once iOS 6 launches (most likely on September 12), iDevice owners flying with Virgin Australia can store their boarding passes on their Passbook-equipped iPhone handset. Now, we’re hearing that another two airlines – Delta and American Airlines – are preparing for the launch of Passbook, meaning fans can be sure they’ll be able to utilize the powerful application once iOS 6 launches.
A spokesperson for American Airlines reveals it will be “rolling out an app update in the coming weeks in support of Passbook. In the meantime, customers can still access their mobile boarding passes in the current version of American’s mobile app.”
And, Delta is known to be actively working on supporting Passbook’s functionality for mobile boarding passes, although the airline wouldn’t talk about it publicly.
Good news, good news. The last thing any of us want is for iOS 6 to launch, and for Passbook to be redundant from the off because few services have supported it. But this, of course, isn’t going to happen: besides the three airlines mentioned, we can be sure that countless stores, gyms, and more will give us an excuse to get our iPhone out the next time it comes to pay, check-in or collect store card points.