Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Philippine Airlines to Launch Mobile App

Philippine Airlines inked a deal with telecom provider SMART Communications to develop a mobile application that will enable passengers to book flights using their mobile phone.

Image by Michael Coghlan/Wikimedia
As part of the agreement, Philippine Airlines will integrate the flag-carrier's online booking system with SMART's "MePay" payment gateway. This will allow smartphone users to pay for their flights using a credit card, debit card, or SMART Money. In addition, an option will be provided for ATM and offline payments. The new app will also allow users to check flight status and perform an online check-in. SMART, Talk N Text, and Sun Cellular subscribers will be able to access the app using their mobile data connection without extra data charges.

According to SMART President Napoleon Nazareno, developing an app for Philippine Airlines is a wise choice given the increasing use of smart phones in the Philippines. “With smartphone adoption increasing around the country, it is but natural for PAL to extend their perks and services for flyers to their mobile phones," said Nazareno. Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines President Jaime Bautista reaffirmed the airline's commitment to staying on trend to meet the ever changing needs of consumers. "The new app is one of PAL’s innovations in line with its commitment to keep in step with advancements in technology for the benefit of passengers," remarked Bautista.

The app is expected to become live in early 2015 to iOS and Android devices. When the app is finally launched, Philippine Airlines will join a long list of international carriers that have tapped mobile technology to reach customers. A typical airline's mobile application usually includes features to book flights, manage existing bookings, check-in online, and even issue a mobile boarding card that can be used at the airport.
Source: GMA News , Interaksyon

20 comments :

  1. this is so long overdue.

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    1. Better late than never...

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  2. Hoping that Mabuhay Miles will also be incorporated here...

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  3. Needed but why limit the app to Smart users? It's like United airlines having an app only for TMobile users. Dumb.

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    1. I imagine the app can be accessed through any provider, even WiFi. However, SMART/TnT/SUN will not incur additional data charges in their bill in doing this.

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  4. You're dumber. Maybe, just maybe Smart is a partner in devt but its for everyone.

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    1. sorry for being dumb. my bad. See you next Tuesday!

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  5. This is cool! Can't wait this on 2015.

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  6. i hope boarding passses will be delivered to iOSs passbook app

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    1. That will be also up to regulators too. As you know PH border police like to stamp the boarding cards of departing passengers. Of course if mobile boarding cards are the norm, there is nothing anymore for them to stamp. Furthermore, PAL is one of those carriers which likes to tear out one portion of the boarding card rather than accept a digital record of a passenger boarding once a passenger taps her boarding card onto the reader.

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  7. terimah kasih PAL

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  8. if that can be merged with PAL in Air wireless entertainment app and PAL in Air internet. the better it will be since our cellphone has APP limit due to memory limits. maybe the app can also perform web check in and self check in at least 1 hour before departure both domestic and international to reduce the queue in check in counters.

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  14. it will be really helpful for online passengers to book their tickets via app worldwide, thanks for giving us the info about this app launch, waiting for more updates on the issue.. blackmart alpha

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