American Airlines to support Apple's Passbook app for mobile check-ins


American Airlines will update its digital ticketing system to support Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) new Passbook application, enabling travelers to check in to flights using their iOS device.

Passbook, which is rolling out with Apple's new iOS 6, stores and updates boarding passes as well as retailer loyalty cards, movie tickets and related consumer information and documents.

An American Airlines spokesperson told travel website Skift that it will overhaul its iOS app in the coming weeks to enable Passbook support; customers can still access their boarding passes in the current version of American's mobile app as well.

Passbook stores and updates boarding passes and other documents.

Skift adds that Delta Airlines is known to be working on introducing Passbook support as well, but declined to confirm an updated iOS app is in the pipeline. United Airlines also declined to comment, although the company's logo is featured in Apple photos depicting the Passbook app.

Many onlookers believe Passbook also will support mobile payment services--leaked photos indicate that the next version of the iPhone, scheduled to launch this week, will include a Near Field Communications chip enabling contactless payments. During Apple's most recent earnings call, CEO Tim Cook said Passbook is a "very key feature" in iOS, but declined to elaborate.

For more:
- read this Skift article

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