Air New Zealand’s New Fast Check-In Process

Air New Zealand recently rolled out its new check-in process for domestic flights, and I have to say that it takes the best ideas of Alaska’s Airport of the Future and expands upon it in all the right ways.

The idea is to keep people flowing through the system instead of creating dead-ends at ticket counters. Air New Zealand Check InAs you can see in the picture at left, the airline will have a group of kiosks where people can check in. The kiosk will print out bag tags and once the passengers tag their own bags, they just walk over to the conveyor belt behind and drop their bags off before heading on their way. No need to talk to a person at all, though that option will be there if need be.

Passengers can check-in via mobile phone, but frequent fliers will have another option. . . RFID tags. The airline is planning on giving RFID tags to frequent fliers to stick on the back of their mobile phones (or anywhere else they so desire). They will be able to just head straight to the gate if they have no bags and scan their phone as they board. If they have a bag, they can scan it at the kiosk at check-in. A small receipt will print out for their records.

This makeover will start in Auckland and then make its way to Christchurch and Wellington. If you want to get a really good idea of what it will look like, you should take a look at this short video.

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Nick Barnard

CF- Thank you for the Hustle & Flow link, I’ve seen the setup Alaska has at SeaTac and it always seemed interesting. I wonder though if they hurt themselves by still having a regular check in counter? I know the first time I flew Alaska out of there I checked in at the counter. I came to the counter first, and given that I was checking a bag it seemed more efficient, but they just checked me in and then had me drop my bag off down at the Alaska gates. (I think it might actually be a Horizon counter,… Read more »


The Air Zealand Kiosks are actually IBM Technology. The kiosks are based on an IBM Netvista PC running Microsoft’s
Windows 2000 operating system with a touch screen user interface. The IBM kiosk technology was modified by IBM Global Services for Air New Zealand.

The processes around self service are not patentable, only the technology deployed which is the invention itself, there are about 6 vendors including IBM that sell this technology.


thanks it looks kinda nice.

Nick Barnard

CF- In Seattle I’ve still seen regular checkin counters.. Perhaps those will be going away…


Hi: Actually the new kiosks are IER as are the gate scanners for RFID and 1D / 2D Barcode. Our mantra for this project was “no queues” and we’ve pretty much achieved this. The new airport environment has been operating for five days now and peak times are flowing really well. A passenger with no bags to check can just go straight to gate and scan themsleves onto the aircraft using either a 2D barcode on an electronic ticket receipt (ETR), a 2D barcode sent to the mobile phone (using a bespoke J2Me downloadable application) or using our ePass which… Read more »

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I have one of these tags and hope to have a report about using it soon.

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It would be nice if the system was standardized. If I fly 10 airlines, will I need 10 RFID tags on my phone? Will there be contention between the devices or is their some common protocol being worked on. RFID has lots of potential in airports, but needs thought.