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Etihad partners with SITA to track passenger bags

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Baggages on belt

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, introduces a new service that will enable the company to track passengers’ bags in a cost-effective and accurate way. Thanks to new partnership with SITA, an air transport IT specialist, Etihad may extend its services by allowing passengers to track their bags.

SITA‘s new BagJourney service enables to track passengers’ bags anywhere along their journey, from check-in to the destination airport. You can read our earlier article on how to track your bags and valuables.

Etihad Airways’ Chief Information and Technology Officer, Robert Webb, said: “We are always looking for ways to improve the guest experience, and we know that delayed luggage is a major pain point. With SITA’s BagJourney, we can follow guests’ bags through every stage of their travels, which helps reduce mishandling and delays. We can also provide the latest baggage tracking information to crew while they are on the move via CrewTablet, our tablet application for crew operations, so we can address any problems more quickly.”

BagJourney uses baggage data that passes through SITA’s global, fully-managed baggage message and distribution service, BagMessage, and provides it to Etihad Airways via a web application programming interface. This information can then be shared as needed with Etihad Airways’ crew and airport staff. In the future, the airline could also extend this service to guests so they can follow their own bags via a smartphone app. BagJourney is also integrated with SITA’s global bag tracing and matching solution, WorldTracer®.

According to our 2014 Passenger IT Trends Survey, collecting baggage at the destination is the most frustrating travel step for passengers globally, with 27 per cent of passengers wanting significant improvement. So it is important that all airlines continue to invest in baggage technology, especially as rising passenger numbers put more pressure on baggage operations.

According to SITA’s 2015 Baggage Report, the rate of mishandled bags in 2014 was 7.3 bags per thousand passengers, down from a peak of 18.88 bags per thousand passengers in 2007. Baggage tracking is set to improve further in coming years as a as a result of IATA Resolution 753: Baggage Tracking. The resolution, which goes into effect in 2018, requires IATA members to “maintain an accurate inventory of baggage by monitoring the acquisition and delivery of baggage.” By using BagJourney, Etihad Airways is already meeting this requirement.

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