Travellers boarding SpiceJet flights from Hyderabad may no longer need to wait in queue for boarding pass. The airliner on Friday launched smart check-in facility using Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. Travellers booking ticket from SpiceJet mobile app will have to open the app and touch the mobile device on the Near Field Communication check-in posters available at the airport to get their boarding passes on their smartphones. As they walk towards the check-in area, they will receive an alert on their phones, provided their bluetooth and SpiceJet app are activated. On acknowledgement through the poster, they will receive the boarding pass. NFC enables short range communication between compatible devices whereas BLE transmits low power signals to bluetooth-enabled mobile devices nearby. The facility would soon be available in all the airports of the country. Speaking on the occasion, SpiceJet chairman and managing Director MD Ajay Singh hoped that the app would decongest the airport by making queues shorter and drop the number of counters. Stating that the Indian aviation market is the largest growing in the world, Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the automated check-in would speed up the whole process of boarding a flight. Deal with Boeing or Airbus soon: SpiceJet chief SpiceJet is inching closer to seal the deal to buy new carriers, for which makers of Airbus and Boeing are aggressively wooing the Indian airliner. “Airbus and Boeing both want to be part of the growth story of Indian aviation. We are negotiating with them and may complete the process within the next two or three months,” said SpiceJet chief Ajay Singh, without revealing the exact size of the order. Earlier reports said that the airliner is looking for over 100 planes in a $12 billion deal with either of the aircraft makers. Apart from big carriers, the airliner also is looking into the smaller aircraft section keeping in mind to increase regional connectivity. “We have 14 Q400s and may increase the number to 17 over the next two months. We are buying more aircraft to increase regional connectivity,” he said. On the growth story of the revived airliner since the last one year, Singh said that the airliner expects marginal rise in growth. “We are registering 90 pc Personal Load Factor for the last 12 months and aim to expand our network and operations and also increase aircraft fleet size,” he said. The airliner registered `530 crore revenue last year. “Our airline was nearly shutting down but now customers are coming back. We don’t want to be another Kingfisher,” he added.
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