Finnair has expanded its useful text message
check-in service to include the cities of London and
The text message check-in is a service offered to
Finnair Plus members, enabling frequent flyers to go directly to
the departure gate, by-passing the normal check-in procedure, if
they are only travelling with carry-on baggage. If the customer
has baggage to be carried in the hold of the aircraft, this should
be left at the Baggage Drop desk in the departure hall.
"Our text message check-in service is very popular among our
passengers, as it speeds up airport formalities. Our aim is to
incorporate continually more destinations in our network into this
service," said Markku Remes, who is responsible for Finnair's
The service is automatically
available to Finnair Plus members after their mobile phone number
is updated in their Finnair Plus profile. The check-in must be
accepted by returning the letter A (accept).
departing in the morning, Finnair sends a check-in text message
the previous evening between 17:00 and 19:00, and for flights
departing in the afternoon, the message is sent around 3 hours
before departure time.
In Finland and Sweden the passenger
just shows the confirmation message at airport service points. On
departure from London, Manchester or Copenhagen, a mobile boarding
pass is shown to the authorities. The mobile boarding pass can be
opened through a link included in the message and is presented in
a 2D barcode format.
Until now, Finnair Plus members have
been able to check-in by SMS to Finnair and Finncomm Airlines
flights departing from Finland and to Finnair scheduled flights
from Stockholm, Gothenburg and Copenhagen, including possible
connecting flights on Finnair or Finncomm from Helsinki.
The easy-to-use SMS check-in service works on all telephone models
and with all operators. The phone has to be equipped with a
functioning Internet connection to open up the mobile boarding
The service is not available for codeshare flights
operated by Finnair partners, Finnair Leisure flights, Finnair
Plus award flights and journeys that include a connecting flight
with another airline.
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