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Thu, 17 March 2016

SITA Develops New Baggage Tracing System with Lufthansa

Lufthansa will speed up the repatriation of delayed or mishandled bags to passengers after it launches baggage tracing technology jointly developed with global air transport IT specialist, SITA.

The new-generation WorldTracer system provides Lufthansa agents access to a new, user-friendly desktop interface that makes it easier to record delayed baggage and trace the missing bags no matter where in the world they are.

The new interface allows ground handlers, airport operators and airlines to access WorldTracers global baggage data while integrating it with their own reservation or operations systems, providing a rich data set that helps quickly trace a missing bag.

The new WorldTracer desktop application will be available to all agents across the Lufthansa group in 2016.

Guenter Friedrich, Vice President Commercial & Passenger at Lufthansa, said, Every passenger wants their bag to arrive at their destination and Lufthansa strives to ensure that each passenger is reunited with their baggage at the end of their journey. However, in those rare situations where baggage is delayed, this new, user-friendly version of WorldTracer makes it possible for agents to quickly trace a bag and return it to its owner. This will have a powerful impact on customer satisfaction.

While the development of this new application was funded by Lufthansa and SITA, it will be made available to the broader air transport community as part of SITAs ongoing investment in WorldTracer.

SITA also recently launched the WorldTracer Tablet which allows mobile agents to roam the airport, helping passengers to report mishandled baggage and trace their status.

Dave Bakker, SITA President Europe, said, Technology has played a vital role in reducing the number of mishandled bags, saving the industry $18 billion since 2007. However, unforeseen situations such as weather delays can still result in a bag being mishandled. This new, easy-to-use application of WorldTracer speeds up the process of tracing and recovering mishandled baggage and provides further cost savings for airlines, airports and ground handlers.

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