Air New Zealand’s Airband is a world first for children travelling alone

Air New ZealandChildren travelling alone on Air New Zealand services will now receive an Airband™ at check-in as part of the service.  The wristband is embedded with a chip which is scanned at key stages of the journey to trigger text notifications to up to five nominated contacts.

“We know that having your child travel on their own can be a nervous time for both children and their guardians.  While our staff have always taken great care of children travelling solo, we identified that there was an opportunity to enhance the experience for kids while at the same time giving caregivers further peace of mind and visibility of their journey,” said Air New Zealand General Manager Customer Experience Carrie Hurihanganui

“We believe this is the first time this type of technology has been used by an airline anywhere in the world for the purpose of providing caregivers greater peace of mind when their child is travelling alone.  We have been trialling it across our network over recent months and the feedback from parents and guardians has been very positive with many welcoming the additional reassurance of knowing where in the journey their child is.”

Air New Zealand is the only carrier in New Zealand offering a service for children travelling alone. The airline’s new service applies to all children aged between five and 11 who’re travelling alone – but those aged up to 16 years can choose to opt in.

When checking in at the airport, the child travelling will be given a special wristband. When they reach certain stages of their journey and their Airband is scanned by staff, contacts provided will receive a text message notifying them where the child is on their journey. Up to five drop off and pick up contacts can be nominated to receive text messages* at the following stages:

  • On check-in at the airport to confirm registration
  • When boarding the plane
  • When their flight has landed and they are handed over to ground staff
  • When they are picked up by the designated pick up person

The new service is being offered on a complimentary basis through until 3 February 2016.  Bookings made from this date will incur a fee of $15 per child for each one way domestic journey, or $40 per child for each one way international journey applies.

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