Air Canada BlackBerry web signal takes flight!

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Here at RIM, I work for the BlackBerry® Platform Product Management team.  We’re the product managers for the Java® and web developer tools that allow anyone to develop applications for BlackBerry® smartphones. My fellow product manager, Mario, manages our BlackBerry web signals platform which allows developers to push content updates to BlackBerry smartphones.

Last week, I was in Ottawa working on BlackBerry App World™ planning, and to make travel easier, I took advantage of Air Canada’s latest web signal service which combines web check-in with an Electronic Boarding Pass.

What’s so great about getting an Electronic Boarding Pass via BlackBerry web signals? I’ll skip the marketing messages and cut right to the chase:  even though I’m a seasoned traveler, I can never remember my flight info.  The Air Canada web signal service takes care of this for me with one-click access to my flight info from my BlackBerry smartphone! Plus, you can use the same email address for the Air Canada web signal service that you use to register for Flight Notifications on the web.  This way, you’ll see updates when you select the Air Canada web signal icon on your BlackBerry smartphone.  In addition, there’s no paper boarding cards to lose and I can bypass line-ups at check-in (if you’ve ever flown out of Toronto’s Pearson on a Monday morning, then you know what I’m talking about).

Here’s how you can take advantage of the Air Canada web signal service:

First, you need to make sure you’re already subscribed to the service.  Just visit this Air Canada web signal service page for instructions on how to sign up!

Next, when I was ready to check in, I visited http://www.aircanada.com and selected ‘web check-in’.  I entered the usual info – my name and Aeroplan number – and was then prompted to select how I wanted to check-in. I selected the option to ‘receive my Electronic Boarding Pass via web signal’.

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Next, after a couple more quick questions about seating and baggage and in a couple short minutes, I had an Air Canada web signal update on my BlackBerry smartphone with my boarding pass!

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Selecting the Air Canada web signal icon brings up all of my available boarding passes.

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When I’m ready to check in – the gate agent scans the displayed barcode on my BlackBerry smartphone!

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Check out the BlackBerry web signal service from Air Canada the next time you’re flying with them – and check out our other BlackBerry web signal applications available today!

For more info on Air Canada Flight Notifications, visit:
http://www.aircanada.com/en/travelinfo/traveller/mobile/notification.html
For more info on the Air Canada web signal, visit:

About Alex Kinsella

Promoter of apps. Connoisseur of tacos. By day, I'm a PR and Social Media Manager at BlackBerry.

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