Qantas releases their new iOS application, Passbook support included

It's still a pretty big deal when iOS apps are released with Passbook support, especially outside of the U.S. Anyone flying down under will be pleased to know that Australian airline, Qantas, has released their brand new iOS app which indeed does have Passbook support.

Mobile boarding passes are definitely a headline feature, but at the moment it does seem limited to domestic flights only, along with mobile check-in. Frequent flyers are also well catered for, with points balances and next booked flights added to the home screen of the app.

All this comes on top of the usual features you would expect from an airline app. So, searching for flights, hotels, accessing bookings and up to the minute flight information is all on board. A nice touch for those hunting for a deal -- and let's face it, flying to Australia is an expensive business -- is the ability to create customized alerts to be notified of deals, or when a certain fare falls below your target price.

Apps like this aren't the most exciting, but they're an example of everyday people using their iOS devices in their everyday lives. To that end, Qantas should be commended for a first rate job in the design and overall user friendly nature of their new app. It looks great, everything is clearly laid out, and is generally all round pleasing to use. If I could only afford a flight to Australia, I'd surely be using this.

Richard Devine

Senior Editor at iMore, part time racing driver, full time British guy

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Beau says:

Just a heads up, the Passbook support isn't new.
Qantas has offered boarding passes for Passbook since late last year (November - http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-adds-apple-passbook-support-for-iphone-5-...) ; heck, they're even ahead of Virgin Australia, in that the passes include the gate and push any changes to your phone - http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-adds-live-updates-of-flight-details-delay...

And remember, you don't need apps for passbook passes, as Qantas has been using for months. Heck, there's plenty of Passbook support out there for Australians, even if Apple says there's only 5 or so apps in the App Store. I've collected a list at http://beaugil.es/passbook

Richard Devine says:

Passbook support is definitely new in a brand new app, though :)

Beau says:

True. ;)

Apple haven't added it to the Passbook section in iTunes though. (but they're hardly the only app missing)

Platinum Pat says:

Doesn’t work for me. Let’s me login then I try to check-in for tomorrow's flight and doesn’t except my pin. Ended up resetting the pin now the two are out of sync. Managed to check-in and can see the pass but clicking Add to passbook doesn’t do anything. Nice to have but I’ll just stick to using my card till they iron out the bugs. The old app works but have the same problem with adding to passbook. Have only ever managed to add about 4 out of 50

lesposen says:

QANTAS seems pretty set on equipping its pax and crew with Apple equipment, unlike its main competitor, Virgin Australia, who's gone the way of Samsung.

On a recent flight on a B767 to Brisbane from Melbourne, the refurbished interior boasted iPads in ALL seats, accessing content over onboard wifi supplied by ISP, iinet. iPads were in special case to be placed on the seatback of the seat in front, and alarmed if the iPad is taken off the plane "accidentally". Content included audio, TV and recent movies.

Any North American carriers doing the same?