April 26, 2005: As of April 25, Japan Airlines have expanded their `Touch & Go' boarding system to 44 airports throughout Japan. The boarding system allows IC (Integrated Circuit) cardholders to board domestic Japan flights without a ticket or a boarding pass. A part of JAL's newly developed `IC Check-in Service', the `Touch & Go' system enables passengers to quickly and smoothly board their flight, with no need to queue at an airport check-in counter or to use a self check-in machine.
`Touch & Go' passengers holding an IC credit card or IC JAL Mileage Bank (JMB) card can purchase their ticket either via Internet or telephone. From three days before their departure date up to one hour prior to flight departure, passengers can make a seat selection, change their seat selection and check-in for their flight by using the `JAL IC Check-in Service', accessible either via their computer or mobile phone. As all relevant data for their booking are recorded automatically on their IC card, on arrival at the airport passengers simply `Touch & Go' their IC card at machines located in front of the airport security check-points and then at the boarding gate and can be on their aircraft in no time at all.
Inaugurated initially at four airports in February 15, 2005, the JAL `Touch & Go' system is the first boarding system in Japan to utilise advanced IC technology for smoother convenient boarding.
Also during April, there was a substantial increase in the number of sites at which JAL IC Coupons could be used to purchase good and services. JMB members can now buy goods and services using IC Coupon mileage credited to their IC card, at JAL Hotels and domestic airport retail outlets across Japan, totalling 700 sites in all.
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