Alaska Air's launch comes two months after German airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG rolled out a wireless check-in service at 70 airports for frequent flyers who have bought electronic tickets and are using cell phones that support the Wireless Access Protocol. Zurich-based Swissair AG made wireless check-in capabilities available to a limited number of its passengers in late 1999, although one of its executives said last fall that the airline wasn't moving to expand the service.
And Alaska and Horizon aren't likely to be the only U.S. carriers with wireless check-in capabilities for long. Travel technology vendor Sabre Holdings Corp. in Fort Worth, plans to begin beta-testing a promised wireless check-in system this quarterr, with a rollout expected to follow by midyear. Sabre hasn't said which airline will be involved in the test process.