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Mobile check-in now available

Air France and KLM have launched a new service which will allow passengers to check-in on flights using their mobile phone.

To use the new service, passengers will have to have a mobile phone which can access the internet. They then go to either http://mobile.airfrance.com or www.klm.com to check-in before their flight.

Customers will be able to use the service between 30 hours and 30 minutes before the latest check-in time and choose their seat via their phone.

A confirmation is then sent via SMS. Once at the airport, the passenger simply drops off their luggage and prints out a boarding pass from a self-service machine.

The service will initially be available only on departure from almost all metropolitan French and European airports for Air France and KLM's short and medium-haul flights.

By the end of the year, the system should be in place on all of the airlines' flights.

"Customers now benefit from total autonomy, particularly those who don't have access to an internet connection on a computer before taking a flight," explained Patrick Roux, head of marketing at Air France.

KLM's vice president of distribution, Martijn van der Zee, added: "With mobile check-in, Air France and KLM are introducing another innovative service for customers."