Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) is joining a growing list of global airlines to trial the IATA Travel Pass app as a step towards building confidence among passengers to start travelling safely again when international borders reopen.

The mobile app allows RB guests to securely and conveniently verify that they meet COVID-19 health requirements for their proof of journey, said the national carrier in a statement.

 Image: Courtesy of RB

With the app, guests will be able to create a digital health credential that will link guests’ test results, proof of vaccination and travel information to their verified identity.

The app also aims to pre-validate travellers prior to arrival at airports in order to make airline and security processes faster.

Chief Executive Officer Captain Hj Khalidkhan Hj Asmakhan in a statement said that RB has recently been rated with the highest seven-star rating against COVID-19 by www.airlineratings.com.

“The introduction of the IATA Travel Pass app further cements our commitment to the health and safety of our guests,” he said.

 Image: Courtesy of RB

He further said that as part of RB’s efforts to support the nation and provide safe travel to passengers during this critical and challenging time, the airline has been working closely with IATA to better understand the app.

“This paired with the recent launch of Brunei’s vaccination strategy are a definite boost to morale and a positive step towards safely reopening borders and connecting our guest to the rest of the network,” added the ceo.

A file photo of B787 Dreamliner flying during sunset. Image: Courtesy of RB

For IATA’s Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, Nick Careen, the association is proud to partner with RB to trial IATA Travel Pass and demonstrate that the technology can securely, conveniently and efficiently help manage passenger travel health credentials.

“Our priority is restarting aviation, to support the thousands of people that work in the industry and its related industries such as tourism. Health passes are the key to doing this safely,” he said.

He concluded: “We look forward to working with RB and the Brunei government to pilot acceptance of Travel Pass at the Brunei border.”

More information on the trial will be announced in the coming weeks. To know more about the airline’s current flight programme, visit them at www.flyRB.comAnalisa Amu

THE BRUNEIAN | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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