Emirates Airline is teaming up with major international hubs in order to trial a new baggage handling system that will look to enhance security checks and introduce advanced bag tracking, sorting and handling facilities.
RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology will be implemented on baggage handling for Emirates flights at London Heathrow, Dubai International and Hong Kong International airports, as electronic chips look to replace the existing barcode system.
Baggage handling solutions are a particular priority for Emirates, given the airline’s plans to deploy 58 double-decker A380 aircraft, meaning increased numbers of suitcases as well as passengers.
Dale Griffith, Emirates’ divisional senior vice president for airport services, said: "This is about embracing the latest technology for the benefit of our customers, and we are very glad to be able to embark on this extensive trial together with our airport partners. Previous RFID trials by other parties on a smaller scale have shown that the technology almost eliminates scanner ‘misreads’, significantly improving the efficiency of the baggage system and customer experience."
He added that the airline could now envisage implementing the technology on a larger scale, allowing a greater number of possible baggage handling scenarios – encompassing international transit – to be factored in.