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Etihad launches home check-in service

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ABU DHABI: Etihad Airways has announced a partnershi­p with DUBZ, powered by dnata, to make it easier for passengers to check in their bags, pick their seat and collect their boarding pass and luggage tags from their home in Abu Dhabi. A COVID-19 PCR test can also be arranged through the airline’s medical partner, Lifedx.

To book the service, guests need to visit etihad. com/homechecki­n up to seven hours before their flight. Check-in agents will arrive at the location booked at the chosen time, between 8am and 8pm. The agent will check travel documents, complete the check-in process and collect your bags. Seat selection can also be made at the same time and extra baggage allowance can be purchased if required. Guests who want to board their flight early and receive their luggage first can add Priority Boarding and Priority Bag Tags for an additional fee.

Once at Abu Dhabi Internatio­nal Airport, all non-transit passengers that used the home checkin service can skip the queues bag-free, making the airport journey seamless. Luggage will need to be collected at the destinatio­n baggage belt.

John Wright, Vice President Global Airport, Network & Cargo Operations, Etihad Airways, said, “Etihad is continuous­ly looking to enhance the travel experience and with this latest initiative, the airline is giving guests more convenient travel options.

“Especially during the Covid pandemic, the home check-in service also limits human interactio­n at the airport as guests are able to head straight to immigratio­n and avoid long lines at the airport.”

Omar Abou Faraj, Chief Executive Officer, DUBZ powered by dnata, said, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Etihad to offer travellers our popular home check-in services in Abu Dhabi. Our innovative service will provide complete peace of mind and more mobility to Etihad customers, helping them enjoy a smooth and safe travel experience during and ater the pandemic.”

Home PCR tests are also available when booking any home check-in packages. A certified nurse from Lifedx will conduct the test and results will be received by email and SMS between 24 to 48 hours.

Earlier, Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, operated its first ecoflight for 2021, continuing research and testing under the Etihad Greenliner programme to assess environmen­tal sustainabi­lity initiative­s during scheduled services.

 ?? WAM ?? Etihad is constantly seeking to enhance the travel experience.
WAM Etihad is constantly seeking to enhance the travel experience.

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