Air Black Box, a provider of virtual managed interlining solutions for airlines and airports, has introduced ThruBag, a service for handling baggage transfer between any two airlines. The service will allow airports and airlines to offer self-connecting passengers a way to check their luggage to their final destination without rechecking bags at connecting airports.
The baggage transfer solution from Air Black Box was developed to replicate the convenience of through-checked interline baggage, even for passengers who aren’t traveling on legacy interline itineraries.
Traditional airline and airport baggage processes only work for legacy itineraries where all flights are on the same ticket. As a result, self-connecting passengers have had to reclaim their checked bags at their connecting airport and recheck them for their onward flight. Then they must go through the security checkpoint again for their connecting flight, and if they are flying internationally, they must also clear customs and immigration again.
ThruBag provides seamless baggage transfer between any two airlines, whether they are network or low-cost carriers, and enables self-connecting passengers with separate tickets to check bags through to their final destination airport without collecting and rechecking them at the transit airport along the way.
According to Air Black Box, ThruBag is designed for easy deployment across airports and all kinds of airlines, including low-cost and ultra-low-cost carriers, with no need to change underlying systems.
“This is really a solution whose time has come, and that’s demonstrated by the level of interest we are seeing from airports and airlines worldwide,” said Patrick Edmond, chief commercial officer of Air Black Box. “We’re confident that ThruBag will help our airport partners to position themselves as attractive connecting hubs, while airlines can increase passenger satisfaction and choice.”