Reopening Transatlantic Travel: Partnership Airlines Launch ‘FlyReady’ Digital Health Tool

by Chantal Welch
Delta Airbus 330-300 | © Delta

Transatlantic partners Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines are launching a ‘FlyReady’ integrated digital health tool to reopen transatlantic travel.

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Reopening Transatlantic travel | © Virgin Atlantic

Reopening the skies between the U.K. and the U.S.

At the recent G7 Leaders’ Summit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and United States President Joe Biden announced that they would work together to ease travel restrictions between the two nations. They agreed to an “Atlantic Charter” that would essentially reopen a U.K. – U.S. air travel corridor.  The two leaders also announced the creation of the bilateral Atlantic Taskforce, with the goal of reopening travel between the two countries as soon as possible, now that Covid-19 vaccines have been rolled out and the number of cases has decreased.

A350 Soaring Above The Clouds

Delta A350 soaring above the clouds | © Delta

Commenting on the two leader’s efforts to reopen travel, in a recent statement, U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said:

“Opening a U.S.-U.K. travel corridor is a smart, science-based step to take for both countries’ economic recoveries, and now is the critical time to take it. The U.S. and the U.K. both have among the world’s leading records on vaccinations and declining infections, the U.K. is our top overseas travel market, and the two governments enjoy a close relationship. With abundant evidence that travel is safe with layered health measures in place—and a clear economic need to reopen international travel—moving to reduce travel restrictions between the two countries is the perfect place to start.”

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Airlines trialling the IATA Travel Pass | © Business Traveller

Digital Transformation: Key to Aviation Recovery

For airlines, recovery is unsustainable without digital health pass technology. During the pandemic, we have reported on airlines such as Emirates, Eva Air, Singapore Airlines, and United Airlines trialing digital health pass technology to make travel easier for passengers in a COVID-19 era. Now Virgin Atlantic and Delta are launching their own digital health tool, ‘FlyReady.’

FlyReady will be available to customers travelling in either direction between the U.S. and the U.K. The digital solution will speed up passenger processing, allowing them to upload and verify test results before departure and proceed smoothly through pre-flight checks with airline agents on the day of travel.

IATA Travel Pass

Digital health pass technology in use during the Covid-19 era | © TTG Asia

The FlyReady technology from TrustAssure is fully integrated into customers’ online journeys through the airlines’ websites, with no third-party app download needed. Using Flyready, customers will be able to securely upload and verify a test certificate from any valid testing provider, in advance of travel, up to 90 minutes before departure. All customer health data is encrypted, and none of it is stored in Virgin Atlantic’s or Delta’s systems.

Corneel Koster, Chief Customer & Operating Officer, Virgin Atlantic said:

“Virgin Atlantic FlyReady will help to strengthen customers’ confidence as they return to the skies with us, by making their transatlantic journeys as smooth and seamless as possible, while navigating new COVID-19 travel requirements in a convenient digital format.”

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Virgin Atlantic on the runway | © Virgin Atlantic via LinkedIn

Allison Ausband, EVP and Chief Customer Experience Officer, Delta said:

“Customers need a help navigating the complex requirements of post-COVID transatlantic travel. We’ve been working with our partners at Virgin Atlantic to develop this solution as an easy-to-use, reliable and effective way to remove guesswork for customers and our employees.”

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Delta 757-351 in flight | © Motohide Miwa

For global aviation to survive the pandemic, digital innovation must take place. Digital health solutions are the key to safely reopening travel, restoring confidence, and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic.

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