One of Moscow, Russia’s largest airports Sheremetyevo International Airport is about to take online check-in to a new level. They announced a new program that will allow passengers to check-in online via Skype. By calling the “svo_checkin” Skype username (up to 6-24 hours before departure), passengers will be asked their last name and flight details, and then they will be prompted to display their passports. Afterwards, customers will be able to print out their boarding passes.
From the Wall Street Journal:
Passengers going through Sheremetyevo will be able to check in to 20 airlines serving Sheremetyevo, according to the head of passenger traffic at Sheremetyevo, Andrey Nikulin, without specifying the names of the airlines. Sheremetyevo is currently negotiating with OAO Aeroflot, Russia’s flag carrier, to have it included in the new service. The airport said in a statement later that Skype will be available for check-in at Transaero, Air Astana, Royal Air Maroc, China Eastern Airlines, Estonian Air, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Iran Air, Jat Airways, Turkish Airlines, and other carriers.
The new program is expected to drastically shorten lines at one of Russia’s busiest airports.