Malaysia Airlines turns iPads into kiosks at Kuala Lumpur railway station
The carrier is using its existing office at the ornate Kuala Lumpur Central station in KL to house a suite of iPad-cum-web booths, known as MHkiosk, so passengers can search and book flights, check-in online and other pre-boarding facilities.
The idea was created by a division within Malaysia Airlines dedicated to finding uses for the iPad around the company.
SITA Lab, part of the global airline and airport technology giant SITA, worked with Malaysia Airlines to develop the technology and booth hardware for users.
The devices will be switched on for passenger use at the end of June 2010. Malaysia Airlines using KL railway station as one of it satellite terminals for passengers in the centre of the city.
The move follows Jetstar’s recent debut as the first airline to use iPads as in-flight entertainment modules on aircraft.
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