Kingfisher introduces SMS-ticketing

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Mumbai, Oct 11 (UNI) In a step towards making air journey more hassle free, liqour baron Vijay Mallya-promoted private air carrier Kingfisher Airlines has entered into a strategic alliance with PayMate, one of the city-based leading wireless solution companies, for SMS-ticketing.

'FLYBUYSMS' is a first-of-its-kind service in India, through which a Kingfisher Airlines ticket can be booked anywhere, anytime. This will enable guests to access Kingfisher Airlines at their own convenience and in real-time.

According to a company statement, with the introduction of this novel service, the Airlines has become the first one to have such a ticketing facility, which allows customers to 'search, book and pay' for tickets from start-to-finish on the mobile itself without any manual intervention.

Being an SMS-based service, it is easy to use and works on any handset model or operator. The service requires no registration or application download, just SMS, the official said.

Touted as the simplest way to book flight tickets, the booking can be done in three simple steps.

In the first step, a passenger by going into the search, types the two destinations, followed by date of journey. The second step enables him to book the ticket, as after completing the first step he receives an SMS detailing all Kingfisher Airlines flights on the sector with departure time and best available fares. With these details, he can book the ticket by replying to the SMS with the preferred flight option and guests' name.

And in the the third and final step, he buys the ticket through PayMate. Users can authorise payment via SMS with their PayMate PIN.

Non-PayMate users can pay securely with their credit card over an automatic IVR call-back. The booking details are sent to customers shortly via SMS, the release stated.

Commenting on the launch of this new service, Kingfisher Airlines chairman and CEO Vijay Mallya said, ''Kingfisher Airlines has always been at the forefront of innovation in the aviation industry.

This SMS-based ticketing service is yet another effort to offer our guests unparalleled convenience and world-class reservation facility.'' PayMate MD and Founder Ajay Adiseshann said, ''with the introduction of this offering, customers will no longer be limited to internet bookings or bookings via their travel agents. It will be a truly anytime, anywhere experience targeted at anyone with a mobile handset. The simplicity of using SMS and the convenience of the mobile medium will make it a compelling ticketing channel in the near future and what better than partnering with India's most preferred airline.'' UNI

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