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Fingers Crossed Your Next Frankfurt Flights Fly from the 'A Plus' Concourse

October 10, 2012 at 11:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

2.5 years. TWO POINT FIVE YEARS.

2.5 years is how long it's been since we first used a mobile boarding pass on our iPhone. It was a Lufthansa flight from Frankfurt to Hamburg and that mobile boarding pass served not only to get us through security at FRA but also worked at self-boarding gates to scan us into the jetbridge to board the airplane. It may have been a short flight, but the technology was in it for the long-haul.

Today Lufthansa opens an extension of Terminal 1 at Frankfurt International, called the A Plus Concourse. The statistics are staggering—it's been under construction for four years yet opened on time (take that, Berlin-Brandenburg), it's 800 meters long, cost 700 million to build, can accommodate six million additional passengers every year, and is equipped with seven new gates (four of which can handle the superjumbo A380s). Still, what the average passenger is most likely to "ooh" and "aah" over? The technology.

The A Plus Concourse is one of the very first terminal buildings designed during a time when mobile boarding passes and digital accessories heavily used for travel have figured so prominently. As a result, you can expect to have those mobile passes embraced instead of grudgingly tolerated. After all, Lufthansa was the first airline to get their Apple Passbook app integration all set and publicize this fact, even before iOS 6 was released to the public!

Okay. Enough. You get the point. There's a massive new building at Frankfurt Airport for Lufthansa flights and it's going to have all the bells and whistles a connected traveler could hope for. Now if only Apple could fix Apple Maps and make everything all better, we wouldn't be so squeamish about updating to enjoy Passbook.

[Photos: Lufthansa]

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