BCBP Board Mandate – FAQ
What is the mandate from the Board?
The mandate for BCBP is two-fold: 1) all airlines to be capable by end 2008 and
100% usage by end 2010; 2) a unique multi-segment format as a standard to be
endorsed by the JPSC at the 2006 conference.
What is the vision of the Board in terms of BCBP?
The vision of the Board is to reduce cost for IATA members by phasing out
magnetic stripe technology and to simplify travel by being able to print your
boarding pass from any computer on plain paper.
Why is the industry moving towards a single standard BCBP
The industry is moving towards a single standard as it promotes greater
acceptance and promotes interoperability between airlines and airports.
How will the unique format be achieved?
The Board will urge the JPSC to adopt a unique multi-segment format. The
BCBP Working Group, managed by IATA, will draft a proposal and submit it to
the JPSC. The proposal will be based on the M format.
Why does the industry need deadlines?
A deadline is necessary to efficiently manage the transition from more expensive
(ATB) or less efficient (1D) solutions to BCBP. As the transition to a new
standard requires some efforts, a deadline helps guide and align stakeholders.
Why 2 deadlines?
2 deadlines are in place to allow airlines time to develop their BCBP capability
and also to allow time for airport infrastructure equipment to be upgraded within
the average amortisation period. A 2008 deadline for airline capability will force
service, airport and DCS providers to start planning for cutover to a ATB free
What does “all airlines” mean?
All “airlines” means any airline that uses industry infrastructure and mechanisms
supporting tickets according to IATA standards.
What is the definition of BCBP capable airlines?
An airline is considered BCBP capable once it has issued an IATA standard
BCBP boarding document for at least one commercial passenger flight.
What is the impact of airline capability for each stakeholder?
Airline capability means that the airline’s DCS system or their service providers
DCS system are able to generate and read / receive a BCBP boarding
document. For airports the capability means that the entire passenger process
can accept bar coded documents from CUSS kiosks to security to the boarding
2008 allows the airlines time to focus on the major projects associated with the
elimination of paper tickets by the end of 2007 without having to re-allocate or
duplicate resources to address the BCBP deadline.
How will capability be measured?
Capability of the airlines and airports will be measured by surveys administered
by Simplifying the Business project team.
How does an airline move from not issuing BCBP to 100% capable?
IATA is in the process of developing the second edition of the BCBP
implementation guide, which will amongst other things detail steps to be taken to
become 100% capable. This guidance will be developed with input from all
stakeholders including the GDS’s, Ground Handlers, Airports and Airlines
2010 is 5 years after the issuance of the IATA Policy Statement on the
elimination of magnetic encoders and readers from airport terminal equipment,
and is 4 years after the Mandate from the IATA Board of Governors. This time
frame allows for the CUTE contract renewal time as well as for the traditional
amortisation period for airport equipment.
How will usage be measured?
Usage is defined as the boarding pass or document used for boarding. How the
measurement of usage will take place is not yet determined. This is under
investigation by the BCBP working group who will come up with a
recommendation to the board at the end of 2006.
What will happen to airlines that do not meet the deadline of 2010?
Airlines that do not meet the deadlines will simply have to absorb a higher cost of
doing business with their suppliers and service providers ranging from re-
issuance of all boarding documents to the higher cost of consumables. Airlines
will also face negative feedback from their customers, as they will be unable to
provide a single seamless document for the entire journey, requiring stops at
transfer locations in order to get new documents for the onward journey.
What does the mandate mean for the airports?
IATA, in anticipation of deadlines being issued for the adoption of BCBP, issued
a policy statement for airports in early 2006. The IATA policy statement
recommended that airports - when updating or replacing infrastructure - do so
with BCBP compatible technology. That policy statement is still valid, still
targeted to airports and is complimentary to the second deadline of the mandate
from the Board of Governors.
Where to find the BCBP implementation guide?
Visit the IATA support portal on iata.org, and then select the BCBP materials
section. See the conditions to download the BCBP implementation guide.
Version 2 of the BCBP implementation guide will be published by end 2006 and
will be announced in the StB newsletter.