Marc Newson Redesigns Airport Check-In for Qantas

Two years after getting loads of attention for designing fancy airport lounges and the interiors of its newer planes (and winning a few awards for the work along the way), Marc Newson is back working with Qantas on a high-profile project. The airline has announced that Newson has redesigned and overhauled the check-in process for them, creating something called the “Next Generation Check-In,” which involves everything from new kiosks to frequent flier cards with smart chips in them that will handle everything from checking bags to boarding planes. They’ve launched this site, loaded up with video of friendly Australians explaining the new system, which will kick off in Perth next week, followed by Sydney later in the year and then the rest of their down under hubs in 2011.