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FlySafair first to enable card payment for inflight refreshments

Unread postby Deanw » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:14 am

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FlySafair first to enable card payment for inflight refreshments

FlySafair has become the first local low-cost carrier to offer card payments on all of its flights.

The airline has officially launched AviaPay, a new mobile point of sale system which enables passengers to use their credit and debit cards to purchase refreshments inflight.

The solution, which is the result of a partnership between BlueMarket Retail Solutions and payment service providers PayGate and PosMarket, was specifically designed to address the needs of the aviation industry.

Commenting on the innovation Kirby Gordon, head of sales and distribution at FlySafair, said: “Not only will this make transacting easier, but it also means passengers won’t have to risk carrying cash on them."

Another major benefit of the technology is that FlySafair can now provide travellers with receipts, regardless of the payment method used. This will help business travellers manage their expense claims, and also assist travel management teams who process these claims.

Theron Uys, business development director at BlueMarket, said that that while working with FlySafair, the company was able to implement this system in a two-month period.

"There are already discussions around added functionality," said Uys. "Look out for new innovations to be launched in the near future with FlySafair."
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Re: FlySafair first to enable card payment for inflight refreshments

Unread postby FoxTROT » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:50 pm

I flew a kulula flight at the end of January and they announced that they would be cashless from 1 February?
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Re: FlySafair first to enable card payment for inflight refreshments

Unread postby V5 - LEO » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:22 pm

FoxTROT wrote:I flew a kulula flight at the end of January and they announced that they would be cashless from 1 February?



....most SA airlines seems to be cashless :twisted:
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Re: FlySafair first to enable card payment for inflight refreshments

Unread postby FoxTROT » Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:56 pm

V5 - LEO wrote:
FoxTROT wrote:I flew a kulula flight at the end of January and they announced that they would be cashless from 1 February?



....most SA airlines seems to be cashless :twisted:


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Unread postby Burner » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:22 pm

FoxTROT wrote:I flew a kulula flight at the end of January and they announced that they would be cashless from 1 February?


British Airways in the UK on the short haul routes now charge in economy for food/drinks and don't accept cash, only contactless cards. I really can't see a similar thing working in SA. We aren't a culture yet where the majority of people are happy to ''tap'' instead of paying cash.

Also what about younger travellers whom don't perhaps have cards?
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Re: FlySafair first to enable card payment for inflight refreshments

Unread postby Deanw » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:14 am

Burner wrote:
FoxTROT wrote:Also what about younger travellers whom don't perhaps have cards?


They have debit cards, most if which are also available with contactless functionality.
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Re: FlySafair first to enable card payment for inflight refreshments

Unread postby Burner » Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:23 am

Deanw wrote:
Burner wrote:
FoxTROT wrote:Also what about younger travellers whom don't perhaps have cards?


They have debit cards, most if which are also available with contactless functionality.


I also fly a lot with Iberia, which along with BA are part of IAG. They accept cards and cash, and I'm assuming that it's probably related to research done in Spain/their customer base, where they've realised a large percentage of them don't want to pay with plastic.

I think it's rather silly from Kulula's part if they go from only cash, straight to only plastic in a matter of a month.
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