Owners of Apple devices were initially acquainted with this new payment method in September 2014 when the most recent iPhone was rolled out. Nevertheless, JetBlue is the first airline carrier to embrace this form of payment.
Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior VP for Internet programming and services is confident that JetBlue’s movement would definitely urge different airlines to hop the Apple Pay train as well.
The flight company is also upgrading its payment procedures. Each member of the flight crew will now be equipped with an iPad Mini particularly designed for payment on the company’s airplanes. Those who do not have Apple Pay don’t need to worry. It will still be possible to use their old-fashioned credit cards and cash to purchase their mixed drinks and snacks.
The iPads are fitted with a special Inflight Service Assistant application that will inform the flight attendants whether a traveler is a frequent flier or somebody on board is having a birthday.
Another piece of information that smart passengers should know is that the soon to be launched Apple Watch will also come with Apple Pay. So those who have their heart set on the upcoming wearable will also be able to convey their JetBlue payments via the Apple Watch.
JetBlue is not a new comer in the cutting edge tech world. The airline set in-flight Wi-Fi in the beginning of 2013. Around the same time, the organization said yea to the now-troubled Google Glass, showing how the cutting edge eyewear could aid travelers have an improved air terminal experience.
Marty St. George, senior VP of business operations at JetBlue, said in an announcement:
“The sky is definitely not the limit when it comes to mobile payments with Apple Pay. Customers want an easy and fast transaction when they decide to make an on-board purchase so that they can get back to enjoying their flight.”
Before the year is over, clients will likewise have the alternative to use Apple Pay to do their shopping in JetBlue’s portable iOS application.
Apple Pay on JetBlue starts with cross-country flights between JFK and San Francisco and Los Angeles. Extra flights will be included March, with all JetBlue flights estimated to introduce Apple Pay by June. JetBlue is still developing a way to let its passengers know about the Apple Pay option during flights.
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