First Airline to Accept Apple Pay at 35,000 Feet
JetBlue announced today that they would be the first airline that would be accepting Apple Pay at 35,000 feet for inflight purchases. Part of the reason that they can do this, is that all their flight attendants will be given iPad minis which will have the Apple Pay technology on them.
Apple Pay gives customers an easy and secure way to pay for onboard purchases of premium offerings. Customers often already have their mobile phone in hand or nearby when the time comes to buy a snack or amenity. Those with an iPhone® 6, iPhone 6 Plus and soon Apple Watch™ can use Apple Pay to purchase premium offerings such as EatUp snack boxes and à la carte food options from the EatUp Café, premium beverages, onboard amenities and Even More Space seating.
“The sky is definitely not the limit when it comes to mobile payments with Apple Pay,” said Marty St George, senior vice president, commercial, JetBlue. “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.”
Apple Pay will begin appearing on select JetBlue transcontinental flights from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco in mid-February. Apple Pay will roll out to additional flights beginning in March, with all JetBlue flights accepting Apple Pay by June. Customers can ask their inflight crewmembers if Apple Pay is available.
Using Apple Pay in the sky will be an even easier way to pay for onboard purchases, and I’m sure it won’t be long until other airlines follow and roll out Apple Pay as well.
What are your thoughts about JetBlue launching Apple Pay?