January 25, 2017

Finnair the first to launch in-flight Alipay

Decisions on the future of in-flight AliPay will be made after the trial period.
Decisions on the future of in-flight AliPay will be made after the trial period.

Finnish national carrier Finnair will be the first airline in the world to introduce the globe’s largest online payment platform Alipay onboard.

Finnair is partnering with Finland’s leading e-payment platform ePassi to offer Alipay as an official payment method on flights connecting Shanghai and Helsinki. Finnair will trial the application on this route as of this coming Friday.

On top of this, the Finnair lounge in the non-Schengen area at Helsinki Airport will also accept Alipay. Customers will be able to pay for inflight purchases such as tax free items or buy themselves an Economy Comfort seat through the app by scanning a QR code.

“Taking advantage of the opportunities provided by digitalisation is an integral part of Finnair’s accelerated growth strategy,” notes Katri Harra-Salonen, Finnair’s chief digital officer. “As the number of travelers grows between Asia and Northern Europe, the need for a familiar and convenient payment platform has never been greater.”

Alipay will first be piloted for a month, and decisions on future rollouts will be made after the trial period.

Alipay is the world´s largest online payment platform and global lifestyle application. Earlier this month, Helsinki Airport announced it will be one of the first in Europe to accept AliPay. Some Finnish retailers have already commenced using a joint payment system by Finnish ePassi and AliPay.

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