Air France embraces Airtel Money as payment option for flight tickets

Posted: July 25, 2013 in travel & tourism

air franceTelecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, Bharti Airtel has signed a partnership Agreement with Air France which will enable customers to purchase flight tickets from the French airline via Airtel Money.

When operational, the mobile money platform, Airtel Money, allows its customers to conduct financial transactions quickly and easil, even as it has already been widely adopted by corporate, government and individual customers for the purchase of airtime, Person-2-Person cash transfers and utility bill payments.

“We are fully aware that a lot of our customers have hectic schedules and they don’t have time to go to travel agencies to purchase their plane tickets. Running petty errands can be time consuming. The introduction of this new payment method highlights the commitment of Airtel to finding convenient solutions for all its customers,” said Charles Alexis Boukinda, the Director of Airtel Money Gabon.

On his part, Nicolas Soulie, the director of Air France Gabon, stated that the use of mobile money for the payment of flight tickets is a first for the company, just as he further lauded the initiative for its innovativeness.

“Air France customers now have a wider choice of payment methods. Consistently providing convenience for our clientele is something we strive to achieve on a daily basis”, he said.

Soulie further explained that a prospective air traveller wishing to buy an Air France flight ticket via Airtel Money needs to make a reservation through an agency or on the internet. According to him, after that, he can easily make the payment via Airtel Money on his mobile phone, as the purchased plane ticket will be sent to his e-mail address along with a confirmation SMS on the purchase of the ticket.

“Airtel Money is a safe and secure service that is password-protected through state-of-the-art security systems”, said Boukinda, adding:“Many banks and other institutions use this method of payment in the 17 African countries where we operate in. It is a safe and effective way to conduct financial transactions.”

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