Continental Airlines flight crews today begin
accepting credit and debit cards exclusively for on-board
purchases (except Duty-free).
Continental says it is making the change in
response to feedback from customers and flight crews who expressed
interest in using card readers for on-board purchases to eliminate
the hassle of fumbling for money and making correct change. The
hand-held devices read cards for purchases of alcoholic beverages
and headsets during flight in addition to providing valuable sales
information to help better manage product inventory. Cash is still
being accepted for Duty-free purchases. Testing of the hand-held
devices began in the summer of 2009.
The new cashless system will be available on all
Continental Airlines mainline flights, except for service to and
from China, as the company continues to develop its process for
accepting that country’s predominant credit card, The China Union
Pay card. Cash is still being accepted on Continental Express,
Continental Connection and Continental Micronesia flights.
Continental is aiming to switch to a cashless cabin on those
flights in the first quarter of 2010.
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