Mon, 5 March 2018

Qatar Airways Expands Partnership with UnionPay

Qatar Airways has expanded its partnership with international bank card network UnionPay to an additional 31 countries and regions.

Customers in Qatar, Kuwait, India, Oman, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil and South Africa, among others, can now take advantage of UnionPay’s secure payment option when booking tickets on the airline’s website.

Both parties have said that they will also look at creating a new and exclusive co-branded card that will provide UnionPay customers exclusive benefits on selected products by Qatar Airways.

The expansion of the agreement was signed on 28 February 2018 at a special ceremony held at the UnionPay head office in Shanghai, represented by Mr. Marwan Koleilat (second from right), Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Asia Pacific; and Mr. Larry Wang (second from left), UnionPay International Vice President. Click to enlarge.

Qatar Airways Senior Vice President Asia Pacific, Mr. Marwan Koleilat, said, “We always seek to ensure that our passengers’ journey is smooth and seamless, from the moment they book their tickets until the point at which they reach their final destination. The expansion of our agreement with UnionPay will provide even more customers the opportunity to use UnionPay as their preferred payment option when booking their tickets online, ensuring a convenient and hassle-free booking experience.”

With about 90 million cards issued outside mainland China, UnionPay is offering payment convenience to a growing number of global customers. Now, UnionPay is accepted at more than 10 million online merchants based in more than 200 countries and regions outside mainland China. It is particularly convenient to make travel reservations with UnionPay cards online. Today, passengers are able to use UnionPay cards to purchase flight tickets at the official website of more than 40 international airlines. In 2017, online flight ticket transaction volume of UnionPay grew by 140% year-on-year.

UnionPay International Vice President, Mr. Larry Wang, said, “As more and more travellers prefer to go on free-and-independent travels, UnionPay International continues to deepen our partnerships with international airlines, to provide safe and smooth online flight ticket purchase service to our global customers. Our expanded agreement with Qatar Airways will increase UnionPay card acceptance rate in the airline industry, offering better card-using experiences to UnionPay cardholders outside mainland China. The co-branded card to be issued will enhance the benefits we provide for our cardholders in the aviation industry, and will enhance UnionPay’s value proposition and boost our overseas expansion.”

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