Alaska is the first airline to enable customers to make inflight purchases with a simple tap from their iPhone or Apple Watch to pay with Apple Pay, other digital wallet, or contactless credit or debit card.
Alaska Airlines’ flight attendants use iPhones onboard the aircraft to make sure passengers are seated correctly, deliver pre-ordered meals, and take snack and alcohol orders. Because of new technology from Apple and Alaska Airlines’ partnership with Stripe, a financial infrastructure platform for businesses, it can now use those iPhones to accept contactless payment.
“We’re constantly innovating to give our guests the most seamless and caring experience possible,” said Charu Jain, Senior Vice President of Innovation and Merchandising. “We’re proud to partner with Stripe to be the first airline to bring Apple’s Tap to Pay on iPhone technology to flight.”
Tap to Pay on iPhone is rolling out on select flights and will be available across the Alaska Airlines fleet in the next few months.