JetBlue Airways to accept Apple Pay, will deploy iPad minis for its inflight crewmembers

JetBlue Airways (New York) today announced plans to be the first major domestic carrier in the U.S. to accept Apple Pay™ in the sky, making mobile payments at cruising altitude simple and speedy.

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Above Photo: JetBlue Airways.

Apple Pay gives customers an easy and secure way to pay for onboard purchases of premium offerings. Customers often already have their mobile phone in hand or nearby when the time comes to buy a snack or amenity. Those with an iPhone® 6, iPhone 6 Plus and soon Apple Watch™ can use Apple Pay to purchase premium offerings such as EatUp snack boxes and à la carte food options from the EatUp Café, premium beverages, onboard amenities and Even More Space seating.

An iPad mini for Every Inflight Crewmember

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To enable Apple Pay in the air, JetBlue will deploy iPad minis and NFC-enabled cases to more than 3,500 inflight crewmembers. In addition to the cases with Apple Pay compatibility, each iPad mini will be loaded with a custom-designed iOS app — The Inflight Service Assistant — which will give inflight crewmembers access to customer manifest and flight data to provide the best experience possible to JetBlue customers.

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The Inflight Service Assistant app offers crewmembers the ability to easily identify TrueBlue and Mosaic loyalty members by name for those special touches like wishing a customer a happy birthday. The iOS app will also offer timely flight information, aircraft configuration and safety information, along with the cases that offer with the payment processing capability for Apple Pay and traditional credit card purchases.

In addition to onboard purchases, JetBlue customers will be able use Apple Pay to complete purchases in JetBlue’s mobile iOS app later this year.

Copyright Photo: Ken Petersen/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 N937JB (msn 6245) in the Prism tail design taxies at New York (JFK).

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