Gulf carrier Emirates is now offering customers in the UK access to Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payment service.
The new payment option sees Emirates become the first global airline to allow its customers to access Apple Pay when booking online, making mobile flight ticket purchase easier.
Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When credit or debit cards are added to Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers.
Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on the device. Each transaction is authorised with a one-time unique dynamic security code.
Emirates will offer Apple Pay within its app, available on the App Store. Online booking is as simple as the touch of a finger with Touch ID, removing the need to manually fill out lengthy account forms when confirming flight tickets. Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.
Purchasing tickets via Apple Pay will provide the same rewards and beneﬁts offered by credit and debit cards. Emirates has plans to extend this service to other markets as soon as it becomes available.