Qatar Airways is expanding its partnership with international bank card network, UnionPay International, to include a further 31 countries and regions.
An agreement was finalised at an exclusive ceremony held at the UnionPay International head office in Shanghai, with representatives including senior vice president Asia Pacific, Qatar Airways, Marwan Koleilat and vice president, UnionPay International, Larry Wang.
This development provides a convenient payment option for even more Qatar Airways passengers globally when booking tickets on the carrier’s website. Customers in countries such as Qatar, Kuwait, India, Oman, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil and South Africa, among others, will be able to make the most of UnionPay’s secure payment option when booking their journey to more than 150 destinations on Qatar Airways’ extensive global network.
In addition to this, Qatar Airways and UnionPay will closely collaborate on various sales and marketing initiatives. Both parties 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.
Koleilat declared: “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.”
Also speaking on the extended partnership was Wang: “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.”