June 9, 2014
On 9th June 2014, Qatar Airways announced a strategic partnership with Safaricom in order to launch a new service that now allows users to pay for tickets from Qatar Airways utilizing M-Pesa.
The new payment solution has been introduced to give passengers a much more flexible payment method. Our passengers want to be able to book tickets 24/7 and instantly access our latest offers,' stated Qatar Airways Country Manager Kenya, Sami Debbiche, in a press release. 'So this solution is both user-friendly and gives passengers greater flexibility. Qatar Airways is committed to continually innovating and improving our products and services like this to enhance the travel experience for our passengers,' he added.
'We are proud to be associated withQatar Airways - one of the world's leading airlines. Our goal is to remain relevant to market needs and this is the reason why M-PESA is constantly seeking strategic partnerships aimed at meeting our customers at their point of need, commented Safaricom's GM for financial
M-PESA commands more than one third of all mobile money
It currently has a subscriber base of more than 18.1 million individual customers. The success of M-PESA is based on the ubiquity of the mobile phone over any other form of technology which has subsequently enabled mobile money to leap frog other forms of technology and indeed financial services providers.