UK tech firm sells software to African carrier

British technology firm Worldpay has struck a significant deal to supply payments technology to African carrier Ethiopian Airlines.


The software will allow customers searching for flights on the airline’s website to see fares displayed in their local currency.


The payment processing technology has been integrated into Ethiopian’s Sabre reservations system.


The airline said Worldpay’s global acquiring network would reduce the cost and risk associated with international payment acceptance, and would allow it to offer local payment methods to a global marketplace.


Worldpay’s Vice President of Airlines, Mike Parkinson, said the technology would increase sales conversions.


“The payments landscape can be complex, and it is important for airlines to establish a payment infrastructure that delivers a commercial advantage,” he said.


“Worldpay’s expertise is an important factor in helping an innovative and expansionist carrier such as Ethiopian Airlines meet its goals.”


Nega Mekonnen, CFO Ethiopian Airlines, said the deal would allow the airline to offer its customers a wider range of payment options to suit their preferences.


Ethiopian is midst of implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025, which it hopes will make it the leading aviation group in Africa.

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