Kenya Airways launches MTN Mobile Money payment option for Air Tickets

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Kenya Airways, the pride of Africa,  and Uganda’s  leading Mobile Money  service provider, MTN Uganda have partnered to launch  a service that allows customers to pay for Kenya Airways tickets using MTN Mobile Money.  This additional payment option is part of the airline’s efforts to embrace technology and the convenience and improved customer experiences that come with it.

Speaking at the launch, the airlines Head of Information Systems Development, Mr. Henry Obare said that the MTN Mobile Money Payment option has registered success in the sale of Kenya Airways tickets through Mobile Money services in Kenya. He expressed optimism that the Uganda market will enjoy the ease and convenience that comes with the use of this service.

Mr.Obare explained that the airline has been at the forefront in embracing advancements within the mobile and ICT sector to enhance the customer experience.

“We not only focus on offering an excellent in-flight experience for our customers but also on making the entire end-to-end journey (right from the purchase of the tickets to the handling at destination airports)   pleasant,” said Mr. Obare.

On his part, MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer Ernst Fonternel welcomed the partnership with Kenya Airways adding that they are a new addition to a number of other stakeholders who have partnered with MTN Mobile Money to deliver convenience to over 8 million customers on the MTN network.

Fonternel said since the launch of  the service five years back, MTN Mobile Money has enjoyed unprecedented success, registering in excess of 25million transactions each month with more than 4.5 million customers active on Mobile Money.

“As per the GSMA 2012 Global Mobile Money adoption survey, MTN Uganda ranks 2nd in the world in the of number of active Mobile Money customer accounts. Today, as we launch this partnership with Kenya Airways, I’m hopeful that the Airline’s customers will find MTN Mobile Money an easy, convenient, safe and secure service,” Mr. Fonternel said.

With the new option to pay with Mobile Money, Kenya Airways customers will visit the Airline’s website or call its offices to make a reservation and obtain a reference number and flight quotation in Uganda Shillings. The customer will thereafter go to their phone’s Mobile Money menu, and select Pay Bill option, enter short code KQ, then the reference number and the amount to be paid for the air ticket. The transaction details will be displayed on the customers’ phone instantly. And the airline will email the air ticket back to the customer. The ticket may also be collected at any of Kenya Airways offices worldwide.

Kenya Airways operates 5 daily flights between Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport and its hub in Nairobi, and serves over 45 African destinations, having launched its 61st destination to Blantyre in Malawi this month.

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For more information please contact Rose Kiseli  on rose.kiseli@kenya-airways.com or  visit www.kenya-airways.com

About Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to over 59 destinations worldwide, 40 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 41 aircraft fleet being one of the most modern in Africa. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. In 2010, it scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year in Africa. Kenya Airways takes pride for being at the fore front of connecting Africa to the world and the World to Africa through its hub Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

About MTN Uganda

Launched in 1998, MTN Uganda is the leading communications operator in Uganda, offering Mobile and Fixed telecommunications, Mobile Money Services and Internet Service Provisioning. As of 30 June 2013, MTN Uganda recorded 8 million subscribers across Uganda. Visit us at www.mtn.co.ug and for our football fans www.mtnfootball.com. Customers can also follow us on www.youtube.com/mtnug and www.twitter.com/mtnugandacare for assistance.

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator, connecting subscribers in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN.” As of 30 June 2013, MTN recorded 201.5 million subscribers across 22 countries. Visit us at www.mtn.com ,www.mtnbusiness.com , www.mtnmmo.com  and for our football fans www.mtnfootball.com.