Emirates Airline, the largest airline and one of two flag carriers of the United Arab Emirates, might soon start accepting bitcoin (EXANTE: Bitcoin) as payment method. In an interview with Arab News, Emirates COO Adel Ahmed Al-Redha said that Emirates is looking into the cryptocurrency market as the company is eager to employ bitcoin as a payment service.
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Although Ahmed Al-Redha declined to provide more details on that, he also said Emirates is considering to allow clients to trade non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and even enter the metaverse market. He said:
“With the metaverse, you will be able to transform your whole processes — whether it is in operation, training, sales on the website, or complete experience — into a metaverse type application, but more importantly making it interactive.”
To reach the milestone, the Dubai-headquartered airline will onboard new staff to make new applications to monitor customer needs. It remains unclear though how much efforts Emirates plans to put into the new business areas.
In February 2020, Travelers on Norwegian Air, one of the largest airlines in Europe, announced plans to allow clients to pay for services with cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. However, it remains unclear if the company still sticks to the plan as no updates were made since that announcement.
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