Ethiopian, Abay Bank partnership expands air ticket payment options
Ethiopian Airlines, the Largest Aviation Group in Africa and SKYTRAX Certified Four Star Global Airline has teamed up with Abay Bank to offer additional digital payment option for buying air tickets through Ethiopian mobile app.
The payment option which has gone live as of 13 December 2019 further enhances customers’ travel experience thereby expanding the airline’s digital offerings. The airline is a pioneer in Ethiopia’s e-commerce market and a major player in Africa’s digital payment industry, offering user-friendly solutions to its customers.
Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Miretab Teklay, Director of Integrated Marketing Communications, remarked, “We are delighted to team up with Abay Bank and add one more digital payment option into our e-commerce platform to ensure customers’ convenience across all touchpoints. Digitalization being one of the core elements of Vision 2025, we are continuously adapting agile systems in line with global technology trends to deliver unmatched customer experience. As a customer-centric airline, we will continue to roll out more digital options, always keeping the convenience of our passengers in mind.”
Mr. Belete Dagnew, Vice President – Corporate Service at Abay Bank, commented, “Since its establishment, Abay Bank has been working hard to meet the needs of its customers using state-of-the-art technology. Currently, the number of mobile banking service users of the bank has reached over 125,000, and based on the contractual agreement signed between the Bank and Ethiopian, customers can now pay for their airline tickets booked at Ethiopian Airlines using the Bank’s mobile banking service USSD code *812# in a simple and easy way or at any of Abay Bank’s branches.
I would like to express my pleasure at the inaugural ceremony of the Business Partnership between Abay Bank and the flag carrier Airliner and pride of Ethiopia - ET.’’
Contributing 44% of the airline’s domestic sectors online sales, Ethiopian’s user-friendly mobile app offers 6 international and 13 local payment options. The app is made available in three local languages, namely Amharic, Afan Oromo and Tigrinya.