Air China will issue UATP payment cards and accept all UATP
accounts as a form of payment, now that the Chinese national flag carrier has
joined the airline-owned UATP network.
Adding Air China—a member of the Star Alliance and the
largest brand airline in that country—"will support the rapid
transformation of corporate travel account management in the world's largest
travel market,” said Ralph Kaiser, president and CEO of UATP.
UATP in May partnered with Citcon,
a provider of merchant acquiring and other services related to the North
American and European acceptance of ubiquitous China-based mobile payment
systems Alipay, WeChat Pay and China UnionPay. Under that alliance, customers will
be able to make payments via those services to UATP member airlines.