The article was updated on 14 November, 2019 by Amicus.
26 July, 2019 | AtoZ Markets - As per media reports, Norwegian Air Shuttle will allow bitcoin payments for its passengers. Apart from that, Norwegian business also magnate Bjørn Kjos and his family, who own Norwegian Air, will launch their crypto exchange.
Norwegian Air is ready to accept bitcoin payment
Norwegian Air is a low-cost airline and Norway's largest airline. It is one of the giants in the air travel industry. In Europe, it has a fleet of 195 aircraft servicing over 500 routes. The local business newspaper has reported that the Norwegian aircraft company will introduce bitcoin payment for the passenger. And it will also launch its crypto exchange.
The Norwegian Air crypto exchange dubbed as the Norwegian Block Exchange (NBX). As per reports, that will see the light in late August this year. Once the exchange is launched, it will act as a payment solution to the Norwegian Air Shuttle. However, that is the third major cheap-cost airline in Europe.
According to the media, after the initial rollout, the exchange will spread its services to the neighboring countries in the coming months. The aircraft company plans to start providing a bitcoin payment solution for Norwegian Air Shuttle customers this autumn. The passengers will be enabled to buy tickets using this new solution instead of using their credit cards.
The new Norwegian Air crypto exchange (NBX) will allow users to earn cash points by trading. And it also integrated into the current rewards program of Norwegian Air. However, the points earned on NBX , customers can use it for ticket discounts and other interesting perks. Stig A. Kjos-Mathisen will be the head of the NBX.
Giant corporations to introduce
Norwegian Airlines is not the first company in the market to introduce bitcoin payment for its customers. In March 2019, Digitec Galaxus, the biggest Swiss online retailer, enabled its platform users to pay for their purchases with cryptocurrencies. According to the report, Digitec Galaxus decided to use cryptocurrency to increase its customer base and attract more young people.
The US introduced its bitcoin payment service in May 2019. This summer, Portuguese soccer giants Benfica have partnered with Utrust. It is a cryptocurrency payment solution company. Yet, it is becoming the first club in a top-flight European league to accept crypto payments.
As per the local media report, the idea of the bitcoin payment system integration in the air travel came from the Norwegian Air founder of Bjørn Kjos and his family. The magnate’s son, Lars Ola Kjos is a well-known bitcoin investor. He is also a board member of the Norwegian Block Exchange. However, the Kjos family owns almost outright, according to the report.
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