Surf Air, a regional air transporter last week began accepting bitcoin and ethereum as a medium of payment. The cryptocurrencies can be used for the company’s monthly membership and charter services.
The “all-you-can-pay” private airline services provider will now allow clients pay for their seats with these two digital currencies and digital currency payment options could expand as things proceed. Surf Air currently services several cities including California, Texas and parts of Europe.
According to a report by the independent, the company allows its members to pay monthly fees in order to access its planes to fly as many times as they want. The company provides specialized services that do not let its customers stand in line for security checks since they are pre-screened using government-approved background checks.
Surf Air is conducting this cryptocurrency aspect of its operation in collaboration with Coinbase – Coinbase will be handling the payment aspect of things. The Airline’s CEO Sudhin Shahani said that the decision to accept cryptocurrencies is a process in their quest to disrupt the wider airline industry.
“Digital currency has been on our radar from the very beginning and we are excited to provide our members with another quick and seamless way to do business with Surf Air,” he said.
Surf Air will not be the first airline to accept cryptocurrencies for payment. A couple of small airlines, usually regional airlines have been accepting cryptocurrencies since the last couple of years. A couple of airline operations are already being piloted on blockchain by a number of industry players. Some of the air travel operations being explored on blockchain include ticketing, tracking and maintenance.