China’s popular social media platform WeChat has made in-flight mobile payment possible by post-landing settlement. WeChat Pay has rolled out a pilot in-flight mobile payment service for passengers taking two flights carried by Spring Airlines.
WeChat Pay users with a credit score above 550 can apply for the service, which enables them to make purchases without access to the internet during the flight and pay automatically via their accounts after landing. The service will be promoted to other flights to improve the in-flight shopping experience.
China is the world’s largest mobile payment service market, with both tech and financial giants promoting their own tools to facilitate easier payments for daily shopping, dining and commuting.