ARC Brings Alipay Payment Option to Travel Agency Channel

Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) is pleased to announce that it is now
offering airlines the ability to accept Alipay as a form of payment for
tickets sold through the travel agency channel. Alipay is a mobile and
online payment platform based in China with more than 500 million users.
ARC’s new offering to agencies is made possible by its partnership with
Universal Air Travel Plan (UATP).

“Alipay is widely recognized as one of the largest payment platforms in
the world, and as people from China travel to the U.S. they want to use
their preferred payment method,” said Chuck Fischer, ARC’s managing
director of airline services. “For airlines that choose to accept
Alipay, ARC now provides the means to extend this payment platform to
the agency channel. ARC continues to work with UATP to enable other
payment options for airlines and agencies that can be easily integrated
into their revenue accounting systems.”

As airlines and online travel agencies seek ways to enhance the customer
experience, providing payment options that are familiar and seamless is
key to gaining and retaining those customers. ARC anticipates that its
airline and agency customers will desire to accept Alipay in the very
near future. And when they are ready, ARC will be ready to support them.

“Customer demand for Alipay, and other payment options continues to grow
and we want to fulfill that demand,” stated UATP’s VP of Business
Development, Tom Cunningham. “Having the agency channel ready for Alipay
acceptance is crucial; naturally, working with ARC is fundamental to
meet this demand.”

About ARC:

The Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) is the premier driver of air
travel intelligence and commerce in the travel industry with leading
business solutions, travel agency accreditation services, process and
financial management tools and high-quality data. In 2017, ARC settled
$88.5 billion worth of airline ticket transactions for more than 7,000
travel agencies with 12,000 points of sale. Established in 1984, ARC is
an ISO 27001 certified company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia,
with offices in Louisville, Kentucky, Tampa, Florida and San Juan,
Puerto Rico. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com and www.twitter.com/arctalk.
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About UATP

UATP is a global payment solution owned and operated by the world’s
airlines and accepted by thousands of merchants for air, rail and travel
agency payments. UATP connects airlines to Alternative Forms of Payment
which can expand reach and generate incremental sales globally. UATP
offers easy-to-use data tools, DataStream? and DataMine?, which provide
comprehensive account details to Issuers and Corporate Subscribers for
accurate travel management.

Accepted as a form of payment for corporate business travel worldwide by
airlines, travel agencies and Amtrak®; UATP accounts are issued by:
Aeromexico; Air Canada (TSE:AC) Air New Zealand (ANZFF.PK); Air Niugini;
American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL); APG Airlines; Austrian Airlines; China
Eastern Airlines (NYSE: CEA); Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL); EL AL Israel
Airlines; Etihad Airways; Frontier Airlines; GOL Linhas aereas
inteligentes S.A. (NYSE: GOL and Bovespa: GOLL4); Hahn Air; Japan
Airlines (9201:JP); JetBlue Airways; Malaysia Airlines; Qantas Airways
(QUBSF.PK); Shandong Airlines; Sichuan Airlines; Southwest Airlines;
Transavia Airlines; TUIfly GmbH; Turkish Airlines (ISE:THYAO); United
Airlines (NYSE: UAL) and WestJet. AirPlus International issues the
UATP-based Company Account for Lufthansa German Airlines.

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